If you want to know who the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to pick ahead of time, you're not in luck. According to ESPN's Ed Werder, the team will not tell the player they're drafting that they're drafting him before they actually do so at just after 8:00 p.m. ET tomorrow night.
That's cute, given that everyone knows the Bucs are almost certainly taking Jameis Winston, but it gives people just a little bit of added uncertainty before the draft. It also fits their strategy of loudly and repeatedly proclaiming that they'd be willing to trade the pick to a team desperate enough to give up a treasure chest full of draft picks. That's probably not going to happen, but that won't stop the Buccaneers from milking the clock until the very last second. Because really, why wouldn't they? What's the downside here?
The Bucs are going to draft a player to be their face of the franchise for the next two decades, or so they hope. And that will happen at 8:00 p.m. ET on Thursday,
May April 30, 2015. And not a minute before.