Bucs Get An Additional Draft Pick

February 24th, 2018

GM Jason Licht

That celebrating you heard at One Buc Palace yesterday was not Day 4 of the Swaggy’s-gone party.

The chest-bumping and arm-barring off Dale Mabry Highway was the result of the NFL granting the Bucs an additional pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. A seventh-round compensatory selection, aka the second-to-last pick in the draft, was handed to Tampa Bay as part of the complex free agency system.

In very simple terms, if you have more free agents walk and sign elsewhere than you sign in one offseason by a certain date, then you end up with a free pick(s) from the NFL. Contract size — incoming and outgoing — factors into the placement of the pick.

When the dust settled, the Bucs kind of nailed down their 2018 compensatory pick because safety Bradley McDougald signed with the Seahawks last spring.

Frankly, Joe would much rather have back McDougald, who had an excellent season in Seattle.

General manager Jason Licht is good in the draft but he hasn’t accomplished much in the last two rounds. His Bucs predecessor had quality scores there (Dekoda Watson, Erik Lorig, Cody Grimm), so maybe this is the year Licht turns things around and finds a seventh-round contributor.

39 Responses to “Bucs Get An Additional Draft Pick”

  1. SteveK Says:

    His predecessor also botched every first round pick but Gerald.

  2. jmarkbuc Says:

    General manager Jason Licht is good in the draft.. NOT SO MUCH LATELY JOE but he hasn’t accomplished much in the last two rounds.

    His Bucs predecessor had quality scores there (Dekoda Watson, Erik Lorig, Cody Grimm),


    so maybe this is the year Licht turns things around and finds a seventh-round contributor.

  3. BucEmUp Says:

    Trade a 7th to Detroit for Zach zenner….rb problem solved

  4. Off the Cuff Says:

    7rh round pick- wildcat QB Quentin Flowers

  5. Jeebs the Honey Bear Says:

    Licht is not good in the draft. That is a false narrative. The draft is an important part of building a successful roster. That doesn’t just mean picking a few good players.

    VH3 with the first pick and Aguayo with the 2nd negates two good picks he has made. In his first draft the only good player he got was Evans.

    In four years, he has failed to address the defensive line at all. Football is won in the trenches! The proof is in the pudding. Our roster has massive holes after four years of drafting. Licht is not getting it done.

  6. AlteredEgo Says:

    Kicker…. 😉

  7. Jp_09 Says:

    Make Tampa Great Again!!!!
    2018 draft:
    Rd 1: Bradley Chubb; DE, NC State
    RD 2: Taven Bryan; DT, FL (if unable to acquire Payne or Vea via trade up)
    Rd 3: Kalen Ballage; RB, AZ State
    Rd 4: BJ Hill; DT, NC State
    Rd 5: Wyatt teller; G, VA Tech
    Rd 6: Martez Carter; RB, Grambling State
    Rd 7: Ike Boettger; T, Iowa

    RD 1: If Chubb is not available, attempt to trade down select Payne or Vea, then move back into the 1st for Arden Key. If Chubb is not available, and cannot find a trade partner, then select Nelson or Fitzpatrick.

    RD 2: If Chubb is selected in RD 1, then attempt to trade back into the 1st using draft capital from 2019 to select Payne, Vea, Key or Bryan.

    Free agents:
    Ziggy Ansah; DE, DET
    Sheldon Richardson; DT, SEA
    Andrew Norwell; G, CAR
    Eric Reid; S, SF
    Trumaine Johnson; CB, LAR
    Morris Claiborne; CB, NYJ
    James Wilder Jr.; RB, Tor
    LeGarrette Blount; RB, PHI

    *release Jackson

  8. Defense Rules Says:

    Only the Bucs’ management could get excited over an additional 7th Round pick. Would MUCH rather have Bradley McDougald back.

  9. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    Hey Joe, maybe we can use this pick to select your fullback from Montana State that won’t fumble, and replace Jameis.

