Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Draft Picks & Grades 2022: Logan Hall and Luke Goedeke Help Bolster the Trenches
The Buccaneers entered the 2022 NFL Draft with a clear goal of retooling for another run at the Super Bowl after Tom Brady retired and then un-retired, and they had a clear plan to attack positions of need throughout the draft. They will be hoping the players they added can help round out the roster, as Tampa is one of the Super Bowl favorites for this season. This article includes a full draft recap with grades and analysis for each of the Buccaneers’ 2022 draft picks.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Draft Picks 2022
Round 2 No. 33 DT Logan Hall
Round 2 No. 57 OG Luke Goedeke
Round 3 No. 91 RB Rachaad White
Round 4 No. 106 TE Cade Otton
Round 4 No. 133 P Jake Camarda
Round 5 No. 157 CB Zyon McCollum
Round 6 No. 218 TE Ko Kieft
Round 7 No. 248 DE Andre Anthony
Overall Draft Grade: B
Sometimes approaching the draft with a needs-based approach can create problems with value, but the Buccaneers did alright in that regard. While I preferred Travis Jones over Logan Hall, I see why they viewed Hall as the better fit for their defense, and I didn’t feel that was a reach like some others did, especially after they were able to trade down. Luke Goedeke could end up the best player from this draft class for Tampa as a likely immediate starter at guard.
Outside of the Hall and Goedeke picks, there wasn’t a ton I loved about this draft. Zyon McCollum’s athletic traits are highly compelling, and his upside is very enticing as a fifth-round pick. Cade Otton can contribute as a solid blocker and underneath receiver with the Bucs’ need at the tight end despite a lack of athletic upside.
However, I was not a fan of the Rachaad White pick as I saw him as more of a Day 3 talent, and some better players could make more of an immediate impact available in the third round. Jake Camarda also hardly represents a value as a fourth-round punter. Overall, this was a decent draft, and I expect Hall and Goedeke to be impactful starters in their rookie seasons.
Tom Brady has been in the NFL longer than new #Bucs DT Logan Hall has been alive.
Tom Brady drafted: April 16, 2000
Logan Hall born: April 22, 2000
They're now teammates.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) May 1, 2022
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Draft Grades 2022
Round: 2 Pick: 33 / Logan Hall, DT, Houston
There was a lot of buzz around Logan Hall to the Buccaneers at their original No. 27 pick at the end of the first round, so their ability to trade down and still get their guy was impressive. That trade with the Jaguars saw them add No. 106 (4th) and No. 180 (6th) to jump up the board for Jacksonville. Hall is an ideal fit as a pass-rushing three-technique in Tampa’s four-man defensive line, and he can even get some run as an outside rusher. At 6’6”, 283 lbs, Hall has the length to create significant problems for opposing offensive linemen, and he’s an excellent athlete with a 9.38 Relative Athletic Score (RAS). His lack of experience against top competition will create a steeper learning curve, but Hall has a well-developed pass-rush toolkit and should make an immediate impact next to Vita Vea and Shaquill Barrett.
Inside-the-tackle pass-rush win rates with RPOs, play-action and screens removed in 2021, per @PFF:
1. Curtis Brooks (26%)
3. Logan Hall (23%)
5. Cameron Thomas (22%)
T-19. Travis Jones (17%)
T-19. Josh Paschal (17%)
T-27. Perrion Winfrey (16%)
T-27. Devonte Wyatt (16%)
— Austin Gayle (@PFF_AustinGayle) April 15, 2022
Round: 2 Pick: 57 / Luke Goedeke, OG, Central Michigan
After Alex Cappa joined the Bengals in free agency and Ali Marpet retired, Tampa’s interior offensive line became a significant question mark. The Buccaneers could retain Ryan Jensen at center and trade for Shaq Mason to play one guard spot, but the other guard spot is wide open. Luke Goedeke will join a competition with Aaron Stinnie and Nick Leverett and is expected to win the job. Goedeke was a former tight end and carries that movement ability with him. A two-year starter at right tackle, Goedeke was one of the best run-blockers in the country and allowed zero sacks in 2021 for the Chippewas. Goedeke is pro-ready and should be at least an average starter for Tampa right away.
