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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.