Bucs fans have been waiting since the season finale against the Carolina Panthers for draft day to get here.
And while the annual three-day showcase of the best college players being taken by their future employers will in fact kickoff Thursday night at 8 p.m. in Philadelphia, Bucs fans could be waiting until nearly midnight to know who the newest Buccaneer will be.
Or they may go to bed still wondering.
The 2017 NFL Draft is considered one of the deepest in years at a number of positions, and some believe once you get out of the Top 15 players, the difference between the 16th and the 100th isn’t a very big gap in talent.
If Bucs general manager Jason Licht is one of those who subscribe to that notion, then trading back could be in the Bucs plans.
Scott Reynolds talked about the trade down scenario a few weeks back in his Fab 5, and broke down the potential benefits and what moving down could help the Bucs gain.
Of course the NFL Draft is unpredictable each year, and Tampa Bay could find themselves with a player they had graded as a Top 10 pick fall into their laps. If that scenario were to happen then they most likely nab that player and worry about acquiring additional picks by wheeling and dealing in the second or even later rounds.
The one thing we know is to expect the unexpected one Roger Goodell steps to the podium tomorrow night.
And don’t plan on going to bed too early on Thursday.