With the Bucs draft officially over, all the “experts” want to weigh in and grade how teams did. All this before any of these players ever step foot on a football field. It happens every year and will continue. But the general rule of thumb is you grade a draft three years later to get a real sense. With that being said, Rene Bugner put together a consensus board of some of the top draft grades.

The Bucs finished right in the middle of the pack with a B-minus grade and a 2.86 GPA. The highest grade they received was an A from NFL.com’s Chad Reuter.

Barstool Sports’ Steven Cheah, an admitted Tampa Bay fan, gave the team an A-minus. While another Tampa native, Draft Wire’s Luke Easterling, gave the Bucs a B-plus.

Tampa Bay’s lowest grade was a C-minus, and that came from two writers – USA Today’s Nate Davis, and notoriously tough grader NBS Sports Edge’s Thor Nystrom. The average grade for the Bucs was a B, with eight of 18 writers handing one out.

Bucs Draft Class Recap

Bucs head coach Todd Bowles and GM Jason Licht

Bucs head coach Todd Bowles and GM Jason Licht – Photo courtesy of the Buccaneers

The Bucs wrapped up their draft class with eight total selections. After trading out of the first round, Tampa Bay selected Houston defensive lineman Logan Hall to kick off the second round. With picks at his disposal from the trade back, general manager Jason Licht moved up the board in the second round, trading up for Central Michigan offensive lineman Luke Goedeke. Staying put in the third round, Arizona State running back Rachaad White was the selection.

With the early fourth-round pick acquired in the trade back involving Hall, Tampa Bay drafted Washington tight end Cade Otton. Then came the controversial pick that probably dropped the Bucs’ grade a bit. Tampa Bay spent a fourth-round pick on punter Jake Camarda. In this point in the draft the Bucs some might have thought they reached on every pick on Day 2, but Otton was the consensus best player available to start Day 3. Then Tampa Bay made a splash by trading a 2023 fourth-round pick for a seventh-round pick and the fifth-rounder they used to select Sam Houston State cornerback Zyon McCollum. Many believed McCollum would’ve been picked in the third round.

Tampa Bay rounded out the draft by trading up once again for Minnesota blocking tight end Ko Kieft in the sixth round. Using their final selection, the Bucs selected LSU outside linebacker Andre Anthony in the seventh round.

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fredster
fredster
1 month ago

Rating drafts is kind of silly since it may take couple years to know for sure but B-/C+ feels about right to me. Not very thrilled at all at the moment as far as anyone helping the “win now” mode we are in except Hall. If Goedke wins guard I’ll be shocked and that would give us more depth I guess. I don’t know how their boards were rated but, We had much bigger needs than guard for sure.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  fredster
1 month ago

And just what rookie is going to vault their team from the outhouse to the penthouse his first season? The year we got Sapp and Brooks the team finished 7 dash 9 and the coach was fired. It wasn’t until the end of their second year and their third year that things began to change.

Lawdy
Lawdy
1 month ago

well we finished 17th overall and the saints finished 25th, so thats good. patriots finished dead last overall and the rams were just one ahead of them at 31.

pinkstob
pinkstob
1 month ago

Unlike most years I don’t have a good feel for our draft class. The only players I was familiar with when we drafted them were DE Hall and RB White. Normally that doesn’t happen for me until the 4th or 5th round. Also, I haven’t watched any of the players we drafted actually play in a game and I hate to evaluate someone off of highlights. I only knew of Hall and White based on scouting reports leading up to the draft. Either way, I hope they all turn into Pro Bowlers. Go Bucs!

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scubog
scubog
Reply to  pinkstob
1 month ago

Gee Pink, I was hoping you had some keener insight. See you at Training Camp.

Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0
1 month ago

It was a solid draft but with the future in mind. I know people want to say they will make an impact day 1 but these players were drafted to be ready to roll for 2023. By 2023 the 2021 and 2022 draft classes with the 2020 draft class will form the backbone of the team.

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SenileSenior
SenileSenior
1 month ago

My grades: Maneuvering – A  (For successfully trading down and getting more picks.) My Preferences – B (I don’t even try to project or mock beyond the first three picks we have beforehand.)  My Priorities – B  (Do think I can assess needs and possible value to our team as well as the next guy.) Character – A (Having lived a long time gives me some confidence.) Talent Level – ? (Don’t consider myself qualified to assess. I do make an effort to do research, anyway.) My overall grade is A- or B+ (Same assessment in my mind.) P.S. I don’t see the difference between saying A- and B+. If you want… Read more »

Dude
Dude
Reply to  SenileSenior
1 month ago

I like your point on A- and B+ on the grading scale. To me, they’re like A# and Bb in the Major/minor scale of music, it’s the same note called an ‘enharmonic.’ With that said, on paper, I give the Bucs a ‘B’ with this draft. They drafted some possible starters out from the 1st round, which is always good. And, they filled some depth at positions of need, with the possibility of replacing a more expensive veteran, while creating some cap room. There’s a lot of potential here.

SenileSenior
SenileSenior
1 month ago

The only guy I got right in my “at home” mock was DT Logan Hall. I had some familiarity with Goedeke, White and Otton. Did not have a clue about the rest of the picks beforehand. I’m guessing Camarda will be our punter this year. I think Hall and Goedeke will be starters next year. White, McCollum and Kieft will be significant contributors.
The closer I look at our overall draft, the more I like the results. I give our draft an A-. I see no reason to think that any of our picks will not be on our roster this season.  

twspin
twspin
1 month ago

Thats about right. C+ or B-. The very best players went 1 thru about 20.I don’t think we paid enough attention to our Defense. But it is what it is. Can’t wait for the season to start.

drdneast
drdneast
1 month ago

Actually, despite some of my snarky comments, when all was said and done, I was okay with our draft. The only thing I though we should have done was to move up and draft that Colorado TE and Georgia’s LB who all of a sudden started having health issues. If not true, Philly got a steal. The fact that Licht used a second round pick on an OG tells me how much faith he has in the current guards on the roster playing up to Marpet’s level. I did like Licht trading for the CB McCollum but with such a… Read more »

scubog
scubog
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

Who is this really? LOL! Grading the Draft is about the most ridiculous endeavor that happens every year. The only thing more ridiculous is the people who actually take them seriously. Usually to support their own narrative. I used to keep all of the annual Draft guides and the follow-up reports. One need only to do a little back-checking to learn how incredibly inaccurate those “experts” assessments turned out to be. I’ll still never forget the ‘C’ grade on the Bucs 1995 Draft that yielded Sapp and Brooks. How someone can grade a Draft, and even worse, have such an… Read more »

76bucsfan46
76bucsfan46
1 month ago

Just want to throw this out their. In back to back drafts we have used a 2nd & 3rd on college right tackles, do u think this could be a prelude to Wirfs making the transition to left tackle when Smith’s new deal expires after next year. Just a thought.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
1 month ago

Jason Licht put on a master class in drafting great value with this draft. No “splash” picks that media types would rave about, but hey when you have only the 27th pick and you don’t need a quarterback or a new left or right tackle, you’re not going to make any splashy picks. When you’ve already got a winner of a team and you’re not losing any major talent in free agency or retirement (though we dodged a bullet this year!), you don’t NEED splash picks. You just need good solid picks that are BPA and provide immediate value, even… Read more »