When the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft went off, Buccaneers fans paid little notice. Having shipped that pick to Oakland in the trade for HC Jon Gruden, the last pick of that opening draft stanza was not on the table.
This is not the case in 2021. And that’s not the only drama of the evening.
Will there be a run on quarterbacks as predicted? Can the offensive players dominate the top of the round as some expect? Who will fall and who will rise?
The 2021 drama was always going to be different, considering so many players opted out of the 2020 season. The limited schedules, cancelled games, etc. left so much evaluation on the table. It could be to the point where the Buccaneers may not pick until sometime early Friday morning.
But that does not make this a draft to miss. It’s quite the contrary, actually.
You hear “best player available”, or “luxury pick”. The Bucs are bringing almost the entire gang back, which makes depth the main need. Well, alright. But you can’t put it past Jason Licht to find a contributor for a team he has built so strongly through the draft in recent years. That’s what he does. Which only makes what the Buccaneers do in the 2021 draft even more interesting.
Let the games begin.
Speaking about the draft
The Bucs Report will have you covered on Thursday night, with a Buccaneer takeover of Ferg’s Sports Bar and Grill. We will be breaking down what the rest of the league is doing to try and catch up with Tampa Bay. The question of “Who is on the top of the draft board at One Buc Place?”, will keep us on the edge of our seats. Bucs Report will have it covered.
Tampa Bay’s 2021 opponents pick at Nos. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 21, and 23. Each team, with each selection, attempting to close the gap between themselves and the Super Bowl LV champion, Buccaneers.
In this draft, the team still basking in the “Lombardi Glow”, will want to avoid being chilled by a late April draft.