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Buccaneers NFL Draft Pick Predictions & Odds | 2022 Draft Team Needs & Futures Bets

In one of the most exciting NFL free agency periods in recent memory, Tom Brady retiring and then “un-retiring” is just one of the many headlines.

For the Buccaneers, it’s been a complete change of scenery, going from potentially Blaine Gabbert or Kyle Trask as the starting quarterback, to Brady returning. Now, all of a sudden, Tampa Bay is right back in the discussion of the top teams in the NFL.

Given the state of the NFC South, the Bucs should easily handle this division and be one of the top NFC teams in 2022.

Buccaneers NFL Draft Picks 2022

  • Round 1, Pick 27 (27th Overall)
  • Round 2, Pick 28 (60th Overall)
  • Round 3, Pick 27 (91st Overall)
  • Round 4, Pick 28 (133rd Overall)
  • Round 7, Pick 27 (248th Overall)
  • Round 7, Pick 40 (261st Overall) — Compensatory

Tampa Bay currently has all of their original picks in the draft, except for their fifth-rounder. They recently traded that pick to the New England Patriots for Shaq Mason.

Mason fills an obvious need after the Bucs lost both of their starting offensive guards. Ali Marpet surprisingly announced his retirement, and they lost Alex Cappa in free agency to the Bengals.

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Buccaneers Team Needs 2022

1. Guard

Losing your two starting offensive guards is a massive blow to any team. Shaq Mason will handle the right guard duties, but the Bucs still need a left guard and obviously, protecting Brady should be their top priority.

2. EDGE Rusher

Next up for the Buccaneers is their defensive line. Jason Pierre-Paul and Ndamukong Suh are both free agents. Pierre-Paul is 33 with a significant injury history. Suh is 35 and could retire at any point in time and no one would think twice about it.

William Gholston is also a free agent and he’ll turn 31 later this year. Locking up Vita Vea with a long-term deal was huge for the Bucs’ defensive line, which has been one of, if not the best against the run over the past couple years. Filling in the pieces around him and getting younger is a priority.

3. Running Back

Leonard Fournette is back after signing a three-year deal. This is a bit expected after Brady announced he was returning, despite talks of Fournette potentially asking for too much money.

Fournette is older for an RB and it’s hard to imagine him walking away from a chance at another Super Bowl run behind Brady, so he’s back in Tampa, alongside Ke’Shawn Vaughn, as the two running backs on the roster.

In the wake of Fournette’s deal, I’m expecting both Ronald Jones and Giovani Bernard to sign elsewhere. Jones recently visited the Chiefs.

At 27, Fournette can be a solid piece for a few more years, but they still need some depth and youth at the position. I expect Tampa Bay to grab a running back in the later rounds of this draft.

Buccaneers May Also Consider Drafting: Cornerback, WR, TE

Buccaneers NFL Mock Draft Predictions 2022

  • Round 1, Pick 27 (27th Overall): Kenyon Green, OL, Texas A&M
  • Round 2, Pick 28 (60th Overall): Cameron Thomas, EDGE, San Diego State
  • Round 3, Pick 27 (91st Overall): Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson
  • Round 4, Pick 28 (133rd Overall): Dameon Pierce, RB, Florida

More Possible Buccaneers Draft Targets: Zion Johnson, Guard, Boston College

Zion Johnson is one of the best guards in this class. On the off-chance that he falls to 27, which he has in some recent mock drafts, I think he’d be an absolute steal for the Buccaneers.

For more 2022 NFL Draft coverage, check out our complete NFL Mock Draft and Top 150 Prospect Rankings.

Buccaneers NFL Draft Bets 2022

Buccaneers To Win the NFC South (-275) at Betway

Wager: 1 Unit

There aren’t a ton of NFL Draft bets out for the Buccaneers at the moment. Considering that they pick at the end of the first round, most of the bets are about which quarterback or running back will be the first one off the board. If you can find good odds on them, I’d target Breece Hall and Malik Willis.

As for Tampa Bay bets, the NFC South is in shambles outside of the Bucs and the odds show it. Betway has them -275 to win the division, and honestly, I’d still feel comfortable betting on it. The return isn’t great, but this might be the most obvious pick out of any division winners.

Shop around and see if you can find slightly better odds than these because the Buccaneers winning this division looks like a lock.

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