Buccaneers make the right decision with first-round pick

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2021 NFL Draft (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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It may not be the most fun option, but the Buccaneers trading back in the 2022 NFL Draft was absolutely the right decision to maximize value.

While Buccaneers fans probably wanted to see their team make a pick on the first night of the draft, the alternative is far better than what are would’ve seen.

It is important to remember how bad this draft class is. There were no must-have players remaining at the 27th overall pick, and Tampa didn’t have to force any picks to make the most of their night.

Rather than reaching on a player that may not even contribute en route to the Super Bowl with Tom Brady as the leader, the Buccaneers made the perfect decision to swap picks with the Jaguars to add some picks to the middle of their draft.

Of the picks the Bucs received, the first pick in the second round and the first in the fourth are great looks. Getting to pick first on Day Two and Day Three puts the Bucs in an excellent power position to take whoever they want or to find a suitable trade partner if needed.

Regardless, the Bucs have put themselves in a position where they have their pick of several great options.

Tampa can still pick between a variety of defensive linemen, safeties, or any other position that we already expected to see at the end of the first round already.

The fun may be gone for the first night, but the overall quality of this class for the Bucs has quickly improved with a move like this.

Let’s see if Jason Licht and company can find a way to make this luck continue and put the team in the best position to compete for a Super Bowl.

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