What the NFL Draft will look like for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Scripps 2016 NFL Mock Draft
Posted at 10:30 AM, Apr 28, 2021

The NFL Draft can be an exciting time for fans of any team in football, but especially if you have a high draft pick and could be drafting the next face of the franchise.

But what happens when you're the reigning Super Bowl champions and have literally re-signed every single one of your starters? That's the position the Tampa Bay Buccaneers find themselves in this year.


The NFL Draft starts Thursday, and the Bucs won't have a pick until the very end of the first round, at pick #32.

What do you get the team that's already strong at every position?

Last year the team knocked it out of the park, drafting offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs at #13 overall, who made an immediate impact.

Various mock drafts have seen the Bucs taking an offensive lineman, an edge rusher, or even a quarterback, particularly if certain QBs fall that low.

The Buccaneers have a strong support system to develop a young quarterback but will only draft one this year if they unanimously feel the fit is right, particularly "above the neck," Buccaneers writer Scott Smith said.

Tampa Bay will have just the one pick in round one, but here is a full list of all the Bucs draft picks:

  • Round 1, pick 32 
  • Round 2, pick 64 
  • Round 3, pick 95 
  • Round 4, pick 137 
  • Round 5, pick 176 
  • Round 6, pick217 
  • Round 7, pick 251
  • Round 7, pick 259 

As for the rest of the league, the first five picks in the draft will belong to:

1) Jacksonville Jaguars

2) New York Jets

3) San Francisco 49ers (from HOU through MIA)

4) Atlanta Falcons

5) Cincinnati Bengals

6) Miami Dolphins (from PHI)

7) Detroit Lions

8) Carolina Panthers

9) Denver Broncos

10) Dallas Cowboys

11) New York Giants

12) Philadelphia Eagles (from SF through MIA)

13) Los Angeles Chargers

14) Minnesota Vikings

15) New England Patriots

16) Arizona Cardinals

17) Las Vegas Raiders

18) Miami Dolphins

19) Washington Football Team

20) Chicago Bears

21) Indianapolis Colts

22) Tennessee Titans

23) New York Jets (from SEA)

24) Pittsburgh Steelers

25) Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)

26) Cleveland Browns

27) Baltimore Ravens

28) New Orleans Saints

29) Green Bay Packers

30) Buffalo Bills

31) Baltimore Ravens (from KC)

32) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers made a move one day before the draft to re-sign wide receiver Antonio Brown to a one-year deal.

The NFL draft will also have some rule changes this year. During the first round of the draft, each NFL team will have ten minutes to make their pick. Teams are given seven minutes to make their selection during the second round, and through rounds three to six, teams have five minutes to make their selection. In the seventh and final round, teams are given four minutes to announce their pick.

Whoever Tampa Bay ends up taking in the first round, you have to feel good about their chances in the 2021-22 season.