It's already day three of the 2016 NFL draft. Time moves quickly when you're picking players. It's been a fascinating draft so far: quarterbacks have gone all over the place, but Connor Cook is still on the board. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded up into the second round to grab a kicker. Defensive linemen and defensive backs have dominated the draft so far, but a few wide receivers have slipped in as well.
On day three, traditionally, teams mostly draft for depth. One or two rookie starters will come out of this group -- last year, the Bucs found Kwon Alexander in the fourth round -- and a few will grab significant part-time roles, or jump in because of injuries. Mostly, though, these will be special teamers and backups with potential for some to grow into more than that. These draft picks are still crucial: they're the essential depth that teams have to use when injuries strike.
For the Buccaneers, that depth is going to be crucial. They could use some young talent at safety, defensive tackle, wide receiver, and offensive line. A tight end or fullback wouldn't surprise me in the later rounds, though those aren't exactly needs.
Of course, after the draft we'll have undrafted free agency. Teams will start calling potential free agents toward the end of round six, to see if they can get them to come to their rookie minicamp. We'll have all the coverage on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' draft moves and the undrafted free agents today. Stick with us!
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Buccaneers 2016 draft picks
Round 1: pick 9 (9th overall): Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Round 2: pick 8 (39th overall): Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
Round 3: pick 28 (59th overall): Robert Aguayo, K, Florida State
Round 4: pick 10 (108th overall)
Round 5: pick 9 (148th overall)
Round 6: pick 8 (183rd overall)
Round 6: pick 22 (197th overall, from Washington)