Apr 26, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks before the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft Order: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Will Pick No Later Than Eighth in 2014 NFL Draft

Heading into the final week of the NFL season, the Buccaneers have very little left to play for against a frustrated New Orleans Saints team needing a win to stay alive in the playoff hunt.

So we can instead turn our focus to what the Buccaneers stand to gain or lose in the draft order on Sunday, by evaluating the draft order based on the scenarios likely to unfold on Sunday.

Let’s start with the most basic of news:

  • The Buccaneers cannot pick later than eighth
  • The Buccaneers cannot pick earlier than third

The Redskins and Texans are going to finish ahead of the Buccaneers in the draft order no matter what, which means the Rams and Texans will draft ahead of the Buccaneers in any circumstance.

But because the Buccaneers have only four wins, they cannot win enough to leap past the eighth spot in the draft, because the ninth worst team will have at least six wins no matter what happens on Sunday.

So how can the Buccaneers move up and down the board over the weekend? Here are the teams to keep an eye on.

Assuming the Buccaneers Lose Against New Orleans

The Buccaneers (with a loss to New Orleans) move up the board if any of these teams win:

  • Jacksonville
  • Cleveland
  • Atlanta (Either on Monday night or in Week 17)
  • Oakland

If all of those teams win, and the Buccaneers lose, the Buccaneers will hold the third pick.

If none of those teams win, and the Buccaneers lose, the Buccaneers will hold the seventh pick.

Assuming the Buccaneers Win Against New Orleans

Now, if the Buccaneers win against the Saints, they can still move up the draft board. Here’s how:

  • Minnesota must defeat Detroit during Week 17
  • The Falcons must upset the 49ers and Panthers.

The Buccaneers would finish sixth in the draft order if all of the above scenarios played out. They would finish no higher than sixth, because they lose every tiebreaker with the other teams around them.

If none of those things happen, and the Buccaneers win, they will hold the eighth pick.

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  • Jayson Kaplan

    Just hope the Bucs play this one smart. A pick this high is potentially highly rewarding or really damaging. I’ll stop saying “position of need” in every draft related post sooner or later, but we’ve all seen teams reach for the name instead of the player they really needed. To his credit, Dominik seems to avoid that.

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  • Mike Morgan

    I hope Clowney drops down to the bucs but looking at the matchups in week 17, it looks like the teams we need to win will most likely lose. If that’s the case and the bucs pick 7th I wouldnt mind either picking up Sammy Watkins or trading down a few spots in order to obtain another pick and hope Watkins is still on the board. If we can pick up a top WR and get a TE like Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the 2nd or by trading to get back late in the 1st that would be a nice combo and a huge boost to a offense that looked horrific. I know it’s a lot of “IF’s” but it’s possible and as much as I love defense I really think the bucs should consider building that offense with the first two picks.

    • Jayson Kaplan

      Not at all opposed to trading down from 7 to get more picks, but why would we need to draft a WR in the first round of this draft at 7 or later in the round? Nothing against Watkins, he’s a fine prospect, but we don’t need a prospect. We have an outstanding #1 (Jackson) and a perfectly solid #2 (Wallace) that was limited by injuries. You’re going to burn a first round pick for a #3 WR? This offense needs a stable offensive line, a competent QB, and a play-caller that understands how to use his personnel.