Monday, May 16, 2022

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Post-Draft NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 3.8 (3rd)
  • Best ranking: 3 (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 5 (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a post-NFL Draft roundup for the Bucs in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 5

Player who benefited most from draft: QB Tom Brady

The Bucs invested a second-round draft pick at guard in Luke Goedeke, brought in a pass-catching running back in the third round in Rachaad White, and selected two tight ends in Cade Otton and blocking specialist Ko Kieft to possibly add to Rob Gronkowski. While the Bucs will always look to the future when they draft, their decisions very much reflect their current win-now mindset behind their soon-to-be 45-year-old, future Hall of Fame quarterback. -- Jenna Laine -- Rank: 3

The Bucs traded out of the first round and used their first two picks to address holes in their starting lineup. Logan Hall, the 33rd overall selection, should line up next to Vita Vea as a potential replacement for free agent Ndamukong Suh, while 57th pick Luke Goedeke profiles as a replacement for Pro Bowl guard Ali Marpet, who retired in February. Speaking of retirement, Rob Gronkowski continues to fist-pump away during his now obligatory offseason dance. While Gronk "decides" (c'mon, he's coming back), Tampa Bay imported a tight end of the future with the fourth-round selection of Cade Otton. It's unlikely Gronk is even aware this happened.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 3

Getting Tom Brady back immediately made them a contender again. They've done a nice job of keeping things together, other than coach Bruce Arians stepping down and Todd Bowles taking over.

USA Today -- Rank: 4

Still awaiting verdicts on free agents Rob Gronkowski and Ndamukong Suh, though the draft provided insurance for each, notably second-round DL Logan Hall. The path to the NFC's No. 1 seed could go through Tampa ... or Munich.

The Athletic -- Rank: 5

When our staff last ranked teams, Tom Brady was retired and Bruce Arians was not. And with the reverse now true, we like the Bucs' chances in the NFC. Tampa Bay wasn't able to bring everyone back this season like it did last year -- guard Ali Marpet retired; tight end Rob Gronkowski has yet to decide if he'll return. But Brady is back, and that gives the Bucs and new head coach Todd Bowles top-tier quarterback play and stability at the most important position.

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