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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Draft Grade

The defending Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round with the 32nd pick, they took Joe Tryon, the outside linebacker from Washington. He's 6'5" 260 pounds, he ran a 4.6 40 yard dash and had a 35 inch vertical at his pro day. This is a player who was highly productive and a big time player in the Pac-12. In 2019 had 12.5 tackles for a loss, 8 sacks, 28 quarterback hurries, and he forced 15 incompletions in coverage. He opted out of the 2020 season after being named a preseason All American and a Butkus and Bronko Nagurski watch list guy, so he was coming into a year where people expected big things from Joe Tryon. He is a big time linebacker but is a guy who definitely flew under the radar a little bit. I thought he was a late first, maybe early second round pick, but I totally understand this selection by the Buccaneers because he's big, he's athletic and versatile. He even played some defensive tackle at Washington, just to explain how versatile of a defender he is. His closing speed to the quarterback is impressive. Tryon closes the gap in a hurry and is just an awesome athlete but he does need to develop his pass rush moves, he's a little bit on the raw side. Joe Tryon is a big time athlete with big time upside. He'll need some time to develop but with guys like Shaq Barrett and Jason Pierre Paul, in front of him, I think it's going to allow him to do just that. So, I think he's a guy who's going to see the field as a rotational player year one. He's not a day one starter, but a luxury pick for the Super Bowl champs in the first round.

In the second round with the 64th pick the Tampa Bay Buccaneers definitely shock some people and took Kyle Trask, the quarterback out of Florida. He's 6'5" and 236 pounds. He's got prototypical NFL size. He's just a big kid with big hands. Trask made huge improvements in 2020. He really took a big leap forward in his development last season at Florida. He shows a nice touch, and accuracy, especially downfield,  and I really like that about his game and he also has really good pocket awareness. He knows when to step up and climb up in the pocket and elude that pressure. He became the first FBS quarterback in 15 years to post 3 or more touchdown passes in 9 consecutive games. He also played big versus Alabama in the SEC championship game. There's a lot to like with Kyle Trask, but he's does have really sloppy footwork. It's something that stands out when you watch his tape and it causes a lot of inaccurate throws. That is something I think he can work on, but he's definitely going to need to clean that up at the next level. He's a guy who's really not good off script, he needs a clean pocket because if he gets rushed or is forced to move around he's definitely not the same level of player. Trask doesn't read defenses at a high level amd there were too many times where he forced throws into double coverage and made some head scratching choices with where he went with the football. When you evaluate quarterbacks, It's really tough. I think this is the one position that's probably the most difficult to evaluate. I was definitely surprised personally to see him go this high in the draft, but I understand the selection by the Buccaneers. Bruce Arians must see some starting potential in this kid. That's the only thing that I can think of when I look at this selection, and he definitely has potential and he has a lot of things that you can point to that he does well. I also think Kyle Trask could be a good fit for the Bruce Arians style of offense, so this pick made sense from that standpoint.

Because the Bucs essentially brought back their entire Super Bowl roster from last year, this is a team that didn't really have any glaring holes going into this draft. When you look at these picks, Joe Tryon has a ton of potential, and he adds depth to a loaded defense. We know how good this defense is especially that front 7, so he's going to be a guy that's going to add depth right away. The Kyle Trask pick was interesting but let's face it, Brady can only play for so long and taking a flyer on a guy who can develop behind the greatest of all time is a plan that I can definitely understand. The odds are low that he ever becomes a starting NFL quarterback and chances are he never becomes the "guy" but even if he becomes a solid or serviceable backup, it probably wasn't a terrible selection taking him in the second round. Later in this draft for Tampa, I also really liked their third round pick, Robert Hainsey the offensive tackle from Notre Dame. This is a guy who was a three year starter at Notre Dame, with a lot of big game experience. I thought that was a really good value selection as well. I'm gonna give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft a "B-" 

I didn't think it was a bad draft I just thought it wasn't great because they didn't get any day one starters and I think in the first and second round, you really need to be getting guys who can make an impact right away. The Tampa Bay Bucs situation is a little different than most like I alluded to earlier because their roster is so loaded, they don't really have anybody that they needed to plug in as a day one starter so they had some luxury picks, if you will with these guys, but not a bad draft by the Buccaneers.

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