The Buccaneers were able to get a good haul from the 2022 NFL Draft. Here is where the rookies fit in for the 2022 season.
The draft is over, and now it is time to start looking at Buccaneers rookies and trying to figure out where they will fit in for this season.
A lot can change over the coming months en route to the start of the season, but here is where it looks like the rookies project to fit in for the season:
Logan Hall, DL
Hall brings some youth and natural athleticism to the defensive line alongside William Gholston and Vita Vea. Ndamukong Suh should be back in the next few weeks despite not being a need, but Hall could take over as the starter at some point during the season one way or another.
Luke Goedeke, OG
Everyone thought the Bucs would go after a guard to replace Ali Marpet, and that is exactly what they found in Goedeke. Don’t expect the same production in year one, but Goedeke is the favorite to start at guard alongside Shaq Mason.
Rachaad White, RB
The Bucs love what they have with Leonard Fournette, but they need someone else to serve as a consistent number two. Running back has been a bit of a tough rookie spot for the Bucs in the past, but White has a chance to finish the season with the second most total yards for Tampa at the position.
The Buccaneers would love to tap into that athleticism and try to bring in some of the passing game highlights from college to the NFL. Tom Brady can make it happen.
Cade Otton, TE
It is really hard for a rookie tight end to contribute on any team. Otton is the obvious TE3 if Gronk returns, and that should limit his touches if he gets many at all. Otton is still a quality option for Tampa down the road.
Jake Camarda, Punter
Sigh. He will be cheaper than Pinion.
Zyon McCollum, CB
Insanely athletic and in need of some molding in a Todd Bowles defense. He likely won’t see much of the field in 2022, but he could turn into a quality starter down the road with the right coaching from one of the best defensive coaching staffs in the business.
Ko Kieft, TE
Believe it or not, sixth-round picks aren’t the long shots to make the Bucs roster like most would believe. If Tampa really does have plans to run the ball more in 2022, Kieft has a real shot to make the roster as the next Antony Auclair.
Andre Anthony, Edge
The Bucs do have an opening at edge with the likely departure of Jason Pierre-Paul, but he is likely a practice squad option if the team wants their fourth pass rusher to contribute this season.
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