  10. denjoe Says:

    I’m for trading the 5th 6th and 2 7th’s for a good Coach. Who doesn’t speak softly or have to carry a stick.

  11. Guzziep Says:

    JP9…..DJAX is guaranteed this year can’t cut him, can try trading him but his value is super low after a 500 yard, injury season he missed the last couple of games, best we could get is a 4th, better off keeping him

  12. Guzziep Says:

    Maybe we can stop drafting after the 5th trade everything to move up the first 4 rounds, adding 4 players a year isn’t conducive to building a roster, got to hit on some late rounders to compensate for early round busts like 201

  13. Guzziep Says:


  14. The Buc Realist Says:

    terrible reporting!!!!! Saying it was McDougald that got us the pick!!!!! Tell the Truth!!!! IT was MG8!!!!!!!!!!

    And if they did not sign Baker and Desean we would have an extra 3rd round pick right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Jp_09 Says:


    Good call on DJAX, didn’t know he was guaranteed this year.

  16. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Off the Cuff

    I like the way you think outside of the box. Quentin Flowers in the 7th would be a great pick. I do not know if he lasts that long however. I realize all the questions about him an NFL QB but I would love for the Bucs to get him.

    As you’ve pointed out he could be a wildcat QB…I’d like that and I believe he has more to offer. Flowers won me over a couple years back and so I followed him since. The kid is a WINNER and he’s an amazing athlete. If nothing else perhaps we could get Hines Ward style play from him.

    IMO he’s the perfect guy to play WITH #3. He has a totally different style and shouldn’t threaten Jameis at all.

  17. cmurda Says:

    Hold on. Did I read a commenter claim that Zach Zenner is the answer to our RB problem? Now, that is hilarious. I needed a good laugh today.

  18. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I would love to re-sign Bradley McDougald. Last year for the Seahawks, he only started 9 games (played in 16). Had he started all 16, he was on pace for 133 Combined tackles, as opposed to 91 the year before. He had fewer passes defended though.

    I never understood why he was let out of Tampa, because he was getting better each year. During his time in Tampa, he went from 40 to 67 to 79 total tackles. And his last year he had 10 passes defended and 2 picks.

    He is a free agent this year. Bucs need to get him back.

  19. LakeLand Says:

    So we let a good, quality, young FS walk in free agency….and the league rewards us with a 7th round draft pick for our stupidity.

    Great Going Bucs

  20. cmurda Says:

    Agreed Bonzai. It was another terrible personnel assessment in a long line of terrible personnel assessments.

  21. SOEbuc Says:

    This helps my dream of trading back into the first for Vea after Chubb/Davenport. Or Davenport after Vea.

  22. NFLNut Says:


  23. jjbucfan Says:

    Jp- very interesting pull with James Wilder, Jr. He was awesome last year in the CFL, he would be interesting in camp. He was always a hard runner with decent hands at FSU. We love signing CFL players, he could be very interesting, he is only 25 years old. Flowers is interesting too but only if RG4 is ready to be the full time backup and Flowers would be the 3rd and use him in the wildcat on occasion. The only problem is Dirk Koetter is our head coach and play caller so those ideas are just a pipe dream. It took him 10 games to run Desean Jackson on a jet sweep instead of Adam Humphries and Bernard Reedy. That may be a little hyperbole but the fact is that Koetter completely sucks and can’t find innovative ways to use the talent he has. And he definitely can’t design plays that fit the strengths of his players if they don’t fit his “scheme”. Great coaches can adjust to what they have.

  24. Marc Says:

    Boy, I hope he addresses the DL this year.

    -Concerned Bucs fan

  25. Capt.Tim Says:

    So , We let McDougald go- but got the next to last pick in the draft for him?
    Yaaaay team Bucs!

    With that kind of Brilliance, Its hard to believe we were 5-11!
    Or been to the playoffs in a decade!

  26. Mike Johnson Says:

    Not excited about an additional 7th rder. Only the Pats and a few other teams know how to draft a 7th rder that sticks. Licht is on the hot seat with his comrades Koetter and Smitty. They got so entralled with building an Offense, they let the defense slide to one of the worst top 4 in the NFL. So..batter up Licht. They got a fishing pole down at the watering hole for you too If you screw this season up!