Round: 3 Pick: 91 / Rachaad White, RB, Arizona State
I have to be honest – I don’t quite see it with Rachaad White. At 6’0”, 214 lbs, you’d expect him to be much more powerful as a runner, but he had trouble with contact balance and forcing missed tackles at Arizona State. He tested as a great athlete with a 9.87 RAS and a 4.48-second 40-yard dash, but his play speed didn’t always live up to those numbers. White is a capable receiver with surefire hands, and he’ll fill a role as a receiver out of the backfield for Tampa. He can even play out of the slot at times with his athleticism and varied route-running. However, his lack of pass-protection consistency is concerning, and I saw him as a Day 3 pick.
Draft eligible RBs with the highest receiving grades last season
🥇 Rachaad White: 90.0
🥈 Jerrion Ealy: 84.8
🥉 James Cook: 83.4 pic.twitter.com/OAOY1oV2gn
— PFF College (@PFF_College) May 3, 2022
Round: 4 Pick: 106 / Cade Otton, TE, Washington
With O.J. Howard joining the Bills in free agency, and Rob Gronkowski still unsigned, tight end represented a significant need. The Buccaneers had minimal tight end depth beyond Cameron Brate after going three-deep at the position in recent years. Assuming Gronkowski doesn’t return this season, Otton will be the team’s top option in 2-tight end looks and could even earn some snaps ahead of Brate. Otton mainly was used as an underneath receiver, and PFF tracked him with no deep catches last year, but he’s capable of more as a receiver. He’s also an excellent blocker on the move with competitive toughness. His physical profile is underwhelming, and it’s unlikely he would have been a stellar tester at the combine, but he’s an all-around solid prospect who fills a need for Tampa.
Round: 4 Pick: 133 / Jake Camarda, P, Georgia
I’ll never be a big fan of taking a punter before maybe the seventh round, but the Buccaneers were always likely to move on from Bradley Pinion after he averaged just 42.5 yards per punt last year, the lowest in the NFL and of his career. With a non-guaranteed contract of $2.9 million in 2022, the Buccaneers can get younger and cheaper at the position. Camarda was selected First-Team All-SEC with a 46.7 yards per punt average that ranked ninth in the country. He was also a hero in the national championship game with five punts for 44.6 yards on average, two of which were downed inside the 10-yard line. The track record for punter/kicker draft picks isn’t ideal; however, even if Camarda becomes a top punter in the NFL, it may not have been worth this draft pick.
"He fits a lot of what we're looking for."
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) April 30, 2022
Round: 5 Pick: 157 / Zyon McCollum, CB, Sam Houston State
The Buccaneers made up for their poor selections of White and Camarda with the pick of Zyon McCollum here. As a five-year starter at Sam Houston State, McCollum has extensive starting experience, albeit against lesser competition. He also earned a stellar 10.0 RAS – at 6’2”, 199 lbs, and with a 4.33-second 40-yard dash, he has ideal developmental traits for the position. McCollum struggled at the Senior Bowl against the higher-level competition, which partially explains his drop in the draft. Still, the Bucs have done a great job of developing defensive backs, and he has as high an upside as any selected after Day 2.
Round: 6 Pick: 218 / Ko Kieft, TE, Minnesota
The Buccaneers traded picks No. 235 and No. 261 to move up to No. 218 and select Kieft, so Jason Licht prioritized his skill set. Kieft is a blocking specialist with ideal strength and power in a 6’4”, 259-pound with 33” arms. He ran a 4.98-second 40-yard dash and tested with a 3.66 RAS, and he finished his four-year career at Minnesota with just 12 catches. It’s unlikely he ever becomes anything more than a blocking tight end, but perhaps he can see some playing time this season with that role in mind.
Round: 7 Pick: 248 / Andre Anthony, DE, LSU
Andre Anthony isn’t your typical rookie as he spent six seasons at LSU and will turn 26 years old during his upcoming rookie season. For reference, Harold Landry just signed a massive five-year extension with Tennessee for his second contract and will turn 26 this summer. Anthony is an underwhelming athlete with a concerning injury history, but he had 3.5 sacks in three games at the beginning of this season before getting hurt again. If he can stay healthy, he might offer some part-time edge-rushing production for Tampa.
Let's get to work, fellas! 💪
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) May 1, 2022