At No. 33 overall, the Bucs selected Houston defensive tackle Logan Hall. But according to CBS Sports Josina Anderson, the Bucs were also interested in Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker. Walker is widely considered one of the two best running backs in this year’s draft class.

It’s interesting that the Bucs would be interested in a running back this early in the draft. The team currently has Leonard Fournette and Giovanni Bernard, who were both re-signed this offseason. Ke’Shawn Vaughn, who was a 2020 third-round pick, is also on the roster, along with Kenjon Barber. While there is room for a fourth back on the team, Fournette is the undisputed starter and Bernard looks to help on third downs. Snaps would be difficult for Walker to find in year one.

Walker also did not have many opportunities in college to display two traits the Bucs put a premium on in running backs. Those two traits are pass-catching and pass protection. Walker totaled only 19 receptions for 136 yards and one touchdown over his three-year career at Michigan State. Additionally, he wasn’t asked to pass protect much, and when he was his tape was inconsistent at best.

While the Bucs had meetings with several running backs throughout the draft process, Walker was not one of them to Pewter Report’s knowledge. Obviously Anderson hears a lot of things in conversations with agents. She’s a good reporter who knows her stuff. But it would have been shocking if Walker were truly high on the Bucs’ board. The team will consider a lot of backs in this class. It’s unlikely Walker would have been a Jason Licht selection, but now we’ll never know. Seattle selected Walker at No. 41 overall.

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drdneast
drdneast
2 months ago

I think we had a RB like Walker just leave the Bucs for the Chiefs.

Dman
Dman
Reply to  drdneast
2 months ago

Yup. A non-story.

Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0
2 months ago

Walker is a better fit for the Hawks because they intend to run, run, and run the football. The Bucs are a pass first offense and they let RoJo walk. IMVHO.

drdneast
drdneast
2 months ago

We miss another stud in the TE McVey pick by not moving up four spots. Then a stud DE with 12.5 sacks last year gets swept away. Can’t wait to see what kicker Licht just moved for in the second round.

NC Greenbeard
NC Greenbeard
Reply to  drdneast
2 months ago

Can’t wait til you stop bitching about everything all the time

scubog
scubog
Reply to  NC Greenbeard
2 months ago

And it’s so undeserving for the GM of this very talented team.

Horse
Horse
2 months ago

I see the logic here and I accept this is a hit or miss. It’s important in our Offensive scheme to have a RB who is able to do all three facets that is required. We didn’t draft him because he is a can’t miss Hall of Fame player; lighten up you all.