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Bucs draft Logan Hall: Tampa Bay opens second round with defensive line help


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The Bucs traded out of the first round Thursday night, dropping down six spots and adding two draft picks, but with more trade offers coming at No. 33 on Friday, they liked Houston defensive lineman Logan Hall enough to stay put.

Hall, 22, will bring versatility and explosiveness to their defensive front, having grown in college from 220 pounds to his current 285 pounds,

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Big board ranking: Dane Brugler had Hall ranked 37th on his big board, also ranking him as his No. 7 edge rusher. Brugler has long had Hall linked to the Bucs, matching him to them in the first round in his mock draft back in January. Only one edge rusher that Brugler had ranked higher went later in the draft — Penn State’s Arnold Ebiketie, who went to the Falcons at 38.

Introduction: Houston defensive coordinator Doug Belk praised Hall’s versatility, saying there were few spots on the Cougars’ defensive front that Hall hadn’t lined up at and played well.

“He’s got length,” Belk said. “He bends well. He’s athletic. He plays with physicality. He has a relentless motor. His greatest strength right now is position versatility. There are not a lot of unknowns with him. He can play end. He can play tackle. He can rush inside.”

 

How he fits: With Ndamukong Suh still unsigned (and 35), the Bucs had a short-term and long-term need for help and even a a starter on the defensive line alongside Vita Vea and Will Gholston. This has been one of the NFL’s top defenses against the run for the last three years, and the three-technique has roles in run-stopping and attacking the quarterback. The Bucs use multiple fronts, so he could step inside and rush from there when the Bucs are in their nickel or dime packages.

Second guess? This was the obvious pick for the Bucs at 33, so the real second-guessing would be whether the Bucs should have stayed at 27, where they could have gotten another defensive lineman like Georgia’s Devonte Wyatt. Trading down allowed the Bucs to pick up the first pick in the fourth and sixth rounds, potentially adding two more rookies that could crack the team’s 53-man roster this fall. Todd Bowles said the Bucs had 4-5 people they liked at 27 and Hall was the only one left at 32, but that doesn’t mean he was the lowest of those options on Tampa Bay’s draft board.

Rookie impact: Hall’s immediate role this fall will hinge largely on whether the Bucs decide to bring Suh back at age 35 for another season. If Suh is there, he’d likely have a larger role, which could have Hall in much the same position as Joe Tryon-Shoyinka last year, playing a variety of roles while subbing in for an established starter. If Suh doesn’t return, they’ll lean heavily on Hall, playing a large amount of snaps in what is typically a five-man rotation for 3-4 defensive line spots.

Depth-chart impact:  Suh’s return would change his usage and role, but Hall will be part of a five-man rotation and making a case for an expanded role as his rookie year progresses. If he’s not a starter this fall, he’ll be in line to have that role in 2023, with Gholston (and likely Suh if he returns) being free agents again after this season. The Bucs haven’t drafted a defensive lineman since Vea in 2018, so this is a position that has been long neglected and gets a much-needed influx of youth and talent here.

Fast evaluation: Hall has been mentioned as a match for the Bucs since before last season ended — there’s definitely a lot of Tryon-Shoyinka, from his physical appearance to his low-key disposition to an athleticism and versatility that will have both of them showing up in multiple spots in Todd Bowles’ defensive front. Given how far Hall has come in the last few years, it’s intriguing to think he could still have growth — actual and technical — in the next year as he adjusts to the NFL game.

(Photo: Stephen Lew / USA Today)





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