Aside from signing Tom Brady to a contract, the Bucs have been relatively quiet during the initial rush in free agency. They have mostly taken care of their own, although they have seen guys like Breshad Perriman and Peyton Barber sign elsewhere. It’s not that surprising. They will likely hit on the second wave of free agency later in the season.
Oh, and there is the draft which is (tentatively) scheduled for April 23rd.
Round 1 (Pick 14) – Andrew Thomas OT, Georgia
In addition to adding Brady, the Bucs also added some depth to their offensive line with the signing of former Colts lineman, Joe Haeg. If the opportunity presents itself, Andrew Thomas would further boost the line of protection in front of the G.O.A.T. Thomas played both tackle positions at Georgia and could give the Bucs some flexibility if drafted, although the right side is the side of need.
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Round 2 (Pick 45) – D’Andre Swift RB, Georgia
If there is one thing we know about Brady is that he loves using the running backs in the passing game. Last season with New England, Brady targeted his running backs 164 times. James White was second to only Julian Edelman in receptions with 72. By comparison, Ronald Jones and the recently departed Peyton Barber combined for just 47 receptions on 64 targets. Enter D’Andre Swift. Swift has had back-to-back 1,000 yard rushing seasons as a Sophomore and Junior after sitting behind Sony Michel and Nick Chubb his freshman year at Georgia in 2017. Over his three years as a Bulldog, he amassed 73 receptions for 666 yards. He had 56 of the 73 receptions over the past two seasons.
Things will have to fall just right for the Bucs to grab Swift with the 45th pick but he is potentially a three-down back with pass-catching abilities. Checks all the boxes when it comes to need for the Bucs. Jones was the more proficient pass catcher between him and Barber and combined with Swift, it could start to give some resemblance to Brady’s running backs in New England.
Round 3 (Pick 76) – Davon Hamilton IDL, Ohio St.
After addressing, arguably, two of their greatest needs with a pair of Bulldogs, the Bucs shift to the other side of the ball to find a linemate for Vita Vea. At 6-foot-4, 327 pounds, Davon Hamilton is a stout run defender who, in his first year starting for the Buckeyes, picked up six sacks (9.5 TFL) and 28 total tackles in 13 games.
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