Due to Sunday’s 38-10 loss at Carolina, Tampa Bay finished the season 6-10 and will have the ninth overall draft pick in 2016. There were four teams that finished 6-10, including Miami, the New York Giants and Chicago in addition to Tampa Bay, but the strength of schedule determined that the Bucs would pick second among the 6-10 teams. Strength of schedule determined from NFLTradeRumors.co

2016 NFL Draft Order
1. Tennessee 3-13 – 0.492
2. Cleveland 3-13 – 0.531
3. San Diego 4-12 – 0.528
4. Dallas 4-12 – 0.533
5. Jacksonville 5-11 – 0.473
6. Baltimore 5-11 – 0.508
7. San Francisco 5-11 – 0.539
8. Miami 6-10 – 0.469
9. Tampa Bay 6-10 – 0.484
10. NY Giants 6-10 – 0.498
11. Chicago 6-10 – 0.548

Tampa Bay has now had a top-10 pick in four of the last five years. The Bucs had the first overall pick in 2015 (QB Jameis Winston), the seventh overall pick in 2014 (WR Mike Evans), the seventh and 31st overall picks in 2013 (SS Mark Barron and RB Doug Martin) and the third overall pick in 2010 (DT Gerald McCoy).

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th 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 spent six years 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: sr@pewterreport.com
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derekmitchellmay
derekmitchellmay
5 years ago

At least 4 out of 5 of those pics have turned into 4 pro bowl caliber players (well one rookie of the year QB who most likely will be a pro bowler sometime in the future).

Barron the lone bust.

Hope we make the most of it! I have faith we will, this group has drafted well.

LordJim
LordJim
Reply to  derekmitchellmay
5 years ago

Barron seems to have found a place at OLB; certainly made us look dumb. Still an awful choice to take over Kuechly.

georgehicks
georgehicks
Reply to  derekmitchellmay
5 years ago

I think the 9th pick should be a impack player. The 2nd rd Tampa picks at noE8.Those should be Impack.I can’t wait to see what Tampa will do with the first two picks in 2017-Go Bucs

Horse
Horse
5 years ago

Congratulations Lovie! You went from 1st to 9th in drafting order; we are only the 9th worst team in the NFL. I guess that earns you a third year?

artpac
artpac
5 years ago

has to be a draft full of DB’s and DE’s. Though I might take a WR in round 3 (Jackson may not return and he and Evans are always hurt. Plus apparently it isn’t illegal to have 3 good WR’s on the same team.) But defensively, how many decent players did we have this year? David, Alexander, McCoy and maybe Gholston??? Our whole secondary was terrible at various points (Verner seemed OK at nickelback). Unless that is scheme, which is possible, but which likely won’t change, we need to get better up front and in back.

scubog
scubog
5 years ago

So, we’ve gone from the absolute worst team in the league to the 23rd worst in a field of 32. Similar progress next season would put us all the way back to mediocre.

macabee
macabee
5 years ago

With the 2016 schedule, it’s entirely possible for us to have a better team and yet a worse record. We play 5 playoff teams and 6 games against playoff teams (Carolina twice). And if the Rams get a decent QB, they will not be duck soup. We’ve been at the bottom of our own division for 5 years in a row – those teams will get better too. We better improve and improve a lot, because there’s some heavy lifting in that schedule. At this point, I’m just cautiously optimistic!

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

macabee, I never try to predict how well a division will do in the preceding year. It’s like what a lot of people try to do out here when they try to degrade our team by saying we beat or lost to backup QBs like Kirk Cousins, Ryan Mallet and Matt Hassellback. Cousins went on to lead his team to a division championship, kassellback was 4-0 until he got beat half to death and Ryan Mallet beat the Steelers a couple of weeks ago. Who would have thought the NFL east, except for the Redskins, would be so bad this… Read more »

macabee
macabee
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

And wise man you are. It is much better to wait and see how much your team has improved in FA and the draft. And then, because of injuries, suspensions and other unforeseen factors, it’s a crapshoot. My point is that our schedule may be more difficult because many of our opponents were playoff teams. It’s how the NFL computes SOS. But you knew that, right?