It’s finally here! Draft day! No more mock drafts, no more speculation, no more debating. The picks will roll in beginning tonight at 8:00 p.m. est and all the questions will be answered. We’re here to get you ready for exactly that.
2019 NFL Draft
Thursday (Round 1) - 8:00 p.m. EST
Friday (Rounds 2-3) - 7:00 p.m. EST
Saturday (Rounds 4-7) - 12:00 p.m. EST
*All rounds can be viewed on NFL Network, ABC, and ESPN*
Odd question, right? Considering it’s every team in the NFL. However, here is the draft order for round one;
3.) New York Jets
4.) Oakland Raiders
6.) New York Giants
8.) Detroit Lions
9.) Buffalo Bills
10.) Denver Broncos
11.) Cincinnati Bengals
12.) Green Bay Packers
13.) Miami Dolphins
14.) Atlanta Falcons
15.) Washington Redskins
16.) Carolina Panthers
17.) New York Giants (via Cleveland Browns)
18.) Minnesota Vikings
19.) Tennessee Titans
20.) Pittsburgh Steelers
21.) Seattle Seahawks
22.) Baltimore Ravens
23.) Houston Texans
24.) Oakland Raiders (via Chicago Bears)
25.) Philadelphia Eagles
26.) Indianapolis Colts
27.) Oakland Raiders (via Dallas Cowboys)
28.) Los Angeles Chargers
29.) Seattle Seahawks (via Kansas City Chiefs)
30.) Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans Saints)
31.) Los Angeles Rams
32.) New England Patriots
Remaining Buccaneers Picks
The Buccaneers also have the following selections;
Round 2 - 39th overall
Round 3 - 70th overall
Round 4 - 107th overall
Round 5 - 145th overall
Round 6 - 208th overall (via Philadelphia Eagles)
Round 7 - 215th overall
Players To Watch For
The Buccaneers - well, more specifically, Bruce Arians - said that there are six “generational” players they could take which would make it difficult to trade out of their spot at number five. In fact, he came out and said a team would have to back up a Brinks truck to get the pick. Let’s take a second to figure out who those six are (in no particular order);
Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama - Arguably the best player in the draft. Unlikely to fall to the Bucs, but a slam dunk pick if he does. Immediate replacement (and arguable upgrade) over Gerald McCoy
Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State - Another guy unlikely to fall to them, but an immediate impact guy that will make life a living hell for Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, and Drew Brees for the forseeable future.
Devin White, LB, LSU - An elite player at a position of desperate need for the Bucs. Can do everything from rush the quarterback, to drop in coverage, to stalk ball carriers sideline to sideline. Will make fans quickly forget about Kwon Alexander.
Ed Oliver, DT, Houston - Another elite level player that is, quite frankly, a freak of nature. For someone his size (6’2”, 290) he has incredible strength, speed, and mobility. Lining him up next to Vita Vea for the next eight to ten years would be a complete nightmare opposing offensive coordinators.
Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky - The reigning defensive player of the year, Allen emerged as a sack machine. The hesitation may lie in the fact that he had one elite year out of his four years with the team, three of which he was a starter. He had more sacks his Senior season than his other three combined. Could he be a dominant force? Absolutely. Could he be just a one year wonder? Well, it wouldn’t be the first time it happened...
Devin Bush, LB, Michigan - Bush and White are nearly identical in terms of athleticism and impact they would have on a team, especially this one. Todd Bowles needs a linebacker with the skills that White and Bush possess to effectively quarterback his defense. After they’re drafted, there are no linebackers left that will command the respect they do and be day one starters. Given the position scarcity, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit to know Bush - who you could argue is the most athletic player in the draft - is on Tampa Bay’s short list of elite prospects they want.
The draft is always a wild roller coaster ride. Dips, dives, loops, turns - it’s all there. Tonight will be no different. We may see crazy trades to secure sub-par quarterbacks from desperate franchises. We may see players no one expected to go on day one drafted in the top twenty. Plain and simple - with the draft, you just never know what can happen.
Enjoy it. Revel in it. Tonight is the night that begins new found hope for all 32 franchises that this player will be the catalyst, the anchor, of greatness to come.
As for Buccaneers fans, the draft has led to frustration and disappointment at times in recent memory. Hell, dating back to the Jon Gruden days it brought anger and resentment. All I can say is this; trust in this staff. It is not one man that pulls the trigger on these decisions - as much as many of you would like the blame for draft misses to go squarely on the shoulders of Jason Licht - but it is a collective of the scouting, evaluation, and belief by the group inside the war room.
Months and months of preparation have gone into this. These coaches have evaluated this roster and these prospects and together will decide who to hitch their wagon to. They know the kinds of players, the kinds of men they want in their building. Trust that the Buccaneers have the most competent coaching staff they’ve assembled in over a decade. That these guys calling the shots have a proven track record of success in this league when together and that success will continue in Tampa Bay.
The future begins now. The Bruce Arians era officially begins now. Embrace it. It’s gonna be one hell of a ride.