The 2020 NFL Draft is upon us, so Daily Bucs Trivia is probably not the first thing on your mind. However, if you're reading this sentence than it is the current thing on your mind.
Yes, it's the first day of the draft, but it's also a workday in the month of April, which means I'm doling out another Bucs trivia quiz. Each day, the question goes up at 10:00 a.m. ET, and then at 4:00 p.m. ET, I return to add the answer, and share it on Twitter. Today's question is, obviously, about the draft. Surely you saw that coming.
General Manager Jason Licht will be leading the Bucs' draft efforts from inside his home, though he'll obviously be plugged in with Head Coach Bruce Arians and all of their lieutenants. Last week, Licht told us that by the time the draft had arrived he would be prepared with all the necessary trade scenarios, with a concrete idea of what the Bucs would need to give up and be willing to give up to move up to any spot.
Will a trade actually happen? Tune in later tonight! But what we do know is that trades happen a lot on draft weekend, and Licht certainly hasn't been shy about calling his counterparts around the league. During the course of the six years that he has been conducting the Bucs' drafts, Licht has swung a total of 11 deals while the draft was going on. Before Licht's arrival, previous show-runners had made another 19 trades while the draft was in progress over the past 20 years, dating back to 2000.
That's a lot of trades. What I was wondering was, do the Buccaneers have any favorite draft partners? Are there any teams that for some reason or another have been more amenable to a call from Tampa than others. So I recorded all 30 of those trades and added up the numbers, leading to…
Bucs Daily Trivia Question, April 23:
The Buccaneers have made 30 trades involving draft picks while the draft was in progress over the past 20 years. Those deals have been made with 17 different team partners, but some of have been involved more than others. There are four teams with which the Bucs have made three draft-in-progress trades over the past 20 years. How many of them can you name?
If it wasn't clear, I am only including trades that happened during the draft, not ones that were completed before it started. So, for instance, the famous trade with the Raiders in 2002 to get Head Coach Jon Gruden doesn't count. Nor does the one Licht just completed for Rob Gronkowski. And so on.
It will probably be difficult to nail all four answers but if you can recall some of the bigger deals of the last 20 years you might be able to hone in on some of them. Come back at 4:00 p.m. ET for the answers!
Answer: That Jon Gruden deal may not have counted, but the Raiders are still part of today's answer!
Over the past 20 years, the Buccaneers have made three draft-in-progress trades with the following four teams: Bills, Patriots, Raiders and Vikings. Here are the details:
1. In 2018 the Buccaneers traded down from #7 to #12, throwing in a seventh (#255) but getting back two seconds (#53, #56). Buffalo drafted QB Josh Allen. The Bucs used the 12th pick on DT Vita Vea and the 53rd pick on CB M.J. Stewart but then traded the 56th pick, which you'll find out more about below.
2. In 2014, the Buccaneers gave the Bills a seventh-round pick (#221) and a 2015 fifth-round pick to get a fifth-round pick (#149) and use it on OL Kevin Pamphile.
3. In 2001, the Buccaneers sent the 21st-overall pick and a second-rounder (#51) to Buffalo to get the 14th-overall pick. Tampa Bay used #14 on T Kenyatta Walker.
1. In 2018, after acquiring the 56th pick in the aforementioned trade with Buffalo, the Buccaneers gave that pick up to New England for #63 and a fourth-rounder (#117). Tampa Bay used those picks on CB Carlton Davis and S Jordan Whitehead, respectively.
2. In 2013, while the draft was in progress, the Buccaneers sent RB LeGarrette Blount to New England for RB Jeff Demps and the 229th-overall pick. Before the draft was over they would trade that newly-acquired pick again, as you'll see below.
3. In 2008, the Bucs sent the 153rd pick to New England for #160 and #238. They used those two picks on QB Josh Johnson and RB Cory Boyd.
1. In 2015, the Bucs sent the first pick of the seventh round (#218) to the Raiders in order to move up from #124 to #128 and select LB Kwon Alexander.
2. In 2013, the Buccaneers sent a sixth-round pick (#181) to Oakland in order to move up from #112 to #100 and select DT Akeem Spence.
3. In 2010, Tampa Bay packaged a fifth-round pick (#153) with their 42nd-overall choice in the second-round to move up three spots and draft WR Arrelious Benn at #39.
1. In 2018, the Buccaneers used a sixth-round choice (#180) to move up eight spots from #102 to #94 in order to draft G Alex Cappa.
2. In 2013, Tampa Bay added a seventh-rounder (#229) to their 196th pick in the sixth round in order to move up to #189 and select RB Mike James.
3. In 2007, the Bucs accepted an extra sixth-rounder (#182) from Minnesota, moving down from #102 to #106 before taking S Tanard Jackson.