Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Updated Draft Order: Bucs Still Hold 8 Picks

Tampa Bay is still armed with eight picks in the 2015 NFL Draft, but the George Johnson trade did shake up the order of its five Day Three selections.

A look at first overall picks throughout the years.

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Three weeks ago, the NFL finally completed the full, seven-round order for its 2015 Draft with the awarding of 32 compensatory picks. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't get any of those picks, but they did get some information out of it. With the draft order set, the Bucs knew exactly where each of their eight picks were slotted.

Ah, but things have changed since. Tampa Bay and Detroit swung a trade on Wednesday to avoid an arbitration process surrounding restricted free agent defensive end George Johnson and the offer he signed with the Buccaneers. The cost to bring Johnson back to Tampa was a swap of Day Three draft picks; the Lions got a late fifth-rounder and the Bucs got a mid-seventh-rounder.

As such, Tampa Bay still heads into the draft with a total of eight picks, including five on Day Three, when the fourth through seventh rounds are conducted. Below is the updated list of the Buccaneers' 2015 draft picks, as of April 16, exactly two weeks before the first round begins.

Round

Pick in Round

Overall Pick

1

1

1

2

2

34

3

1

65

4

10*

109

5

26^

162

6

8*

184

7

1

218

7

14~

231

* from St. Louis

^ from Baltimore

~ from Detroit

Obviously, that list of picks could change again over the final two weeks before the first round kicks off on April 30 or – more likely – while the draft is taking place. Last year, during the first draft conducted by Lovie Smith and Jason Licht, the Buccaneers went into Day Three with one pick each in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds but eventually traded that seventh-rounder plus a 2015 fifth-rounder to pick up an additional 2014 fifth-rounder.

The 2015 NFL Draft begins at 8:00 p.m.  on April 30, with the Buccaneers on the clock. Baring a trade, Tampa Bay will make the first overall selection for the first time since 1987.

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