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2016 NFL Draft Results: Winners and losers for the Buccaneers

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a pretty good draft. We rounded up draft grades yesterday, and talked about the team's draft class in various different ways. Today, let's take a quick look at how the draft picks affect the team: who wins and who loses.


Mike Smith

Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves and defensive end Noah Spence make a defensive coordinator a happy, happy man.

Vincent Jackson

The Bucs did not draft a receiver. That not only means Jackson will keep on starting this season, which was always likely to happen, but could very well mean the Bucs try to re-sign him next offseason.

Gerald McCoy

Finally gets some help on the edge in Noah Spence. And despite a lot of defensive tackle depth and some fans shouting for it, the Bucs did not try to draft is replacement. Rightly so.

Bradley McDougald and Chris Conte

The Bucs didn't address safety until the fourth round, and even then they drafted a developmental, small-school prospect. It's not entirely impossible Ryan Smith beats out either one of these starters -- few people expected Kwon Alexander to start last year -- but it's highly unlikely.


Connor Barth and Patrick Murray


Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks

Vernon Hargreaves may or may not start this season, but drafting him means the Bucs are not convinced either Banks or Verner can be a long-term starter.

Mike Glennon

He gets to spend another year on the bench. At least he'll be able to sign wherever he wants in free agency next year.

The Bucs' analytics department

When your team trades up into the second round (getting fleeced in pure trade terms as well), you know the general manager didn't listen to his analytics guys.