Draft Grade for 2016 Class so far – D!


The players who were drafted in 2016 are now in their third year. After two and a half seasons in the league, it is safe to say that the 2016 draft was one of the worst in franchise history for Tampa Bay.

Vernon Hargreaves had a terrible start to his career. He struggled mightily, especially in 2017. He started off the 2018 campaign with a few promising plays but was injured and will miss the remainder of the season. Can he be considered a bust so far? Absolutely! Can he still turn his career around? Absolutely!

Noah Spence was picked in the second round and has been plagued by injuries throughout his career. He is healthy now but struggling to get playing time. Even though Spence had a relatively promising rookie year, recording 5.5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles as a rotational player, he did not help the Buccaneers in the long run, either.

The other second round pick the Bucs traded up for to acquire kicker Roberto Aguayo will go down as one of the worst picks in NFL history. Aguayo was a complete bust from the start and could not get his career going in the NFL. Picking a kicker in the second round was a highly controversial move by Licht, which turned out to be a decision he completely shot himself in the foot with.

Fourth round pick Ryan Smith and fifth round pick Caleb Benenoch are currently starters and are most likely the players who have contributed the most out of the 2016 draft class.

Sixth round pick Devonte Bond is still on the roster, at least, but has not contributed very much.

Fullback Dan Vitale was drafted in the sixth round but did not make the final roster cuts before the regular season.

All in all, the 2016 draft class has disappointed mightily so far. Hargreaves and Spence might still turn things around as far as their career is concerned, but it is not looking very good for them at the moment.