We have known since the end of the 2012 season that the Buccaneers would pick 13th in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft (barring any trades, of course). Now we can tell you exactly where each of Tampa Bay’s first three picks will fall.
The Buccaneers’ pick in the second round will be #43 overall. Their pick in the third round will be #73. Beyond that, things are still a little up in the air due to the compensatory selections that will be added at the end of each round from the third stanza on.
At first glance, those second and third-round slots seem to be a bit off, mathematically. The Bucs are in a draft-spot rotation with five teams that finished 7-9 in 2012, starting right in the middle of that group (#13 in the first round) and rotating up to #11 before dropping back down to #15. That means the Bucs will move up to the 12th spot in the second round. Given that there are 32 picks in the first round, that would seem to slot Tampa Bay at #44.
Ah, not so fast. We forget that the Cleveland Browns used a second-round pick in the 2012 supplemental draft to take WR Josh Gordon. By doing so, they forfeited their pick in the same round in the next draft, which is now coming up in April. So, even though the Bucs are the 12th team in the draft order in Round Two, only 10 teams will pick in front of them.
In addition, the Saints have forfeited their 2013 second-round pick (#14 in the round) due to the bounty scandal. That means there are a total of 62 picks in the first two rounds, not 64. So when the Bucs pick 11th in Round Three, that will be #73 overall.
The compensatory picks will be added to the formula at some point in March. The Bucs are not expected to get any this year, given that they made very significant additions in free agency in 2012. Compensatory picks are based on net losses in the previous free agency period.