Pewter Report publishes the latest NFL Mock Drafts on Mondays. Find out who some of the top draft websites have the Bucs picking in the first round. Some mock drafts go deeper and have multiple rounds.

NBC Sports’ Peter King

No. 27 – Buccaneers – Michigan OLB David Ojabo
Ojabo tore his Achilles at the Michigan Pro Day and likely will not play football in 2022. Before the injury, he was considered a prospect to go somewhere between seven and 15. I don’t know that he’ll get picked in the first, but I do know four teams are intently interested in him. One is having some significant medical tests done on him in the next two days, to see how his recovery is progressing and to judge whether he can play maybe very late this season or, if not, how healthy he will be a year from now.

Ojabo was the complement to Aidan Hutchinson on the Michigan defensive front, and his will and tenacity are much admired. If you’re the Bucs, you might not need the edge play of Ojabo this year. But with veteran rusher Shaq Barrett due to be 31 next year and the unsigned Jason Pierre Paul likely a one-year play this year if that, a duo of Ojabo and Joe Tryon-Shoyinka for the future is something the Bucs would love to have going forward.

Pro Football Focus’ Austin Gayle

No. 27 – Buccaneers – Georgia DT Devonte Wyatt
Wyatt cleared the 80th percentile in the 10-yard split (1.66s), 40-yard dash (4.77s) and broad jump (111 inches) at the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine. He also earned a career-high 89.8 PFF grade and ranked in the 95th percentile for PFF pass-rushing grade on true pass sets.

CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson (2-Round Mock)

Iowa State RB Breece Hall

Iowa State RB Breece Hall – Photo by: USA Today

No. 27 – Buccaneers – Clemson CB Andrew Booth, Jr.
Andrew Booth had a strong ’21 season for Clemson and he’s only going to get better with experience. Injuries could see him slip down draft boards but he’s a first-round talent for us all day long.

No. 60 – Iowa State RB Breece Hall

DraftWire’s Luke Easterling

No. 32 – Buccaneers (trade with Lions) – Houston DL Logan Hall
After dropping back five spots to the final pick of the first round, the Bucs get the explosiveness and pass rush ability they need to bolster their defensive front. Hall has an intriguing blend of size, length and versatility, making him a perfect fit for Todd Bowles’ defense.

Outkick’s Armando Salguero

No. 27 – Buccaneers – Michigan S Dax Hill
On the day he was introduced as the new head coach, Todd Bowles lamented the loss of safety Jordan Whitehead in free agency. Well, time to replace Jordan Whitehead. The Pick: S Dax Hill, Michigan

NFL.com’s Rhett Lewis

No. 27 – Buccaneers – Boston College G Zion Johnson
The Bucs lost both of their starting guards this offseason, but added to the offensive line via trade with New England. I still see another interior player with positional versatility making a lot of sense for a team that understands the importance of limiting interior defensive pressure in front of Tom Brady.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 27th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive coordinator/defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0
2 months ago

Build the trenches and bring in some defensive reinforcements.

magoobee
magoobee
2 months ago

Although I like Peter King’s reasoning, realistic after this year, the Bucs will be in a rebuild mode. Therefore, draft for whatever will help this year. Besides the number of older players that will not return, the Bucs will be in Cap Hell for a few years.

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  magoobee
2 months ago

Peter King proved what an idiot he is although he might have based that choice on Licht’s bonehead move to waste a valuable second round pick on a player who would never see the field last season. If he does that again this year with the first four picks he should be fired. The future is right now.

Gruden4President
Gruden4President
Reply to  magoobee
2 months ago

Why would the Bucs be in rebuild mode after this season? All of the free agents we signed were for 3 years losing 1 player even if it is your hof QB isn’t rebuilding. 🤣🤣

scubog
scubog
Reply to  Gruden4President
2 months ago

Totally agree with you. I think it’s insulting to the rest of this talented team when folks infer that without TB12, we’re headed for a return to the Yucs. Of course there will be some uncertainty at QB, but we won a championship with Brad Johnson and a mediocre offense. Others have won with similar less than elite QB’s (see Ravens with Dilfer). Might not be a top 6 team without Brady, but that doesn’t mean we’ll be picking first in the 2024 Draft without him.

michael
michael
2 months ago

We have 1 season left with this door open. Drafting a player who’s injured just isn’t smart for a win now situation. Get the highest rated player imo

Gruden4President
Gruden4President
Reply to  michael
2 months ago

Although I agree with you on the not drafting an injured player part again I’ll have to disagree with the 1 yr window part. We signed all of our free agent to 3 year deals and the cap is going up significantly over the next few years. If they don’t believe in Trask they will sign a top tier QB in free agency or trade for one just like the were gonna trade for Watson

Horse
Horse
2 months ago

My take whether Suh or Gronk come back, both those two positions will be addressed in the early rounds. Gronk tactic is hurting the team, and maybe he should see what he can do without Brady.

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  Horse
2 months ago

I’m sure the Bucs know what Gronk intends to do going into the draft. Gronk may act goofy but he is not the type of guy to string the team along. Whatever the case, the Bucs know they have him for one more season at the most.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  drdneast
2 months ago

I’m sure they do too DrD. Gronk is a seasoned professional who knows how to get himself ready for Training Camp. Brady isn’t at OTA’s either. Whatever “tactic” they want to employ is fine with me as long as they show up when it counts.