Jason Licht Not Locked In With No. 32 Pick

April 2nd, 2021

Draft face.

It’s not uncommon to hear Bucs fans suggest that AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht should trade down from the No. 32 pick and rack up extra depth.

That’s not exactly an irresponsible line of thought.

And while Licht, in a Zoom press conference yesterday with the Tampa Bay pen and mic club, emphasized all options are open for that pick, he did mention that in years past, Licht has thought about swinging a trade with the Super Bowl champion of that time to grab that final first-round pick.

“You know, we are not going into [the draft] saying, ‘We’ve got to trade out of this pick’ or that we are going to stick with the pick no matter what. That will present itself as the draft goes and we get closer to our pick.

“There have been several times, I think every year in the draft, when we have been picking high lately, that when it gets down to the 32nd pick, I go ‘Oh, man. I wish we had a pick right here because I really like this guy.’

“Picks 1 through 32 all have a 50 percent chance of being a player. So I think the chances of a guy being a good or a very good player are just as good at 32 as they are at 1.”

Now with that statement, did Licht ever so deftly raise the ante to the rest of the NFL for the Bucs’ No. 32 pick? Joe thinks so.

Hey, this is a fun pick. The Bucs are loaded and have no real needs. So Licht could go with just about any player at No. 32 and make an argument that he will be a good fit.

Another reason why this is a fun pick? Because the Bucs are Super Bowl champs!

34 Responses to “Jason Licht Not Locked In With No. 32 Pick”

  1. BucFan76 Says:

    A developmental QB would be nice with that pick…

    Also not opposed to adding quality depth to our offensive or defensive line…

  2. MadMax Says:

    As long as its a high number #2 plus whatever.

  3. NCFlorIdiot Says:

    That’s right, the Bucs are Super Bowl Champs baby! That never gets old!

  4. Leighroy Says:

    Another “fun” pick will be the Mr Irrelevant pick at 259 (if Licht keeps it)!

    Here’s a question to ponder: Would it be wise to accept picks next year for the 32 this year? I.e. accepting a trade proposal of a 1st rounder next year from an inferior team + say a 3rd this year.

    I realize it depends who’s available, whether they fit our team and who’s trading, but just at a basic level what do we think?

  5. Topdoggie Says:

    Leighroy. I thought the Mr irrelevant pick was a compensation pick. Not the 32nd pick of the 7th round. Also if we pick up additional picks we might think about getting them for next year. With a loaded team it gets harder for draft picks to make the team. You end up waiving players who are nfl worthy

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    It’s a mixed bag with the 32 pick….you do get the 5th year option but Bucs pay an additional $1mil over a 2nd round pick.
    The vet minimum is lower at $660k than any of the draft pick salaries….but with the draft picks, you get 4 year contracts & Vet min would be for 1 year.
    But, with vets you get a proven commodity.

    My thought is to trade down depending on the trading partner….if it’s a very high 2nd round pick.

    I’d go with the draft picks instead of the Vet minimums…..

  7. WillieG Says:

    Trade all draft picks, + OJ + our first and second from next year + our first from ‘23 and draft Trevor Lawrence. Yeah, I know. It’ll never happen but man, this would be the time to do it since we have no glaring needs.

  8. JB Says:

    WilleG smoking his happy weed early today! LOL 😂

  9. Jaymiss Pick6 Again Says:

    On a selfish note, how bad would that suck if I travel from Virginia to Big Storm Brewery in my creamsicle Steve Spurrier and we trade back into the second round. All that and no first night pick to cheer about…Dhoooo!

  10. MadMax Says:

    LOL, Willie thats a little overboard, but I feel ya. Im still all about trading the farm and next year’s 1st for drafting Trevor….if it requires OJ, ok. And no it wont happen. But we all know a great D + a great QB equals success. Can you even imagine Trevor behind Brady for a year or two? This could be a dynasty in the making here lol.

  11. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Call me crazy, but I don’t see Trevor Lawrence being a great NFL QB.
    I am all for drafting a QB though and stocking the cupboards with OL and DL.

  12. Brett Says:

    I hope they get a good football player.

  13. mark2001 Says:

    What I think is cool about it, is that if you believe there are 30 guys on your board worthy of a first round pick, and none of them you desire are sitting there at 32, you can’t trade up adding a later round pick to snag one, you can sit and hope they drop to you and if not you trade down. Let someone else make that pick who evaluates the guys differently. And if you can’t trade down? Just pick the highest guy left on the board.

  14. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    It would sure be nice if that Penn State pass rusher is there at number 32.

