CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 07: Jalen Ramsey #8 of the Florida State Seminoles misses a tackle against Wayne Gallman #9 of the Clemson Tigers during their game at Memorial Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the ninth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, and own a top 10 pick for the fourth time in the last five years. Bucs general manager Jason Licht, director of player personnel Jon Robinson, director of college scouting Mike Biehl and the team’s scouts have been researching NFL draft prospects for months, including some of the top underclassmen that were expected to forego their remaining college eligibility to enter the draft.
Licht and head coach Lovie Smith have drafted several underclassmen in their two years in Tampa Bay, including first-round picks quarterback Jameis Winston (2015) and wide receiver Mike Evans (2014), as well as tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (2014) and offensive tackle Donovan Smith (2015) in the second round, and middle linebacker Kwon Alexander (2015) in the fourth round.
The Bucs are expected to target pass-rushing defensive ends, cornerbacks and safeties early, and will also be looking for a speed receiver to complement Mike Evans as well as a return specialist.
The 2016 NFL Draft is scheduled to take place from April 28-30 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bucs have selections in the first, second, third, fourth and fifth rounds, and Tampa Bay has two picks in the sixth round this year. The Bucs own their own sixth-round pick and Washington’s after sending safety Dashon Goldson and this year’s seventh-rounder to the Redskins last year.
Players have until January 18, 2016 to declare for the draft. Here is a list of underclassmen that have declared for the 2016 NFL Draft.
Jared Goff – California
Christian Hackenberg – Penn State
Cardale Jones – Ohio State
Paxton Lynch – Memphis
Alex Collins – Arkansas
Ezekiel Elliot – Ohio State
Jordan Howard – Indiana
Paul Perkins – UCLA
C.J. Prosise – Notre Dame
Kelvin Taylor – Florida
Dwayne Washington – Washington
Glenn Gronkowski – Kansas State
Notre Dame WR Will Fuller – Photo by: Getty Images
Bralon Addison – Oregon
Demarcus Ayers – Houston
Tyler Boyd – Pittsburgh
Daniel Braverman – Western Michigan
Corey Coleman – Baylor
Pharoh Cooper – South Carolina
Will Fuller – Notre Dame
Kenny Lawler – California
Cayleb Jones – Arizona
Jalin Marshall – Ohio State
DeMarcus Robinson – Florida
Laquon Treadwell – Ole Miss
Michael Thomas – Ohio State
De’Runnya Wilson – Ole Miss
Hunter Henry – Arkansas
Austin Hooper – Stanford
David Grinnage – North Carolina State *New addition
Denver Kirkland – Arkansas
Alex Redmond – UCLA
Isaac Seumalo – Oregon State *New addition
Caleb Benenoch – UCLA
Shon Coleman – Auburn * New addition
Jack Conklin – Michigan State * New addition
Jerald Hawkins – LSU *New addition
Germain Ifedi – Texas A&M
Ronnie Staley – Notre Dame
Laremy Tunsil – Ole Miss
Joey Bosa – Ohio State
Shaq Lawson – Clemson
Alex McCalister – Florida
Yannick Ngakoue – Maryland
Emmanuel Ogbah – Oklahoma State
Noah Spence – Eastern Kentucky
Ron Thompson – Syracuse
Kenny Clark – UCLA
Maliek Collins – Nebraska
Quinton Jefferson – Maryland
Austin Johnson – Penn State
Chris Jones – Mississippi State
Darius Latham – Indiana
Robert Nkemdiche – Ole Miss
Hassan Ridgeway – Texas
Dominique Alexander – Oklahoma
Travis Blanks – Clemson
Kamalei Correa – Boise State
Su’a Cravens – USC
Leonard Floyd – Georgia
Myles Jack – UCLA
Darron Lee – Ohio State
Steve Longa – Rutgers
Stephen Weatherly – Vanderbilt
Scooby Wright – Arizona
VA Tech CB Kyle Fuller – Photo by: Getty Images
Eli Apple – Ohio State
Artie Burns – Miami
Kendall Fuller – Virginia Tech
Vernon Hargreaves III – Florida
Xavien Howard – Baylor
Jalen Ramsey – Florida State
KeiVarae Russell – Notre Dame
Zach Sanchez – Oklahoma
Cleveland Wallace III – San Jose State
Daryl Worley – West Virginia
Vonn Bell – Ohio State
Keanu Neal – Florida
Tyvis Powell – Ohio State
Robert Aguayo – Florida State
This list was updated at 7:25 p.m. on January 6, 2016.
Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks Scott – how does that # of underclassmen compare to recent years?
Whatever we do, I really hope we don’t let some of the opportunities in FA pass us by and try to fix the abundance of holes we have entirely through the draft….that didn’t go so well as a 2015 plan…I understand the 2014 plan was quite the bust too, but maybe there is a compromise somewhere that has us pick up an Eric Weddle, or Eric Berry plus an Olineman of substance (or really any two players of substance) before we enter the draft…
Hard to say how they equate right now. But the Bucs will be active in FA. They know they can’t do it all in the draft. Getting four solid starters like last year isn’t the norm.
Thanks Mark – my fingers are crossed…I can honestly feel a tipping point coming if we give FA the old college try…
Well Fans and sports reporter. If Tampa keeps lovie smith and the OC leaves. Then get another OC with a good track record on board ASAP, Plus Fired the DC in Frazier. There are some good coaches who can teach and Coach. How about bringing on board the DC from Jags. Look at now Tampa picks. They will pick between 8 &11 slots. Plus and extra pick in Rd-6 from another team. That is great. My 1st pick at #9 should be one of the following:CB/S Jalen Ramsey if still there! IF not Ramsley then one of the followingDL Deforest Buckner from Oregon;DL Robert Nkemdich(another warren Sapp),CB-Vernon Hardgreaves 111,DE-Emmanuel Ogbah-,LB/DL Reggie Ragland,OT Taylor Decker ,OT Jack Conklin. In Rd-2 Tampa could Trade down for more draft picks.In Rd-3 Tampa Trade b/u QB Glenn plus their pick and the other team 3rd rd and another draft choice. Plus later in Rd pick up another qb that would b/u Jameis Winston-Can’t wait for 2016 draft and the new players that will come on board.
I totally agree with PR on continuity for JW. If Koetter gets a HC offer the Bucs MUST fire Lovie and give Koetter the job. JW IS the franchise now and his development is more important than ANY other factor. You guys that are selling change is ok are just plain wrong when it comes to young QB. Don’t take my word for it, listen to Pat Kirwan, Bill Polian and other NFL experts.
And of course there are those who would have you think they are JW supporters and are so concerned about his continuity, when all one has to do is stroll over to JBF and read their disparaging comments about Winston.
Now unlike my friend Buc1987 over at JBF, I don’t archive poster’s comments so they can be played back and hoist one on his own petard. However, I’m not beyond taking requests should that become necessary. lol.
Just saw that lovie smith was fired!! Here we go gentlemen. Start your head coach search. In licth we trust
I’ll go on a limb here and predict that Mark Cook , Scott Reynolds and my buddy CG Master will want Jalen Ramsey just a hunch, ha “Go Noles”
Jon you know me too well my friend.haha I would definitely go with jalen in a heartbeat. He brigs not only te skills and freakish athleticism, but that swag we need on defense. However he will never drop to us.
I’m really liking Alexander from Clemson or the ok state de. We shal see now. Everything is in play with Lovie gone.
Let’s aim for a true offensive genius…A humbled Josh McDaniel or a humbled Chip Kelly sounds good to me.
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