By virtue of beating the defending world champion Kansas City Chiefs, 31-9, and winning Super Bowl LV, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have the 32nd overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

This represents the latest the Bucs have ever drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. In fact, the last time the Bucs drafted after the first 20 picks was in 2006 when Tampa Bay used the 23rd overall pick to select guard Davin Joseph. The Bucs finished the 2005 season with an 11-5 record and lost its wild card playoff game to Washington. When Tampa Bay won its first and only Super Bowl in 2002, the team surrendered its first and second-round picks in the 2003 NFL Draft in the trade for head coach Jon Gruden the offseason prior.

The Buccaneers’ exact needs won’t be known until free agency next month, but given the fact that pending free agent Ndamukong Suh, who had 1.5 sacks in Super Bowl LV, is 33 years old, defensive tackle could be a priority, in addition to EDGE rushers, such as Jason Pierre-Paul, who just turned 32 and has one year left on his contract, while Shaquil Barrett, who had a sack and numerous pressures against Patrick Mahomes, is 28 and is slated for free agency.

Running back could also be an area of focus in the draft as the team could opt to not re-sign either Leonard Fournette or LeSean McCoy, leaving just Ronald Jones II, who will be entering the final year of his rookie contract, and Ke’Shawn Vaughn, last year’s third-round pick, as the only backs on the Bucs’ roster.

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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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PissedOffBuc1988
5 months ago

The best spot to pick in the draft. Licht will utilize this pick and we will get the steal of the draft.

ScottC543
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
5 months ago

I expect nothing but a quality impact player about which the rest of the league will end up saying “I can’t believe we didn’t pick THAT guy” after next year’s season.

Last edited 5 months ago by ScottC543
bucballer
5 months ago

I think Fournette should be resigned. He earned it. Of course, it needs to be a cap friendly number. But, Fournette balled out in the playoffs for the Bucs!

Alldaway 2.0
5 months ago

Keep building the trenches. Bucs dominated the trenches offense and defense. Look at what Wirfs, Vea and Suh have done in a short period of time. Bucs team has transformed for the better.

irisht53
5 months ago

Not to be “that guy” but the Bucs had a 2nd round pick in 2003, the deal for Gruden included 1st and 2nd round picks in 2002, 1st round in 2003, and 2nd round in 2004. I remember thinking that’s a LOT a draft picks for a coach, but it sure paid off. Similar to $50 mil over 2 years for a 43 year old QB!!! GO BUCS!!!

ScottC543
Reply to  irisht53
5 months ago

The $50M for two years thing was a bargain for the ages.

bucballer
Reply to  ScottC543
5 months ago

Yep! And truly rolling the dice right? How could u invest 50 mil in a 43 year old QB and expect good things to happen? Just amazing what a year makes in how we feel about our Bucs. Last season ended in a pic six and discussions on what will we do at QB should the Bucs decide to move on from Jameis. Change and uncertainty is difficult for many. After all, Jameis did throw for over 5000 yards! It was the 30 INTs that were disturbing though. Rumors of Brady potentially signing with the Bucs began to surface. Get… Read more »

Kimba
5 months ago

Bucs need to keep building the trenches, defensive end and defensive tackle. Pleased with Stinnie and Cappa but we will need a swing O-line guy to do it all. Resign Playoff Lennie.

gcolerick
Reply to  Kimba
5 months ago

Picking up Stinnie was like getting an extra high round draft pick next year. The guy played lights out in replacement of Cappa. Offensive line didn’t miss a beat with him in there.

twspin
5 months ago

Yes Brady was Great BUTT..the real reason we won last night was our Defense.Mahomes was scampering like a rat and we did not allow him to find a hole. The pressure was relentless. Keep building the Defense. DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!

bucballer
Reply to  twspin
5 months ago

Defense and just maybe having the greatest QB of all time doesn’t hurt. Brady gave this team the confidence to believe that a world championship is even a possible! He changed the entire culture of the organization. From management to his teammates. He made them believe that hard work and discipline to their craft would take them to unbelievable heights! Buc fans witnessed nothing short of a miracle and dream season!

Bradenton BucFan
5 months ago

Bpa in the trenches

Ted in Tampa
5 months ago

The Bucs lead by a tremendous defense and by Tompa Bay are true champions! Now we just can’t let the enthusiasm of winning the Super Bowl distract us with drafting a new offense left tackle! Read the previous Pewter Reports and watch previous games and you’ll see #76 Donovan Smith quit 2 seconds after the ball is snapped on every play. There are a handful of sharp and enthusiastic offense left tackles coming into the 2021 Draft and if Jason Light does his homework like he did to select Tristan Wirfs, the Bucs can get a talented offense left tackle,… Read more »

Ted in Tampa
5 months ago

The reason for Wirfs success is that he not only was a large football player, but he was a Super Heavyweight wrestling champ from Iowa. The best wrestlers in the U.S. come from Iowa and Iowa State. As a champion wrestler he had quick feet and strong, quick hands that didn’t allow defense linemen to grab him. Maybe Licht can find a left offense tackle to replace the underwhelming #76 Donovan Smith. Six years of fumbling around at left tackle. We shouldn’t have to put up with mediocrity. Smith still leads the team in Sacks Allowed and in penalties (holding… Read more »