2021 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft analysis, all the picks, best value selection and biggest reach.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2021 NFL Draft Analysis
– It’s a smart draft for a team that didn’t have any glaring needs. This is how the rich get richer – it adds depth and options. Edge rusher Joe Tryon out of Washington was a wee bit of a reach with the last pick in the first round considering WR Elijah Moore and RB Javonte Williams would probably add more instant help, but it’s fine. It’s all fine.
– Kyle Trask was the perfect position pick for the perfect time. We can all quibble on the quarterback who should’ve gone there at the 64 – Stanford’s Davis Mills would’ve made more sense to let him sit for at least a year and learn – but there’s no problem with Trask. He’s going to fit the overall scheme just fine.
– There was no strength in numbers thing happening. The Buccaneers got a hodgepodge of random players, but the luxury of their situation was their ability to go with the best player available – at least for them – and not really worry about need.
Best Value Pick: QB Kyle Trask, Florida, 2nd round, 64th overall
Biggest Reach: WR Jaelon Darden, North Texas, 4th round, 129th overall
Late Flier That Could Work: LB KJ Britt, Auburn, 5th round, 176th overall
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2021 NFL Draft Picks
1 (32) EDGE Joe Tryon, Washington
2 (64) QB Kyle Trask, Florida
3 (95) OT Robert Hainsey, Notre Dame
4 (129) WR Jaelon Darden, North Texas
5 (176) LB KJ Britt, Auburn
7 (251) CB Chris Wilcox, BYU
7 (259) LB Grant Stuard, Houston
Well that all worked out well. The Buccaneers got a starting tackle in Tristan Wirfs at the 13, landed a budding star safety in Antoine Winfield Jr. at the 45, and landed an under-utilized WR in Tyler Johnson in the fifth who should become a factor soon. Oh yeah, and they won that Super Bowl thing. Now they’re in the position of not really needing anything, but …
They do. They do need things, and that’s going to be the big fight. How much do you go for it and try to milk one more special season out of Tom Brady, and how much do you look to the future? Fortunately, they can do both.
They don’t necessarily need anything specific at the 32, but they can either trade down with the last pick in the first round, or they can hammer down the interior of the defensive front. They can get reinforcements for the defensive side, but is it worth to take a quarterback at the 95 in the third or the 137 in the fourth? Probably not.
The Buccaneers won’t get another TB12, but there won’t be too many issues getting quarterbacks to like the idea of playing in Tampa. When that time comes, the free agent market will be easier than hoping to develop a mid-round draft pick into the guy who replaces the GOAT.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2020 NFL Draft Picks
1 OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
2 S Antoine Winfield, Minnesota
3 RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt
5 WR Tyler Johnson, Minnesota
6 DT Khalil Davis, Nebraska
7 LB Chapelle Russell, Temple
7 RB Raymond Calais, Louisiana
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