2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins (2014)
Austin Seferian-Jenkins had so much potential, as evidenced by his selection in the second round. After Licht selected Mike Evans in the first round, he added another offensive weapon in Seferian-Jenkins. The 6-foot-5, 262-pound tight end showed hints of his potential throughout his short Buccaneer career. But that potential never truly came to fruition, as injuries and off-field issues led to a quick end for him in the Bay.
ASJ caught 21 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns in 2014 before hauling in 21 for 338 and four scores in 2015. Between those two years, he played only sixteen games.
In June of 2016, head coach Dirk Koetter kicked him out of a practice for not knowing what he was doing on a play. Koetter downplayed it, but that was a telling sign as to where he stood on the team’s offense heading into his third year.
Seferian-Jenkins pulled in a 30-yard touchdown catch in week one of the 2016 season, but that would be his last highlight as a Buc. In late September, he was charged with a DUI that led to him being cut by Tampa Bay.
Spending a second-rounder on someone who failed to pan out in just a couple of seasons was frustrating. Perhaps it’s even more frustrating when you consider who was taken after him. Marqise Lee, Jordan Matthews, Davante Adams and Jarvis Landry all went later in that round. If the Bucs wanted another offensive weapon to pair with Evans, one of those guys would’ve been a better choice. Hindsight is 20/20, sure, but ASJ stands as one of Licht’s biggest misses in the draft.