  27. JimmyJack Says:

    I liked Bradley McDougal too but crying about losing him is pretty ridicilous. Put it in perceptive and last offseason if you were given the choice between McDougal or TJ Ward which one would you take? Easy to say Ward now but theres no way you say that last year.

    We don’t have brilliant depth at Safety but it is very capable. Right move to try to upgrade our starter IMO.

  28. donuts Says:

    After the past 2 drafts, Bucs eval team grade dropped from a B to a C. 2016 draft had too many strike outs.
    We usually waste our 7th rounders on players in Hawaii instead of grabbing first round problem talent that end up being starters. (see La’El Collins). This is where NE/Belicheat excel and why they can plug and play guys into their system as needed.

  29. SteveK Says:

    Will Vern M Heargraves get better, or is he a bust of a #11 overall pick?

    Insult to injury is that the tradeback from 9 to 11 netted us the ammunition to trade up for a stinking kicker.

    Let’s go Licht. Wake up and don’t “cringe st the expectations”. Sign some FAs!

  30. unbelievable Says:

    Frankly, Joe would much rather have back McDougald, who had an excellent season in Seattle.

    Amen, Joe.

    7th rounder… lol. #BucsLife

  31. Broy34 Says:

    I want whatever jp_09 is hallucinating on. That’s it dude. We’re gonna get the top 4,5 players in free agency. God do some Bucs fans live in their own world or what

  32. ATrain Says:

    Well Bucs Fans this is all good talk


  33. webster Says:

    Im sorry but this is why i laugh. Did i just read the bucs are bad because they have not got a 7th rounder right? Please all you intelligent fans, tell me a team that nails multiple 7th round picks. Cody grimm? He was good for 2 games!!! Dakota watson? A solid special teams player? Thats all you can ask for at that point. Where is lorig, watson and grimm now? Joe you are better than that. The bucs would not be better if lorig, watson or grimm was on the team. STOP IT!!!! And to the sheep that fell for joe’s nonsense, you should be ashamed of yourselves period. Cody grimm smh

  34. webster Says:

    I see what tmax is screaming about. We have a fan base/media that is longing for the 7th round greatness of cody grimm, dekota watson and erik lorig. WTF????

  35. Mike Johnson Says:

    In the 7th rd the Bucs select..CHUBB!! Dam..what was in that bowl…….

  36. Duke Says:


    Lol….That light bulb just went on…….(see L. Collins) .

    Webster you know about the literally one first rd talent that plummeted the day of draft because of questions about character. (If you’re willing to work with that premise…..then I say that leaked photo showed ingenuity, creativity and a go getter attitude. Yeah forgot…dedication to training).

    Personally, I don’t know what is more “thought-provoking” the correlation between the 7th RD picks and the team’s failures or that someone believes that the 7RD is loaded with first rd talent. Either is cause for a Baker act, both is a golden ticket for a paid permanent vacation at Sunny Acres asylum and day spa.

  37. Rod Munch Says:

    The pick came from Mike Glennon getting money because the formula, based on everything I’ve ever read, isn’t just a you lost X number of guys, it’s you lost X number of guys who got contracts based at Y dollars and how that compares to the league average. Glennon put the Bucs barely into the plus category. For example if the Redskins lose Cousins, that’s it, one guy, and they signed say 3 guys for back-up money, they’re still going to most likely get a 3rd rounder because Cousins will probably be the top paid QB in the league.

  38. Jp_09 Says:

    Broy, why wouldn’t you target the top free agents if your Licht. Licht should call everyone that’s available. Can we afford them all no, but we damn sure could afford 2-3 of them. Unless you want to sit back and let the Campbells of free agency go to other teams and settle with the Bakers there’s no reason to to not inquire about all the top FAs

  39. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    What ever happened to that top 10 compensatory pick we were supposed to receive for Glennon being released LOL!