1 - DE - Joe Tryon-Shoyinka - WashingtonPlayed in every game as a rookie and started six games at outside linebacker/pass rusher due to injuries. Impressed and recorded four sacks in his limited playing time. Was the Bucs' first round pick in the 2021 draft and the 32nd overall selection. Had an outstanding sophomore season at Washington recording eight sacks and 12.5 tackles for a loss and was named a 2020 pre-season All-American. Sat out the 2020 season. 2 - QB - Kyle Trask - Florida Was a gameday inactive for every game in 2021 being kept as the designated third quarterback on the roster. Played in all three pre-season games going 29 of 55 for 312 yards with two interceptions and one TD. Played well in the final game against Houston. Was selected in the 2nd round of the 2021 draft and the 64th overall selection. Started 28 games for the Gators and was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2020. Threw 43 TD passes in his senior season to set a Florida record. 3 - T - Robert Hainsey - Notre DameWas active for every game of his rookie season but only saw the field once in the first nine games before being a regular on special teams in the second half of the season. Also saw some time on the offensive line in mop-up situations. Was selected in the 3rd round of the 2021 draft and the 95th overall selection. Started 34 games for the Fighting Irish primarily at tackle but can play multiple positions on the offensive line. 4 - WR - Jaelon Darden - North TexasPlayed just over half the games of his rookie season on special teams as the main kick and punt returner with limited action on offense when other players were out injured. Affected by several niggling injuries at times in 2021 that saw him a gameday inactive eight times. Was selected in the 4th round of the 2021 draft having scored 19 touchdowns in 2020, the second most in NCAA football including a punt return touchdown too 5 - LB - KJ Britt - AuburnPlayed in every game of his rookie season primarily on special teams but saw limited action on defense in mop-up duty. Selected in the 5th round of the 2021 draft. Started nearly all his junior year at Auburn and was first-team SEC but was restricted to just two games in 2020. 7 - CB - Chris Wilcox - Brigham YoungDid not make the team out of training camp and was signed to the Indianapolis Colts’ development roster where he remained for the entire regular season. Played in all three of the Bucs’ pre-season games recording six tackles.7 - LB - Grant Stuard - HoustonPlayed in every game of his rookie season primarily on special teams but saw limited action on defense in mop-up duty. Was a 7th round selection in the 2021 draft, the final player selected thereby earning the "Mr Irrelevant" tag. Started 21 games at Houston recording 190 tackles in the process.
The 2021 Buccaneer draft reviewThe Bucs picked 32nd in each round during the draft as befitted the Super Bowl champions. They traded a 6th round compensation pick to the Seahawks to move up eight spots in the 4th round. They traded a 6th round pick and received a 7th round pick back from the Steelers in the 2019 trade for Jerald Hawkins.DRAFT ANALYSIS - Of course it is way too early to pass judgement on these draft picks - we wait four years before a full analysis and draft grade