The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had an uneventful draft. There were no pressing needs on this team as all 22 starters from last year’s Super Bowl team will be returning.
The Bucs used this draft to build depth at certain positions and draft a quarterback for the future to replace Tom Brady whenever he decides to call it quits.
Here is the breakdown of the 2021 Buccaneers draft and a mini-scouting report on each player and how they may impact the roster.
Joe Tryon, Linebacker, Washington
The Bucs used their first pick in the draft to select outside linebacker Joe Tryon from Washington, a player who has not played competitively since January of 2019 in a bowl game.
The tape on Tryon is he’s got good feet and good lateral quickness. He gives you great effort every play and never gives up on a play. He is excellent against the pass but could be better against the run.
In 2018, Tryon had 12.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks.
The Bucs are set this season at outside linebacker, with Shaq Barrett signed through the 2024 season, and Jason Pierre-Paul signed through this season.
Tryon will get a chance to develop slowly, leaning from the best set of linebackers in the NFL. He could also possibly contribute to special teams.
Kyle Trask, Quarterback, Florida
With the last pick of the second, the Buccaneers reached for Trask with plenty of quality offensive and defensive linemen on the board.
The Bucs had stated they might look at drafting a quarterback to develop, and they pulled the trigger on Trask with the blessing of Tom Brady.
Trask will compete with Ryan Griffin and Blaine Gabbert (who has yet to sign a new contract) for a backup position behind Brady.
Trask threw for over 4,283 yards and 43 touchdown passes in 2020, both Gator records.
He has the luxury of learning from the best to play the game for at least two years as Brady is signed through 2022.
There is no rush to push Brady out the door as Jason Licht has said that Brady will play as long as he wants to.
Robert Hainsey, Offensive Linemen, Notre Dame
The offensive line is an area the Bucs needed to add some good depth, and Hainsey will add depth.
Mainly playing right tackle in college, worked at center and guard at the Senior Bowl, and handled the change of position very well.
The. Bucs already have their five starting linemen, but having versatile linemen like Hainsey who can play multiple positions along the offensive line is a significant advantage.
Hainsey will be the fourth backup option on the depth chart behind Josh Wells and Aaron Stinnie. With Ryan Jensen and Alex Cappa looking at free agency in 2022, this move made sense for the Bucs to begin building for the future.
Jaelon Darden, Wide Receiver, North Texas
With the best wide receiver room in the NFL, why in the hell would the Bucs draft a wide receiver? You have two receivers in Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller that are just waiting to show what they can do as every-down receivers.
Here is why the Bucs drafted Darden. He led the nation with 19 touchdown catches, so he has a knack for getting in the end zone.
Darden is an excellent kick returner, and that is something the Bucs have not have had for years: a strong return game.
Darden ran a 4.44/40 at his pro day. Darden was also used a lot in the screen game, and crossing routes in college, and the Bucs will benefit from his good hands and great speed in their offense.
The return game and having an effective playmaker to execute screen passes and crossing routes have been a missing element in this Bucs offense.
K.J. Britt, Linebacker, Auburn
The Bucs starting four at linebacker is set, but the Bucs philosophy is that you can never have enough good depth, especially at linebacker. The Bucs added to that depth with the selection of Britt.
A distant cousin of former Buccaneer Kwon Alexander, Britt had a reputation as one of the hardest hitters in the SEC.
Britt was limited to just two games due to a thumb injury in 2020, but in 2019 was an all-conference selection with 69 tackles (10 for loss) and 2.5 sacks.
Britt is not projected to be an every-down linebacker just yet but is expected to make an immediate impact on special teams.
Chris Wilcox, Cornerback, BYU
Wilcox was drafted for his speed and his ability to bring that element to special teams and make an immediate impact. He was not drafted to step in and play right away in the secondary.
Wilcox is still considered a project at cornerback as his technique at corner still needs some work.
Grant Stuard, Linebacker, Houston (Mr. Irrelevant)
This was a pick that was made solely designed to improve special teams’ play.
Stuard fits the prototypical player that Bruce Arians loves to have on the team. Stuard plays with a lot of heart, is very energetic, is fast, and physical.
He will get a chance on special teams immediately, as he will be groomed slowly to get some reps at linebacker.
The Bucs get an A for this draft.
- They drafted their quarterback of the future
- They improved their team speed.
- They improved their special team’s play.
The best thing about this draft is that no one will have the pressure on them to come in and start and be an impact player right away for the first time in a long time.
They will all be brought along slowly, and when the time is right, they will be ready for the spotlight.