The Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft history is a mixed bag, until recently. The current roster is a balance of seasoned veterans and young talent with high ceilings.
Coming in at No. 24 is Buccaneers’ linebacker Devin White. The 33rd Team elaborated,
“Devin White, the former LSU Tiger, has played a vital role in Tampa Bay’s defensive success since 2019. In 2021, White earned his first Pro Bowl nod after tying for the fifth-most sacks among linebackers and racking up 90 tackles. White can make plays all over the field and is an invaluable piece to the Bucs’ vaunted run defense.”
Up next is Buccaneers’ offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs at No.9. The 33rd Team elaborated,
“Tristan Wirfs, a former 2020 first-round pick, has been a stalwart for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since he stepped on the field as the starting left tackle for future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. Wirfs ranked in the top 12 in PFF-season grade in his rookie year before leaping to the eighth-highest grade in 2021. Among offensive linemen drafted in 2020, Wirfs has allowed the fewest pressures. In 2021, Wirfs allowed 14 total pressures and two sacks. While it was not a spotless year for Wirfs, it nearly was. Wirfs’ best football is likely still ahead of him, and he has already proven to be one of the league’s best offensive tackles.”
Wirfs and White have both contributed significantly to Tampa Bay’s success over the last two seasons, and it is anticipated that they will continue to do so for many years to come. White’s rookie contract’s fifth-year option was already picked up by the Buccaneers. They will undoubtedly do the same for Wirfs. When the time comes, anticipate that both will sign long-term extensions to stay in Tampa.
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