Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Draft goal: Late-round tight end that studies Rob Gronkowski’s play

Most Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans probably don’t know who Teagan Quitoriano is, but you’ll learn a lot about him in the near future if he makes his NFL debut with your favorite team.

The Bucs’ need for tight end isn’t just at the top of the depth chart, it’s also at the bottom.

With Rob Gronkowski’s future in question, Cameron Brate is the starting tight end on the current roster with no one behind him yet.

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That makes every draft pundit project the tight end as a position Bucs general manager Jason Licht should address in the NFL Draft.

The only question is, where does he take one of the many talented tight ends in this year’s class?

A late option is this guy you may not have heard of, an Oregon State product who studies Gronk himself as he tries to turn his amateur game into a career. professional.

“There’s a place for me on any NFL team,” Quitoriano said in an exclusive interview with Sports Illustrated‘s Bri Amaranthus. “I’m ready to do anything to win. Special teams is something I have a lot of experience in and I know it’s the fastest way on the field in the NFL. I’m ready to dive in there- inside.

Tampa Bay football has benefited greatly from Licht’s ability to spot late-round talent who become contributors to the team.

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Brate himself was an undrafted free agent.

Cast as a late-round prospect, NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein highlights Quitoriano’s player blocking posture, experience as an inside/outside zone blocker, and his ability to navigate routes and find separation at the top of them as reasons why he might succeed. a team like the Buccaneers.

He obviously has weaknesses, though, including shortcomings in his ability to finish blocks, how he resists powerful edge rushers, and struggles with media coverage as a catcher.

A project player for sure. But one with an athletic edge who seems to have the drive to succeed and the selflessness to be driven and win every rep.

No one can promise that a late-round pick in the NFL Draft will turn into a gem, not even the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Top 5 general manager.

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But Quitoriano himself promises that any team that brings him into the league will be ‘a tight end and an extremely hard worker’.

And all of that might just add up to a late name called the Bucs, in the 2022 NFL Draft.

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