The Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicked off Day 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft by selecting Washington tight end Cade Otton.
Otton, a four-year starter at Washington, is a smooth route-runner with reliable hands. He finished his college career with 91 catches for 1,026 yards and nine touchdowns.
While there's nothing wrong with the Buccaneers adding depth at tight end, the reality is this selection will spark a lot of speculation about Rob Gronkowski's future.
"Oh boy...Otton wore 87 at Washington," James Yarcho of Bucs Nation tweeted. "Will he be changing his number or is the Gronk speculation about to hit overdrive?"
Gronkowski has not yet announced his plans for the 2022 season. If he does play football this season, it'll only be for the Buccaneers.
Until an announcement is made, NFL fans will continue to speculate about Gronkowski.
Last season, Gronkowski had 55 catches for 802 yards and six touchdowns.
The Buccaneers would love to have Gronkowski back in the fold for the 2022 season, but if not, they found themselves a potential replacement in Otton.