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Bucs Mailbag: Will Tampa Bay Draft A QB In 2024?

Bucs Mailbag: Will Tampa Bay Draft A QB In 2024?



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Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds solutions your questions from the @PewterReport Twitter account every week within the Bucs Mailbag. Submit your query to the Bucs Mailbag every week through Twitter utilizing the hashtag #PRMailbag.  Listed here are the Bucs questions we selected to reply for this week’s version.

QUESTION: Hey Scott, nonetheless ready on that record of school QBs to observe this season. Any probability you may drop it quickly? Being sensible that Baker Mayfield and Kyle Trask could not develop into who we anticipate/need.

North Carolina Qb Drake Maye Bucs

North Carolina QB Drake Maye – Picture by: USA Immediately

ANSWER: Sure, I’m nonetheless doing analysis on the anticipated QB class of the 2024 NFL Draft and can have that record in two weeks in an SR’s Fab 5 column on Friday, July 21. I had 5 Issues Todd Bowles Should Do In 2023 in final week’s SR’s Fab 5, and this Friday’s column will function 5 Issues Dave Canales Should Do In 2023. After that, I’ll give attention to the QBs in subsequent 12 months’s draft simply in time for the beginning of school soccer season.

I’m glad that the Bucs didn’t deal with the QB place on this 12 months’s draft. It’s value taking a shot on Baker Mayfield as a reclamation challenge and seeing if Kyle Trask can emerge as a starting-caliber quarterback first. If the Bucs strike out this 12 months with Mayfield and Trask, then the crew can go all-in on one other quarterback with a premium draft decide. However Tampa Bay already has a second-rounder invested in Trask, so why not use this season to find out if he has any potential or if he was a wasted decide earlier than investing one more draft selection on a QB?

I’ll have a extra in-depth report in a number of weeks, however the 2024 QB draft class is extra than simply USC’s Caleb Williams and North Carolina’s Drake Maye. Underclassmen like Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy, Duke’s Riley Leonard, Texas’ Quinn Ewers and Colorado’s Shedur Sanders ought to all get drafted early. And a slew of actually intriguing senior prospects like Auburn’s Bo Nix, Florida State’s Jordan Travis, Washington’s Michael Penix, Jr., LSU’s Jayden Daniels, Tennessee’s Joe Milton III, Tulane’s Michael Pratt, Western Kentucky’s Austin Reed, Washington State’s Cameron Ward, Arkansas’ Ok.J. Jefferson, Coastal Carolina’s Grayson McCall and Kansas State’s Will Howard make quarterback a lot deeper than in latest reminiscence.

If the Bucs have success with only one quarterback – both Mayfield or Trask – the crew would in all probability draft one other one in 2024 for competitors and depth. It’s simply to exhausting to invest proper now earlier than we see what Mayfield and Trask can do in Dave Canales’ new offense.

QUESTION: If the Bucs end 8-9 once more, do you assume they decide a QB within the draft? And who’s their way-too-early decide?

Usc Qb Caleb Williams

USC QB Caleb Williams – Picture by: USA Immediately

ANSWER: It actually is determined by how both Baker Mayfield or Kyle Trask performs at quarterback this season. Are they the explanation why the Bucs would end 8-9 once more in 2023? Are main accidents the perpetrator? Is it a letdown from the protection that causes one other shedding season in Tampa Bay? The Bucs would love for both Mayfield to win the job and re-sign him, or for Trask, who’s below contract by 2024, to pan out because the starter.

Taking an opportunity on one other quarterback through the draft has not been a profitable proposition for this franchise. In truth, the Bucs have by no means re-signed one in all their drafted quarterbacks to a second contract. The most recent quarterback drafted by the Bucs to fail was Jameis Winston, who was the starter from 2015-19. Winston was the No. 1 general decide in 2015, which proves that there are not any ensures when drafting a quarterback – even within the High 5.

If neither Mayfield nor Trask is the reply in 2023, then quarterback instantly turns into a No. 1 precedence for the Bucs. Which quarterback the Bucs would take and in what spherical would merely rely on the place Tampa Bay selects. The 2024 QB class seems sturdy as of proper now, with a better variety of higher high quality Day 2 prospects than lately. So there can be an opportunity that the Bucs could wait till the second spherical to seize a quarterback. Once more, all of it is determined by the place Tampa Bay selects throughout the spherical.

If QB just isn’t the highest want, it very effectively may very well be inside linebacker relying on the way forward for Devin White and the getting old Lavonte David in pink and pewter. And does Luke Goedeke pan out, or will the Bucs have to draft a proper sort out? Can Shaq Barrett return to his Professional Bowl type, and may Joe Tryon-Shoyinka dwell as much as his potential? Or do the Bucs want to handle exterior linebacker early once more to switch them? Clemson inside linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr., Miami proper sort out Zion Nelson, and Alabama edge rusher Dallas Turner and Florida State edge rusher Jared Verse are some names to know.

QUESTION: Can the crew simply come out say it’s a rebuild? Everybody hides it. I’d find it irresistible if we had been the primary crew that admitted it and we are able to get on board and watch it develop accurately.

Bucs Gm Jason Licht And Hc Todd Bowles

Bucs GM Jason Licht and HC Todd Bowles – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

ANSWER: The Bucs don’t consider they’re in rebuilding mode, nor ought to they assume that. Whereas Tampa Bay’s 8-9 report was disappointing, the crew did win the NFC South for a second straight 12 months, and the Bucs have extra gamers who’ve been to a Professional Bowl (9) on their roster than some other crew within the division.

That’s to not say that the 2023 Bucs aren’t with out questionable areas on the roster. But when the crew can discover some favorable solutions to these questions this fall, there isn’t a purpose to consider that Tampa Bay can not compete for the NFC South championship once more and make the postseason for a fourth straight season.

No normal supervisor or head coach needs to undergo a rebuilding course of, and the truth that a few huge identify free brokers re-signed with Tampa Bay in cornerback Jamel Dean and linebacker Lavonte David is another excuse why the Bucs aren’t essentially rebuilding. Jason Licht and Todd Bowles don’t wish to blow the crew up and rebuild it. They consider if Dave Canales’ offense could be profitable and both Baker Mayfield or Kyle Trask could be an efficient set off man, that the Bucs aren’t far-off from one other legit Tremendous Bowl run – maybe in two years.

QUESTION: Haven’t seen a lot about cap house currently. Do now we have any room to make some low cost free agent additions after seeing the roster in motion throughout/post-training camp?

Bucs Dl Will Gholston

Former Bucs DL Will Gholston – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

ANSWER: Not proper now, however that ought to change after the Bucs prolong the contract of star huge receiver Mike Evans. Relying on how lengthy the extension is, the transfer ought to create round $10 million of further cap house. The Bucs solely have $1,409,635 in out there wage cap house proper now, in response to OverTheCap.com, and the crew has but to signal second-round decide Cody Mauch.

Decreasing Evans’ wage cap variety of $23,698,500, which is the very best on the crew proper now, to round $12 million-$13 million in 2o23 ought to assist the crew significantly. Not solely will the Bucs come up with the money for to signal their observe squad gamers in early September and a few emergency in-season signings when accidents strike, however Tampa Bay ought to have sufficient cap room to maybe make a waiver wire declare when roster cut-downs happen or an inexpensive worth free agent signing.

Final 12 months, the Bucs re-signed exterior linebacker Carl Nassib in August throughout coaching camp. A few veteran free brokers acquainted with the Bucs scheme which can be at present out there are defensive tackles Will Gholston and Akiem Hicks and security Logan Ryan. All three are over the age of 30 and will come pretty low cost as veteran reserves.



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