Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2021 NFL Draft Class Breakdown

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General manager Jason Licht entered the 2021 NFL Draft in an unfamiliar position as the architect of a Super Bowl-winning roster after years of being strapped by a struggling defense and turnover-prone quarterback. Combined with the outstanding coaching of Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles with the addition of Tom Brady at quarterback, Tampa Bay was able to turn the corner and add another Lombardi Trophy to its hardware case. 

How did Licht add to the best roster in the NFL to gear up for another Super Bowl run? Let’s take a look back at the Buccaneers’ 2021 NFL Draft class:

Round 1: Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington

A big storyline coming out of the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl win over the Kansas City Chiefs was how effective Tampa Bay’s pass rush was to make life difficult for Patrick Mahomes. With Tampa Bay returning 22 of 22 starters and entering the draft with a deep and balanced roster, the Buccaneers opted to go with Tryon to make its pass rush even better in 2021 and maintain a critical component of last year’s squad. Tryon fits well in Todd Bowles’ defense, where he can be used as a stand-up rusher and take advantage of wider alignments. Tryon is an urgent pass rusher with terrific first-step quickness. The key for Tryon to become more effective at the next level is to become more nuanced at the top of his rush so that he can soften the angle, flatten, and finish with more consistency. With Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaquil Barrett entrenched as the Buccaneers’ primary edge rushers, Tryon can be sprinkled in and make Tampa Bay’s pass rusher even deeper 

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Written By:

Joe Marino

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Joe Marino is a Senior NFL Draft Analyst at TDN. Marino comes to TDN after serving as a draft analyst for NDT Scouting, FanRag Sports and Draft Breakdown dating back to 2014. In 2017, Marino became a Huddle Report Mock Draft Champion when he produced the most accurate mock draft in the world.