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Tampa Bay Awarded Compensatory Pick

Posted Feb 23, 2018

The Buccaneers will get an extra draft pick near the end of the seventh round this year, their first compensatory selection in seven years

Prior to Friday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers owned seven picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, but no actual seventh-round selection. That changed with the NFL's announcement of this year's compensatory picks.

The Buccaneers have been awarded an additional seventh-round pick through the compensatory system, which is based on net losses in the previous year's unrestricted free agency period. This marks the first time since 2011 that Tampa Bay has been awarded a compensatory pick.

The new pick comes just one spot from the end of the entire draft, at number 255 overall. The Buccaneers also have their own picks in the first six rounds plus Pittsburgh's sixth-round selection – courtesy of last summer's J.J. Wilcox trade – and the announcement of the compensatory selections means they also know exactly where those picks fall.

Here is where the Buccaneers' eight picks are slotted in the 2018 draft:

Round

Pick in Round

Overall Pick

1

7

7

2

6

38

3

5

69

4

8

108

5

7

144

6

6

180

6*

28

202

7**

37

255


* via trade with Pittsburgh

** compensatory pick


The last time Tampa Bay owned a compensatory pick, in 2011, it was a seventh-rounder that was used on Idaho tight end Daniel Hardy, who did not make the team. Overall, in 23 years of compensatory picks being awarded, the Buccaneers have been given 19 of them. The most prominent player the Buccaneers have drafted using a compensatory pick is linebacker Alshermond Singleton, a 1997 fourth-round selection who started at strongside linebacker for the 2002 Super Bowl team.