The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made one of the best and one of the worst picks in the entire 2016 NFL draft, and they did so in the same round -- at least if most analysts can be believed. Pro Football focus looked at the best and the worst pick for each team, and unsurprisingly came to the conclusion that nearly every other independent analyst reached: Noah Spence awesome, trading up in the second round for a kicker, not so much.
Best: Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky (Rd. 2, No. 39)
There are obvious off-field reasons why Spence would get pushed down draft boards, but he lit up the competition at the Senior Bowl and offers significant pass-rushing potential. He was a great value in the second round and filled a need on the edge for Tampa Bay.
Worst: Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State (Rd. 2, No. 59)
Not much to say here. The Bucs drafted a kicker in the second round. A kicker who was just 50 percent from 40-plus yards a year ago. And they traded up to do it.
We've talked Roberto Aguayo to death, but I'm still giddy about Noah Spence. He genuinely is a top ten talent in terms of pure pass-rushing ability, and to get him at the top of the second round is a coup -- assuming they're right about his ecstacy problems being entirely behind him.
And let's be realistic: if, in a couple of years, Spence is blowing up left tackles and Aguayo has turned into a top-notch kicker, everyone will view this draft positively, even if the Bucs traded up for Aguayo. After all, few people ridicule the New England Patriots' decision to draft Stephen Gostkowski in the fourth round.
Wins fix all the criticism. Time for the Bucs to start winning some more games.