TAMPA, Fla. — Day one of the 2022 NFL Draft in Las Vegas saw 22 out of 32 teams select players to add to their roster for the upcoming season.
For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it was the first time since 1998 the team decided to trade out their first-round selection. The pick went to the Jacksonville Jaguars, who had the number one overall pick and selected defensive end Travon Walker from the University of Georgia.
In return, the Buccaneers received three new picks. One of those, the team used to select Houston defensive lineman Logan Hall. With that No. 33 pick, Tampa Bay made it clear they were willing to fill the position once held by Ndamukong Suh, whose return status to the team is still unknown.
Tampa Bay has eight total selections in the remaining days, and there are still highly-rated players who have not yet been picked.
If the team decides to continue fortifying the defensive line, there's still Travis Jones from the University of Connecticut and Perrion Winfrey from the University of Oklahoma on the board.
No tight end was selected in the first round of the draft, but Tampa Bay might look into that since there is still no word if Rob Gronkowski will return to the team. Tight end Trey McBride from Colorado State University could be a possible replacement and someone to watch heading into day two.
Since Tampa Bay is one of the few teams with few holes to fill in their roster, they could head in the direction of selecting players for squad depth, including the secondary and offensive line that suffered injuries last season.
So far, the Buccaneers have drafted:
- Round 2, 33rd overall pick: DL Logan Hall, Houston
- Round 2, 57th overall pick: G Luke Goedeke, Central Michigan
- Round 3, 91st overall pick: RB Rachaad White, Arizona State University
- 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