  15. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    The advantage is as a 1st round pick you can control a player for 5 years, a second round pick 4. That makes that last pick very valuable, much more then the first pick of the second round.

  16. mark2001 Says:

    True SC. But if we have to trade down because you don’t think the value is there, we can use the slightly lower pick and additional draft capital to pick up an additional athletically talented project. With our current scouting staff, and our current coaching staff, first rate at talent development, I think we are in fine position in either case.

  17. MadMax Says:

    @Dooosh, 52-2 in high school, 34-2 at Clemson, an undefeated season and national champ as a freshman in 2019….sorry you’re late but april fools ended yesterday buddy lol.

    Seriously though, these QB’s are once in a gen types. Maybe im wrong, i dont know, we’ll see. Hopefully the Jags think like you and pass and we can trade for the 2nd pick with our farm.

  18. ocala Says:

    The problem with a developmental QB at 32 is it looks like a huge gap between the top 5 QB’s (which will be picked in the first 10 picks in my opinion) and the #6 QB that may be a 3rd or 4th round selection.

  19. TOM Says:

    It just depends on whats available at 32 & what other teams offer the Bucs in trade. This is not rocket science folks.

  20. Alanbucsfan Says:

    There will be several good opportunities to pick a quality corner or safety at 32.
    Adding another playmaker in secondary to go with this front 7 sounds intriguing…

  21. Leighroy Says:

    Topdogie there are no compensatory picks in the 7th round. We have 2 result from trade with Steelers

  22. DoooshLaRue Says:


    Didn’t JayMiss have a lot of wins in high school and college too?
    I’m not saying Trevor is gonna suck but my gut tells me that he’s gonna underwhelm.

    He sure has pretty hair though…….

  23. SKBucsFan Says:

    I’m all for trading down if it builds depth. My suggestion to trade down when we had the #1 pick 6 years ago was ignored so i doubt Jason Licht will listen to me today.

  24. Steven007 Says:

    To me Zach Wilson seems to have the best combination of traits of the QB’s available in this draft. He looks like a mashup of mahomes and Russell Wilson.

  25. MadMax Says:

    LOL, different culture and mindset in that whole comparison, you gotta be able to differentiate between the two….and so what about hair, haha.

  26. MadMax Says:

    My board changed with one addition…its still pretty much intact…

    Nixon (can also be used as a FB, dude can bust one out, trust me)
    Jackson carman

    end of 2nd
    Darius stills (if we dont grab Nixon)

    still doing my homework on the rest, but I recall pointing out DT Marvin Wilson and WR TJ Vasher from last year…could be there end of the 3rd

  27. Admiral Redbeard Says:

    Need to trade down. A couple more picks in the 2nd and 3rd (maybe more) and we can get solid backups for the positions that hurt the most when players went down. Personally I would like to see us get Tyler Shelvin backing up VV, Creed Humphrey backing the G/C spots, Liam Eichenberg >OT. All these guys could be eventual starters and should be around in rd2. We should also draft Ben Mason (Michigan), that kid is a beast.

  28. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Eichenberg is gonna go in the 1st.

  29. Allbuccedup Says:

    Trade down get extra pick get Kyle Trask if not in the 3rd or 4th round get Davis Mills from Stanford.

  30. gotbbucs Says:

    I don’t know much, but I’m 99.9% sure that our first pick won’t be a QB or K. They didn’t spend the last month resigning and reworking deals to use this first pick on a player that will add nothing to this team this season.

    I could maybe see a QB in round 4 and beyond, not before, and that would have to be a QB with a much higher than 4th round grade.

    They will worry about QB when Brady is done. At that point they’ll sign a bridge veteran and they’ll draft and develop.

    Had the Patriots quit drafting the Ryan Mallet’s of the world and drafted players that could help that team be better Brady would likely have more than seven rings.

  31. Stat guy Says:

    Patriots got back more in draft picks trading qbs than they have drafting them

  32. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Doosh: Trevor Lawrence won’t be good.
    Also Doosh: I have no credibility because I act like Donovan Smith, a starting LT for a Super Bowl winning team, is one of the worst football players to ever put pads on.

  33. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Good time to trade down a few spots if you ask me. We do not HAVE to have a first round pick this year.

  34. BoricuaBucFan4life Says:

    Trade out of the 1st to add for a couple 2’s and a 4th and or a 3rd next yr and and take Mac Jones. He would be successful on our team especially sitting behind ” TheGoat” and I Jaelen Phillips with our other pick and let him learn from the other “Goat” JPP.