Round 2, No. 33: DT Logan Hall, Houston
Round 2, No. 57: G Luke Goedeke, Central Michigan
Round 3, No. 91: RB Rachaad White, Arizona State
Round 4, No. 106: TE Cade Otton, Washington
Round 4, No. 133: P Jake Camarda, Georgia
Round 5, No. 157: CB Zyon McCollum, Sam Houston State
Round 6, No. 218: TE Ko Kieft, Minnesota
Round 7, No. 248: OLB Andre Anthony, LSU
The Buccaneers made four trades during draft weekend, first doing so Thursday night. They dropped out of the first round (No. 27) for the second pick in the second round and other draft capital. They took Hall with their first choice, adding needed youth to their defensive front.
Goedeke is the favorite to replace the retired Ali Marpet at left guard. White is the type of receiving back that quarterback Tom Brady values. Otton will contribute regardless of whether Rob Gronkowski ultimately returns. Camarda was an All-American for Georgia. McCollum has extremely rare athletic traits and could grow into a starter.
The Bucs’ questions now center on veterans. Will defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and Gronkowski return? Will they add more win-now help as they round out a deep roster? They are among the NFL favorites again.
Round 1, No. 11: WR Chris Olave, Ohio State
Round 1, No. 19: OT Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa
Round 2, No. 149: CB Alontae Taylor, Tennessee
Round 5, No. 161: LB D’Marco Jackson, Appalachian State
Round 6, No. 194: DT Jordan Jackson, Air Force
The Saints made a bold move to acquire a second first-round pick, from Philadelphia, in a trade that included their 2023 first-rounder. They used both Day 1 picks to upgrade their offense. They’ll hope Olave pairs well with a returning Michael Thomas to give them a dynamic duo of Ohio State products. The Saints also drafted Penning, needing tackle help after Terron Armstead signed with Miami.
Taylor went earlier than most analysts’ boards had him. Still, the team needed secondary assistance, which led to it signing Tyrann Mathieu to a three-year deal. Mathieu is an LSU product and New Orleans native.
The Saints have undergone significant changes over the past two years, but Allen will maintain a strong defense. If Jameis Winston is steady enough, and the team stays relatively healthy, the Saints should be in the playoff mix again.
Round 1, No. 6: OT Ikem Ekwonu, North Carolina State
Round 3, No. 94: QB Matt Corral, Ole Miss
Round 4, No. 120: LB Brandon Smith, Penn State
Round 6, No. 189: DE Amare Barno, Virginia Tech
Round 6, No. 199: G Cade Mays, Tennessee
Round 7, No. 242: CB Kalon Barnes, Baylor
Carolina entered the draft shorthanded because of last offseason’s deal for quarterback Sam Darnold, which flopped. It still resisted the urge to reach for a quarterback and took Ekwonu, who once was considered a candidate for No. 1 overall. He plays with a mean streak and immediately bolsters one of the NFL’s worst offensive lines.
The Panthers traded up for Corral, taking a swing on a quarterback with a big arm who put up big numbers in Lane Kiffin’s scheme at Ole Miss. Smith and Barno are interesting developmental pieces. Mays once was a top Georgia recruit who transferred to Tennessee.
Rhule is on the hot seat, and Carolina needs to show it’s moving in the right direction in 2022. Its quarterback situation still ranks among the worst in the league. The Panthers and Falcons again appear substantially behind the other two teams in the division, though games aren’t played on paper.