Bucs trade out of first round of draft

by Gary Shelton on April 29, 2022

in general

Friday, 4 a.m.

When it comes to the NFL draft, the Tampa Bay Bucs evidently weren't in a hurry.

The Bucs traded out of the first round Thursday night, sliding back to the 33rd pick, the first pick of today's second round. They also picked up a fourth-rounder (No. 106) and a sixth-rounder (No. 133).

A trade back had always been one of the possibilities for the Bucs, who theoretically can pick up a player with similar talent high in the second round as they can in the first.

Still, there were interesting names available. Georgia defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt wsa still on the board. So were Chattanooga guard Cole Strange, Purdue defensive end George Karlaftis Michigan safety Daxton Hill and Georgia safety Lewis Cine. All went late in the first round.

The decision to bypass Wyatt may be a hint that Ndamukong Suh will re-sign soon. Wyatt has a history of off-the-field problems.

Among the players still available going into todays round are Minnesota defensive end Boye Mafe, cornerback Andrew Booth, Penn stae defensive end Arnold Ebiketie, Michigan edge rusher David Ojabo, UConn defensive tackle Travis Jones, Iowa State running back Breece Hall, Houston defensive tackle Logan Hall, Oklahoma defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey and Colorado tight end Trey McBride.

The Bucs will have pick No. 33 and pick No. 60 in the second round.

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