TAMPA, Fla. — Nearly all 32 NFL teams Thursday got their first chance to improve their rosters for the upcoming football season as the 2022 NFL Draft was underway in Las Vegas. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, however, decided they needed an extra day to mull their first pick over.
The Bucs traded their first-round No. 27 pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for three future picks in the draft. One of those picks being number 33 — also known as the first pick of the second round.
The draft consists of seven rounds with the first round beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday. Rounds two and three will start at 7 p.m. on Friday and rounds four through seven will take place at noon on Saturday.
Barring any other trades, the Buccaneers now have the following picks:
- Round 2, 33rd overall pick
- Round 2, 60th overall pick
- Round 3, 91st overall pick
- Round 4, 106th overall pick
- Round 4, 133rd overall pick
- Round 6, 180th overall pick
- Round 7, 248th overall pick
- Round 7, 261st overall pick
In the offseason, Tampa Bay gained a selection because of the league's compensatory pick system. But, the team also gave up one of those picks to the New England Patriots in order to acquire guard Shaq Mason. That left them with six selections prior heading into the draft. Now, the team has eight total picks to work with.
Tampa Bay selected defensive players on three of their last four first-round picks, and they may head in that direction this year again due to the unknown return status of defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh.
Another position where they may use one of their picks is at tight end. The team only has two active players in that position on their current roster and Rob Gronkowski has yet to sign another contract with the Bucs.
Whoever they select, the Buccaneers are one of the few teams with very few holes to fill in their roster for the 2022 NFL season.