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It is draft declaration season, everyone!
Even though the holiday weeks are coming to a close, the excitement of the 2017 season is just beginning. Between now and mid-January, football fans will frantically search Twitter and read their favorite team’s blogs to see which college underclassmen are returning and which are forgoing their eligibility to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.
So instead of letting you read anonymous sources and get each player’s decision one-by-one, PewterReport.com is giving you a one-stop-shop on the 2017 underclassmen that are putting their names into the draft pool. The Bucs have drafted several underclassmen over the years including Pro Bowl receiver Mike Evans, quarterback Jameis Winston, offensive tackle Donovan Smith, middle linebacker Kwon Alexander and others. One or more of these underclassmen could be wearing pewter and red come training camp.
The table below will be updated regularly until the January 16 deadline, so bookmark it and check back in!
The following players have declared for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
Okay, that’s 52 and probably make it another 25 underclassmen by the end of January. I have no clue what our needs might be until we sign our players who are free agents, restricted players, and other free agents, trades.
Not correcting you but offering help with the calendar. So many dates I can hardly keep up either. Jan. 16 is the deadline for underclassmen to declare their intentions to enter the 2017 NFL draft. The draft will be held in Philadelphia on April 27-29.
Chris Burke of si.com projected the Bucs to take John Ross of Washington with our no. 19 pick – he’s a very speedy WR, would complement big Mike Evans. Seems to make sense in filling a real need on our offense. That makes a lot more sense to me than taking a RB in the first, when there’s a ton of RB talent that we could pick from on Day 2 of the draft.
I agree we should take a WR at 19 but can you really pass up a Dalvin Cook or Fournette or even McCaffrey? With the issue we had at RB with Rogers as the best option we had this year, I think a decent WR can be picked up in the mid rounds.
Well the issue is, the Bucs know better than anybody that running backs are high risks for busting due to injury, even if they are great talents. We drafted two running backs in the first round in the last decade, and neither one was able to string two good seasons together. How many more times to we need to hit our heads against that brick wall … especially when every other NFL team that drafted a RB in the first round since 2010 has had exactly the same record of non-success … not a single RB taken in the first round since 2010 has been able to string two successful seasons together in a row.
Excellent insight Naples. So many RB’s in this draft. Get a couple in later rounds.
Or day 3.
WR can easily be addressed in FA and later rounds. I hear this is a weak Oline draft at the top end but regardless I hope our first 2 picks are on the front lines either side of the ball or a Player for the secondary if he is BPA. You look at the impacts of a Doctson or Treadwell this year and that is not what the Bucs need heading into next season. Every pick has risk but adding depth to the lines should be top priority IMO.
I hope we can draft C. Davis wr from W Michigan in first round 2nd rd. DL 3rd RB or Safety.
A better Oline and WR will help running game.
The last time we drafted a DL in first rd was McCoy and he is getting older.
It’s that time of year for speculating or wishing if you prefer on the draft. I’ve seen picks all over the place. Of course my favorite is a O Line man. Some interesting names out there.
Malik Hooker #1? maybe, good name for safety, Hooker
Ryan Ramcyzk #2. I wish, love me some Polish players
Taco Charleton #3. Just wishing, like those guys with food in their names
Jake Butts #4. never happen, just sayin’, Gene D yelling “Butts scores” priceless.
After 4 rounds I never get right so this I’m year not trying.
That sure is a long list of players opting to forego the rest of their college eligibility with likely more to join them this weekend. Some will be able to start earning money for their families, but sadly others, who may not be as NFL worthy as they think, should have stayed in school. Years ago players who wanted to turn pro early had to venture north to Canada. My alma mater. University of Tampa, lost its’ star running back, and two star offensive lineman. Eventually they ended up in the NFL, but I think each would have benefited by waiting.
I think over all drafting a receiver at 19 would be much better value then a running back. Having to pay Evans, it would be nice having a talented #2 on a five year rookie deal. Getting a back in round 2 makes sense, a four year deal which is the life span of a back. The only back I’d take at 19 if he fell is Cook. He’s a rare talent, him teaming up with Winston again could be special.
As for what receiver I’d take, right now leaning Cory Davis. Mike & Mike would be nice, but I think Davis would compliment our Mike better.
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