The 2021 Buccaneer draft review
The Bucs picked from 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.
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1 - DE - Joe Tryon - Washington
Tryon has a quick first step, long arms and great top-end speed. He attacks tackles with good leverage, gets good initial surge and does a good
job of keeping his feet moving once he's engaged rushing the passer. Tryon does a good job of locking out and locating the ball as a run-defender.
The Super Bowl champs return every starter so there aren't any real pressing needs, but Tryon is a good value pick and he should contribute as a
rotational player as a rookie. He also grades out as a starter early in his career, which is good because Jason Pierre-Paul is 32.
2 - QB - Kyle Trask - Florida
Trask is a big pocket passer who finished the 2020 season with a better than 5-1 TD/INT ratio. He's capable of picking teams apart when he gets time and space. He's willing to take a hit to
make a play. Trask doesn't have great arm strength. The Bucs snatched up a developmental quarterback in Trask, who can spend the next two years learning from Tom Brady, with zero
expectations of starting. At 6-foot-5 and 234 pounds, Trask has the prototypical size of an NFL quarterback. But his arm strength and athleticism (he's not very mobile) have been called into
question, as has his footwork. Despite these concerns, Trask managed to be extremely productive his senior year, throwing for 4,283 yards in 2020, and amassed 43 career touchdowns.
3 - T - Robert Hainsey - Notre Dame
Hainsey is an aggressive run blocker who is effective combo blocking to the second level. He tends to get his hands inside but his shorter arms raise concerns about his ability to protect the
edge in the NFL. He's a two-time team captain. Hainsey is a versatile player, as he lined up as a tackle at Notre Dame but kicked inside to play guard and center at the Senior Bowl, which
really caught the Bucs' attention, along with his ability to get to the second level and his instincts. With Joe Haeg's departure, Hainsey can provide depth at multiple positions, and he could
serve as a possible jumbo tackle. Among Hainsey's most impressive feats? His discipline. He played 863 total snaps this season and committed zero penalties.
4 - WR - Jaelon Darden - North Texas
Darden is an undersized slot receiver prospect with small hands and short arms. He's explosive with good top-end speed and is a dangerous open-field runner after the catch.
5 - LB - KJ Britt - Auburn
Britt is a violent downhill interior run defender who shows the ability to strike and defeat bigger blockers in a phone booth. He has good short-area closing burst and an excellent motor, but
he's not a sideline-to-sideline run-defender. Britt is a tenacious pass-rusher who has the ability to run over blockers, but he's not as effective in coverage.