Apr 26, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NFL former player Warren Sapp (left) announces the forty-third overall pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (right) during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: When Do The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Draft?


Tomorrow night is when every fan’s hopes and dreams hit their highest point. The season is new and fresh; everyone is undefeated and has Super Bowl ambitions. The 2014 NFL Draft marks a new beginning for many players, but also for many of our favorite teams. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to improve on their 4-12 performance in the 2013 campaign, and after making some splashy moves in free agency, the draft is an opportunity for the Bucs to round out their roster.

Below is a list of the Bucs 2014 picks:

Round
Pick
Overall
177
2638
3569
4Traded to Jets--
53143
6Traded to Bears--
69 (from Bills)185
76221

 

What Tampa Bay will do with these picks remains to be seen. We’ve seen numerous mock drafts and analyses that have outlined who will go where, but in order for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to have a successful draft, they’ll need to address a few major needs:

Wide Receiver

The Bucs absolutely need to pick an impact wide-out to play opposite of Vincent Jackson. Timothy Wright, a tight end in a wide receiver’s body, was the second leading receiver on the team in 2013. The 3rd and 4th options are now gone, with Tiquan Underwood suiting up for the Carolina Panthers and Mike Williams shipped to Buffalo. Many fans will question who is going to play quarterback (McCown, Glennon, Manziel???!!!), but regardless of that answer, the Bucs need warm bodies to throw to, preferably with hands that can catch.

Offensive Guard

Can you name the starting offensive guards for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Neither can I (though I doubt most people could name the two starting guards for their favorite NFL team). The point being that Carl Nicks may not return from injury, creating a need on the offensive front. I’m not saying that the Bucs will use their first round pick on a guard, but don’t be surprised if the team snags a big body early on in the draft to create some holes ahead of Doug Martin.

 

Everything at this point remains speculation, but beginning tomorrow night, we’ll have better insight into where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be headed in the 2014 season.

 

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  • Doug Lacy

    This year is deep in WR so we can get one in the second or third rounds and maybe another later like another Williams so I don’t think we should take a WR in the first unless we traded back I’m the first round to pick up a good one but I feel like we should draft either manziel or bortles and let them sit behind Mccown and trade glennon for either a 2nd or 3rd and get a guard then and that still leaves us room to get a decent WR or TE and whoever else they decide to go for but I feel like jonny football needs to stand behind Mccown for a year so he can learn things and I think he could turn out to be electrifying I know he has stuff to work on but if he sits and learns that might pay off for us I just don’t want him to play as a rookie get burned and try running and get hurt like rg3 I think that would be a good way to go and even in next years draft we can still get good WR and have a groomed manziel ( I’m not good at spelling names so yeah if I got them wrong my bad) I think he could bring life back to the franchise

    • TJ Ackerman

      You make some excellent points Doug. I should’ve mentioned in the article that if someone like Manziel was available, I would argue the Bucs should definitely take him. The stipulation with drafting a QB would be that he would need to sit behind McCown for a year (like you mentioned) to pick up on Jeff Tedford’s offense. I’d think that Tedford would work in some wrinkles specific to a player with Manziel’s talents as well.

      The draft is very deep at WR and there will be options available in the later rounds as well to supplement our WR corps. If you had to choose, would you take Watkins or Evans?