Two weeks from now, the 2022 NFL Draft will be nearly underway. The Bucs sit at No. 27 overall without any obvious, crying needs. That makes it a little bit of a mystery what direction they’ll go in the draft. But The Athletic’s draft expert Dane Brugler took a crack at predicting all six of the Bucs’ 2022 draft picks in his latest 7-round mock draft.

At No. 27, Brugler selected Georgia defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt. Based on my observations, this would be a home run pick in the eyes of most Bucs’ fans. Tampa Bay currently has just four of last year’s defensive tackle rotation under contract in Vita Vea, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Will Gholston and Pat O’Connor. And O’Connor is seldomly used on defense, so at least two rotation spots are open.

Georgia DT Devonte Wyatt

Georgia DT Devonte Wyatt – Photo by: USA Today

Wyatt would immediately fill a huge need for the Bucs, providing an athletic, disruptive 3-technique next to Vea. Last year at Georgia, Wyatt managed 2.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss. But he played as part of a deep rotation, only seeing the field for 423 snaps. During the pre-draft process, Wyatt has proven his athleticism and talent. He needs polish as a pass rusher, but he’s a good run defender with terrific explosiveness and range. Wyatt is the prototype defensive tackle that Bruce Arians’ described from the team’s wish list at the NFL Scouting Combine.

“For us right now, it’s quickness,” Arians said when asked at the Combine what the Bucs need up front. “We’ve got strength. We’ve got plenty of strength. We need some quickness in the interior pass rush. We’ve got a good outside pass rush. So for us, it’s watching these guys and seeing whose interior pass rush [fits us]. But also who is still stout enough to stop the run.

“We don’t need another Vita [Vea]. There’s not another one out there anyway. And if we get our guys back (Suh, Gholston, Steve McLendon), I’m fine too. But we need something quicker in there.”

Bucs Crush Day 2 In Brugler Mock Draft

Colorado State TE Trey McBride Bucs

Colorado State TE Trey McBride – Photo by: USA Today

In the second round, Brugler chose Colorado State tight end Trey McBride for the Bucs. McBride has visited with the team several times over the past few months. He was interviewed formally at the Combine, before meeting with Tampa Bay on a Top 30 visit recently. Since Rob Gronkowski has yet to make a decision on his future, Cam Brate is the only legit tight end on the roster right now. The Bucs are almost certain to select a tight end in this draft, and there is clear interest in McBride. This pick makes a lot of sense.

For the Bucs’ third round pick, Brugler selected UCLA offensive lineman Sean Rhyan. Again, this is very much a Bucs’ type of player. Rhyan played left tackle his entire career at UCLA, but will be a guard in the NFL. In the past, GM Jason Licht has selected college tackles (Ali Marpet, Alex Cappa, Robert Hainsey, Nick Leverett) to move them inside. Rhyan is a good athlete with terrific power and size. He also hasn’t missed a game in three seasons. He’s the prototype of what the Bucs look for along the offensive line.

Tampa Bay Lands Steal On Day 3

Texas A&M RB Isaiah Spiller

Texas A&M RB Isaiah Spiller- Photo by: USA Today

If the Bucs are able to come away with Texas A&M running back Isaiah Spiller in Round 4, every Bucs fan should be beaming. That’s how Brugler has it playing out. Spiller is a perfect fit in Tampa Bay, with the size, polish and well-rounded skill set to make an early impact. He may not have to, given Leonard Fournette and Giovani Bernard’s presence on the roster. But Spiller’s tackle-breaking and elusiveness, combined with excellent third down skills, would push for playing time anyway.

Brugler’s mock concludes with the Bucs selecting Michigan CB Vincent Gray and Clemson LB Baylon Spector in the seventh round.

This would be an outstanding haul for the Bucs. If they don’t trade back, it’s hard to imagine many better results playing out in two weeks. All that would be left is for the team to re-sign Gronkowski and Ndamukong Suh to complete the 2022 roster.

You can read the entire 32-team, 7-round mock draft right here.

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Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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danielob
danielob
2 months ago

Good draft but I think Spiller won’t last until the 4th round, and it doesn’t address what I consider a big area of need, cornerback. I know we shored up the backfield in free agency but this is a deep draft for corners, we need a developmental guy coming up for next season when Dean and SMB are free agents. With all the injuries we had we should not sit still. Another O lineman in the third should be replaced with a corner.

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  danielob
2 months ago

Another offensive players draft. Doesn’t Brady have enough toys to play with. And this team doesn’t need any “developmental” players like Trask. We have one more year of a Super Bowl window and Licht better realize it. Package some picks together to move up in rounds one through three and get two defensive starters and a RB or TE.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  drdneast
2 months ago

When you already have a Super Bowl caliber roster, a team can and should certainly afford to bring in developmental talent. That’s the whole point of a draft when a team is in the position of the Bucs. Beside, nearly 100% of all rookies are “developmental”. It is extremely rare to get a rookie who not only starts immediately but plays at a high level from Week 1 onwards. Tristan Wirfs fit that description as a rookie. As did Mike Evans. Both first rounders, while all too many other first rounders and later picks either failed outright, or failed to… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Naplesfan
theman101
theman101
2 months ago

Ya if they change the Tackle pick to Cam Taylor-Britt That would be the best case draft I could see

toofamiliar17
toofamiliar17
Reply to  theman101
2 months ago

Don’t really think he’s a Bucs corner. Just purely from a raw traits standpoint. Bowles has shown a clear affinity for big, long corners with decent or better speed. Britt’s not tiny, but he is average or lower in all size measurements. I would be surprised for us to take him. But, we’ll see soon enough. Schematically, he did excel in a lot of concepts the Bucs like to utilize, so maybe they overlook his size deficiencies due to other factors.

