The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft has passed us by, and Mark Dominik did not find a player worth trading up for during the first 32 picks. The allure of falling wideouts and five-year contracts was not enough to convince the Buccaneers’ war room to trade up and make a pick on Thursday night.
There is definitely still talent left on the board, as Geno Smith and every other quarterback not named EJ Manuel fell past the first 32 selections, along with a very talented linebacker from Kansas State named Arthur Brown and FSU defensive end Tank Carradine.
The Buccaneers have a second and third round pick ready for use tomorrow, and could still make trades if Mark Dominik feels he needs to move up to get an important player, or move down to stock up more selections. But after watching the prospects get drafted this evening, it’s fairly obvious that the Buccaneers got the best player in the first round, as Darrelle Revis is better than any of the players taken in this years’ opening round of the NFL Draft.
The Bucs’ NFC South rivals all made selections, with the Panthers adding Star Lotulelei from Utah. Star has the potential to be a massive impact player for the Panthers, and was a great value at the 14th pick. The Saints then took Kenny Vaccaro, which was a decent pick, but he’s certainly not a player I’m concerned with as a Buccaneer fan. The Falcons traded up a few picks at the end of the first round to take cornerback Desmond Trufant. After losing Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes, corner was a need for the Falcons, and Trufant is going to be a solid pro.
Tampa Bay has the 11th pick on Friday night, the 43th selection overall. We’ll be sure to give our thoughts and comments on everything the Buccaneers do tomorrow during the second and third rounds of the NFL Draft.
Until then, feel free to predict what you think the Buccaneers will do by leaving a comment in the comment section!