The second day of the draft has passed, which means we can grade it! A fun if slightly meaningless endeavor. Yesterday most people seemed pretty pleased with the Bucs' first day, although they doubted the value the Bucs got for Mark Barron. I'll give you my draft grade first, then ask you about yours.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Second Day Grade: A
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a target on this day, and they got him: linebacker Lavonte David out of Nebraska. David was a fan favorite among Bucs fans, and I personally think he will be an immediate three-down starter on the outside for the Buccaneers. David is an undersized linebacker, but he's fast and he knows how to play football and get to the ball.
To get David, the Bucs traded their third and fourth-round draft picks, getting a seventh-rounder in return, in addition to the second-round pick they needed to select Lavonte David. That's quite a bit to give up to move up some ten spots at the turn of the second round, but in this case it was worth it in my opinion. Not only because Lavonte David is an excellent football player, but also because this draft is lacking in quality depth compared to other draft years. Players who would normally go undrafted will go in the fifth or sixth round this year. The biggest evidence for that: the Jacksonville Jaguars thought the quality of players available to them in the third round was so bad, they took a punter. In the third round. Keeping that in mind, giving up a fourth-round pick in this draft isn't all that important.
But, let us know what you think of the Bucs' decision to trade up and grab Lavonte David, the only thing they did on the second day of the draft.