Eddie
Eddie
2 months ago

Please draft a corner back in the early rounds. Almost like a blind spot with the front office

toofamiliar17
toofamiliar17
Reply to  Eddie
2 months ago

I don’t know what you mean here. We drafted both Dean and Davis, both of whom are great players in the league today. We’ve also had some misses for sure, but it’s not like we haven’t shown an ability to nail corners in our scouting department.

magoobee
magoobee
2 months ago

I would be surprised to see any of the first 4 picks make it to the Bucs selection. But if they do, they should be very happy with the draft.
For the 7th round picks, I would rather see them go for more upside with a smaller school. Instead of Gray, why not Joshua Williams out of Fayetteville State University or Zyon McCollum, Sam Houston State.
Instead of Spector, how about Troy Anderson, Montana State or D’Marco Jackson, Appalachian State.

toofamiliar17
toofamiliar17
Reply to  magoobee
2 months ago

These players in the 7th round? lol there’s no way that happens. Multiple of these guys are being projected as high as the mid to late 2nd round in this draft. In this full-league mock, McCollum goes with the 89th overall pick. Williams two picks before him at 87. Troy Anderson is taken with the last pick of the second round, 64th overall.

While we’re at it, it would be killer value to get Kayvon Thibodeaux with our 4th rounder. Let’s do that! lol

magoobee
magoobee
Reply to  toofamiliar17
2 months ago

You missed my point. Instead of drafting late big college players, that obvious were not difference makers plus having exceptional talent round them, go for a player from a small school where they had very little around them.
Second, small school prospects normally fall in a draft because teams never really know how they will adapt to bigger and faster competition.

toofamiliar17
toofamiliar17
Reply to  magoobee
2 months ago

I thought your point was that we should take one of the guys you mentioned instead of Gray. I thought that because you said: For the 7th round picks, I would rather see them go for more upside with a smaller school. Instead of Gray, why not Joshua Williams out of Fayetteville State University or Zyon McCollum, Sam Houston State. The reality is that the tradeoff you present (one of those guys INSTEAD OF Gray) isn’t going to be available to us, because Gray is going to go late on day three of the draft, and those other players you… Read more »

twspin
twspin
2 months ago

I do believe this is our window upcoming. But we will not get there with an average defense like last year. Our defense needs to be at least good. How many more toys does our God Brady need? We will not win a SB with our current Defense. Other teams have and are getting better. Whats the use in scoring 31 when the opposition scores 32? True, Brady will win quite a few games. We had better pray our defense can either stop somebody or get off the field when we need it. FIX THIS AVERAGE DEFENSE…PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

Spitfire
Spitfire
2 months ago

Nailing down a Stud DT and Stud TE in Round 1 and 2 would be a knock out in itself. The LG spot is still a big ? But in the 3rd we should probably be going RB or CB. Fournette and Bernard are a solid 1-2 punch but I would love to see us grab a young do-it-all back for the future. CB depth is important too but I’m hoping Edwards and Ryan and push SMB out and that we will grab another Vet SS in FA to go along with Keanu. It’s tough cause you can’t have everything… Read more »

Erik Jager
Erik Jager
2 months ago

What no first-round G pick? So good to me. Priority for a TE. More logic. Their biggest need is DL, but getting a good DL with the 27th pick may not be easy. Running back is another good priority. I like this draft model much better than most other pewter report mock draft. Zion Johnson and Kenyon Green are too much the focus of mock drafts.

toofamiliar17
toofamiliar17
2 months ago

Don’t care for McBride in the 2nd, but outside of that, tough to argue with this. I’d prefer an edge player drafted there, as behind Tryon and Shaq right now, we don’t have anyone I feel confident about taking significant snaps as a rotational pass rusher. And there are some guys who look like they could be available that would be strong additions for that purpose. Among guys still available in Brugler’s mock, I would happily take all of Paschal (UK), DeAngelo Malone (WKU), and Cameron Thomas (SDSU) are all edge defenders I’d take over McBride. If we’d rather go… Read more »

toofamiliar17
toofamiliar17
2 months ago

At tight end, in general, I’ve come to think we should either be drafting a high upside athlete and/or a projectable blocking specialist at the position on day three, or passing on the position altogether. There are no clearly premium options here, iMO. Drafting an average-ish starter at the position in the 2nd round is a waste of a premium pick. So give me late upside, late blocking, or nothing. Then you hope Gronk comes back. And if he doesn’t, if he stays retired, then you take your pick between some aging veterans who can do a little bit of… Read more »

scubog
scubog
2 months ago

Seems to me too many folks are focusing on the defense’s game against the Rams, and in particular the last Rams’ drive, and little else. Actual defensive standings are being totally disregarded and replaced by ill-advised perceptions. There is virtually no consideration (excuse if you will) given for the inordinate number of defensive injuries, in particular to the secondary, the whole season. The ongoing narrative that “the defense sucks” is simply inaccurate. I’m not saying it was the 2002 group, but it sure was a far cry from the 1976 version. That one really did “suck”. In two short weeks,… Read more »

Action Jackson 72
Action Jackson 72
2 months ago

Impressive haul from a mock draft? Come on man.