TAMPA BAY – The Buccaneers traded out of the first round of the NFL Draft, but that doesn’t mean they are going to miss out on any top players entering Day 2.
That’s because they have the top pick in the second round, but it’s also because there are plenty of top players still on the board. A few guys picked to go in the first round are still available, which sets the Buccaneers up to find good value on Day 2.
So, without further ado, and in no specific order, let’s take a look at the top-10 players that fit what the Buccaneers are looking for.
- DL Logan Hall – Yes, this is in no specific order, but it would be silly to not have Hall at the top of this list. The Buccaneers are very interested in him and there’s a great shot they take him at 33.
- CB Andrew Booth Jr. – The Buccaneers need help at corner and Booth Jr. is considered a raw, but coachable prospect with a high ceiling. He also fits with what Todd Bowles looks for in his cornerbacks.
- CB Roger McCreary – He was a top-30 visit for the Buccaneers and we know how Jason Licht likes Auburn corners. McCreary fits the mold and would be a good depth piece in Year 1.
- DL Perrion Winfrey – Winfrey isn’t as versatile as Hall, but he bolsters the pass rush productivity on the defensive line, which is what the Buccaneers are looking for in 2022.
- EDGE Boye Mafe – The kid is raw, but he has all the tools to be a high-caliber pass rusher in the NFL. He can develop behind the trio of Shaquil Barrett, Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, and Anthony Nelson, which is a perfect scenario for him.
- EDGE Arnold Ebiketie – See above with Mafe, except Ebiketie isn’t as raw.
- LB Nakobe Dean – Yes, Lavonte David is still around and the Buccaneers picked up Devin White’s fifth-year option before the draft. However, the Buccaneers need more depth at linebacker and while David is one of the best Bucs of all-time, there is no guarantee he returns in 2023.
- CB Kyler Gordon – The former Huskie has the versatility to play inside and out, he’s a tough tackler, and he’s good in run support. He’s raw, but sitting behind the trio of Carlton Davis III, Jamel Dean, and Sean Murphy-Bunting in 2022 will really help with his development.
- TE Tre McBride – The Buccaneers need help at tight end even if Rob Gronkowski returns. McBride is arguably the top player at his position and would be a nice get on Day 2.
- DL DeMarvin Leal – He was mocked to the Buccaneers in the first round of the draft at one point. Leal is in the mold of Winfrey and would put his hand in the dirt when getting after quarterbacks in Tampa Bay.
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