The 2022 NFL Draft is almost here, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers need a very clear plan to find success. Here is where they should start.
Let’s face it, the 2021 draft class by the Buccaneers was not on par with their previous years. Perhaps you can argue that a dominant free agency period made it easier to make picks on players that didn’t need to contribute, but that group is still hard to look at with hindsight.
Joe Tryon-Shoyinka looks like a hit as a potential starter this year instead of veteran Jason Pierre-Paul, but he might be the only one in that group with that type of potential.
Kyle Trask is a question mark, Jaelon Darden looks like a miss, and the other players essential peak as special teams contributors. Special teams might be important, but spending draft picks on guys that will only ever contribute in those areas is a waste.
The name of the game right now for the Bucs is winning in 2022. Setting Todd Bowles up for success started with a free agency period that added key players and depth guys on both sides of the ball, but it doesn’t stop there.
The draft will play a huge role in how well this team plays going forward, and the Bucs need a legitimate draft plan to put Bowles and Tom Brady in the best position possible.