The Tampa Bay Buccaneers knew they were entering the offseason with a monumental question at quarterback.
Tom Brady ultimately decided to retire and the team has to start over at the position once again.
The Bucs took Jameis Winston at No. 1 overall in 2015.
His career was not going on the desired trajectory, and the organization lucked into landing a legend in Brady.
Now they are at square one again and may be looking at another top quarterback prospect.
The source is the player himself.
— NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) February 2, 2022
Kenny Pickett is widely seen as the top quarterback in the 2022 class.
Yet he is not expected to go No. 1 overall, as many other top signal-callers have in the past.
That explains why the Buccaneers are meeting with him at the Senior Bowl.
It would take a large haul of picks, but the team could realistically trade up high enough to grab him in the first round.
All Options Open For Tampa Bay
The Buccaneers can go in so many different directions at quarterback.
The next tier would be trading for a player like Jimmy Garoppolo who is an established starter in his own right.
Next would be exploring options in the draft, which puts Pickett at the top of the list.
Mel Kiper analysis on Kenny Pickett:
— Fifth Quarter Pitt (@FQPitt) January 20, 2022
The Pittsburgh product threw for 4,319 yards and 42 touchdowns last season, skyrocketing his name to the top of draft boards.
Pickett not being seen as a top overall pick is actually better for him in the long-term.
A competitive team can land him and he could be ready to win right away.
Him going to the Buccaneers could mean the team is ready to dominate a wide open NFC South once again in 2022.