Everything has moved online and the 2020 NFL Draft is no exception. With the selection process itself going completely virtual, so are the celebrations. Tampa Bay will host the Buccaneers Virtual Draft Party presented by Miller Lite in Thursday night beginning at 7 p.m. ET via the team's Official Fans Group on Facebook.
In order to participate, fans must be members of the Buccaneers Facebook Fans Group – if you aren't already a member, you can join here. Hosted by team reporter Casey Phillips and senior writer Scott Smith, fans will have the opportunity to interact during the livestreamed primetime event. The live portion will take place before the draft kicks off and will also feature celebrity and player guests dropping in.
Confirmed participants include Backstreet Boy and Bucs Super Fan Nick Carter along with the trio of 2019's first three draft picks, inside linebacker Devin White, cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting and cornerback Jamel Dean.
By attending the virtual draft party, you'll get access to exclusive features and content you can't get anywhere else. There will be fan interaction, giveaways and a rolling comments section to join in on the conversation with your fellow Bucs fans. The conversation will continue through the first round of the NFL Draft on the group page after the livestream ends.
The Buccaneers hold the 14th pick in this year's draft. If we're going off what draft pundits around the country are saying, it's likely Tampa Bay will be looking to beef up their offensive line in the first round should any of the 'Big Four' offensive tackles be available. The latest mock draft roundup has draftniks honing in on Georgia's Andrew Thomas, specifically. What ends up actually happening is anyone's guess but you'll get all the best reaction in the Fans Group come Thursday night.
Last year, the team hosted a draft party at Raymond James Stadium as thousands of Bucs fans came out to witness Tampa Bay's selection of Devin White with the fifth overall pick. White had a slow start due to injury in his first season but finished 2019 with back-to-back NFC Rookie of the Month honors. White ended the year with 91 combined tackles, four fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles along with one interception across 13 games started.
For more information about the Bucs' virtual draft party, visit the Official Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fans Group.