It truly is at last here. The 2021 NFL Draft has arrived! The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have eight overall draft picks and it all starts tonight with the prolonged-awaited first round.
This year’s draft, the 86th once-a-year, will take put reside from Cleveland, Ohio and the Bucs will search to tackle a quantity of desires through the weekend. As Super Bowl LV champions, Tampa Bay holds the closing select of the initially spherical, No. 32 general.
Below is every thing you want to know about the NFL Draft, including how to enjoy, setting up times of each spherical, and what the Bucs are hoping to achieve this weekend.
How to look at the 2021 NFL Draft
The initially round of the NFL Draft kicks off at 8 p.m. on ESPN, ABC, and NFL Network. The complete draft will air on these three networks.
The second and third rounds of the draft start out Friday night time at 7 p.m. Rounds four by means of seven choose spot on Saturday and start off at noon EST.
In the first round, each group will have 10 minutes for each decide. For the duration of round two as a result of 3, that variety drops to seven minutes per choose. For rounds four by means of six, groups will have 5 minutes for each individual variety. At last, in the seventh spherical, every single workforce will have four minutes to make their picks.
The official Buccaneers Draft Show, hosted by T.J. Rives and Pat Donovan will be aired on 95.3 WDAE starting at 7 p.m. Thursday and will continue via the close of the first round, in accordance to the franchise.
Here’s when the Buccaneers decide
As mentioned previously mentioned, the Bucs maintain the No. 32 over-all location, the ultimate decide on of the to start with spherical, on Thursday. If Tampa Bay picks at No. 32, it will mark the next time drafting a participant in that slot in team historical past (1982 – Booker Reese, Round 2, Select 32).
Under is a total record of every pick the Bucs have entering this weekend:
Working day 1, Round 1: Decide on 32 (No. 32 in general)
Day 2, Spherical 2: Decide on 32 (No. 64 in general)
Day 2, Spherical 3: Pick 31 (No. 95 general)
Working day 3, Spherical 4: Choose 32 (No. 137 overall)
Working day 3, Spherical 5: Decide 32 (No. 176 general)
Day 3, Spherical 6: Decide on 33 (No. 217 general)
Day 3, Round 7: Pick 24 (No. 251 all round)
Day 3, Round 7: Decide on 31 (No. 259 overall)
This is what the Bucs require in the draft
While the Bucs return all 22 of its starters from the 2020 Super Bowl run, this won’t necessarily mean Tampa Bay has no requirements in the draft.
Somewhat than hunting for potential starters for following year, the workforce alternatively need to emphasis on making depth at specific positions and search for opportunity replacements for the foreseeable future at other positions.
Here is what we feel the workforce desires in this year’s draft:
Tampa Bay returns Carlton Davis III and Jamel Dean outdoors and Sean Murphy-Bunting at nickel, but only two backups currently reside on the roster in slot corner Ross Cockrell and 2020 undrafted totally free agent Herb Miller. If you can find any position that needs additional depth, primarily on protection, it is really at cornerback for the Bucs.
Defensive line/edge rusher
Ndamukong Suh, Jason Pierre-Paul, and William Gholston are not obtaining any youthful any time quickly and they are all entering the ultimate 12 months of their respective contracts. Appear for the Bucs to incorporate depth to this position and on the defensive line.
Inside offensive line
With A.Q Shipley getting pressured to medically retire from football and Joe Haeg off to the Pittsburgh Steelers in totally free company, adding an interior lineman to the rotation would be valuable to the Bucs.
This absolutely isn’t a priority but how wonderful would it be for a rookie quarterback to master from Tom Brady future period? The staff not too long ago re-signed Ryan Griffin to provide as a backup but if the ideal male for the long term is accessible in the center rounds, it would not be surprising to see the Bucs take a quarterback.
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