The Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft slot and the draft’s depth at quarterback play parts.
As you may have heard, the Buccaneers are defending Super Bowl champions. As such, they have the 32nd (and last) pick in the first round of the upcoming draft. Obviously, that isn’t ideal, but all things considered, there are a lot worse problems to have. This gives the Buccaneers options on what to do with this pick. There’s a good chance that they are going to use this pick to bring in a fresh pass rusher given that the current players on their defensive line are either increasing in age and/or set to be free agents.
Of course, they could always take a flyer on a quarterback to end the first round with a bang, similar to the Green Bay Packers taking Jordan Love last year. This is unlikely though. The other option is trading out of that pick and loading up on picks down the line. This would increas3e their draft capital, and allow them to take young a quarterback while still holding on to their regularly scheduled picks in those rounds.
This is as good a draft as any to explore this strategy too. The quarterbacks at the top of draft boards, namely Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, are getting all of the press, and rightfully so. However, that doesn’t mean that there’s a lack of talent at the position later in the draft. In fact, there’s a couple that would fit the Buccaneers very well, such as Jamie Newman of Wake Forest or Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond.
These are simply the tip of the iceberg. The good thing is, if the Buccaneers were to take a chance on one of these late-round quarterbacks, perhaps even Florida’s Kyle Trask, and keep him in the state, it’s a low-risk high reward situation with the greatest quarterback of all time to learn from. While we’re on that subject…