TAMPA BAY – The Buccaneers only have two tight ends on the roster and one of them has played a total 19 offensive snaps over the course of his short career.
Yet, that wasn’t enough for the Buccaneers to select a tight end with the 91st overall pick in the NFL Draft. Instead, they selected Arizona State running back Rachaad White.
What makes this pick even more confusing is the Buccaneers have three backs on the roster that are more than capable of carrying the load in 2022. Leonard Fournette is under contract for three years, Ke’Shawn is under contract through 2023, and Giovani Bernard is back for another run in 2022. All three players have their own unique skillset and Fournette’s three-down back capabilities lessen the need for a back even more.
However, White has the other three backs primarily don’t – quickness, shiftiness, and home-run speed. The Buccaneers need a speedster after watching Ronald Jones II leave in free agency, so White at least fills that void. White can also catch out of the backfield and can eventually become a three-down back, himself. Even if it’s a long shot.
But, at the same time, draft experts such as The Athletic‘s Dane Brugler had White listed as a fifth-round talent, so the pick has Vaughn vibes from the 2020 draft. Vaughn was considered a reach in the third round then, much like White is now.
White’s selection either confirms Rob Gronkowski’s return or it confirms the Buccaneers taking a tight end in the fourth round of the draft. Either way, this pick was a head-scratcher, to say the least.
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