Buccaneers select Houston DL Logan Hall with first pick in second round of 2022 NFL Draft

Just like Day 1 of the 2022 NFL Draft, Day 2 started with the defense.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Houston Cougars defensive end Logan Hall with the 33rd overall pick to begin Friday’s festivities in Las Vegas.

The Bucs acquired the first pick in the second round in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tampa received the No. 33 pick and the numbers 106 and 180 in exchange for the No. 27 pick on Thursday night, which the Jags used to take Utah linebacker Devin Lloyd.

Hall is a long, wiry defensive lineman with a quick first step and good power and explosiveness off the ball who can play inside or outside. The Elder has shown the ability to use his length to push blockers away from his body and has a good range of swimming/slapping motions.

Standing 6-foot-6 and 283 pounds, Hall should be able to add weight to his frame at the pro level without losing explosiveness. The Cougar enters the NFL as a raw specimen with room to grow — including keeping his pad low — and could become a difference maker in Tampa.

In four years in Houston, Hall has generated 97 tackles and seven sacks, including six in 2021. Joining the Bucs fits well with Hall’s skill set, and he should become a productive player in Todd Bowles’ scheme.

For Tampa, the selection reflects its 2021 first-round pick of Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, an equally athletic passing thrower with room to grow. JTS had a strong rookie season playing in a rotation with Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul. Hall’s selection also comes with Ndamukong Suh still a free agent after three seasons in Tampa. If the Bucs get similar production from Hall in Tryon-Shoyinka’s freshman year, they’d be thrilled.

The Bucs’ goal over the past two drafts has been to get younger on the edge of the point. While Hall’s selection shouldn’t preclude a potential reunion with JPP, it does reduce the immediate need to add another point player for the Super Bowl or bust Bucs.

After celebrating his 22nd birthday last Friday, Hall can now celebrate after joining Tom Brady’s Bucs as the No. 1 second-round pick.

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