GM: @bmpamaral–> 3 DL, 1 OL, 1 RB, 1 QB, 2 LB –> 8 Picks
15. Tampa Bay (10-6)(From Mia) – @bmpamaral – J.J. Watt, DE – Wis
3.20 Tampa Bay (10-6) – @bmpamaral – Will Rackley, OT – Lehigh
4.19 (116) Tampa Bay : DeMarco Murray, RB – OK
4.14 (111) Tampa Bay(From Mia): Chykie Brown, CB – Texas
6.22 – 187. Tampa Bay Buccaneers(f/KC): Cliff Matthews, DE – USC
7.14 – 217. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (From Mia): Mike Mohammed, LB – Cal
7.19 – 222. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Doug Hogue, LB – Syracuse
7.35 – 238. Tampa Bay Buccaneers(comp): Markus White, DE
Tampa Bay Buccaneers have traded pick 1.20, 2.19 and 5.20 for The Miami Dolphins 1.15, 4.14 and 7.15 picks.
Last year, the Bucs used their first two picks on defensive linemen Gerald McCoy and Brian Price. In this draft, the team does essentially the same thing, albeit with far lesser rewards.
To move up five spots in the first frame, the Bucs made a deal that included giving up their second round pick. They then selected JJ Watt, a long, powerful defensive end who’ll be a solid player for them. However, he isn’t the type of dynamic edge rusher that a Tampa 2 defense demands, and it’s not like the Bucs needs a guy who can move inside on passing downs. As a result, it’s very hard to like this pick.
Fortunately, the Buccaneers did fare better with some of their later picks. Small school offensive lineman Will Rackley was a smart third round selection. Though he lacks the length to stay at tackle, Rackley could develop into a very good offensive guard. Also, fourth rounder DeMarco Murray could be a nice complement to power back LeGarrette Blount. Picks Chykie Brown and Cliff Matthews both had underwhelming senior campaigns, but it’s possible that they could turn into something in Tampa. However, the solid mid-round picks can’t make up for the disappointing value in the first two frames.
Graded by Aaron Aloysius – @AaronAloysius