The complete order for the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft is now in place, with Baltimore’s win in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday providing the final piece of the puzzle. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ spot at #13 wasn’t affected by postseason results, but the finalized list did provide the team with one small piece of information.
Due to their advancement to the AFC Championship Game, coupled with their 12-4 regular-season record, the New England Patriots have drawn the 29th spot in the draft order. Because they are the only team with that combination of record and advancement in the postseason, the Patriots are in a segment of their own and will pick 29th in each of the seven rounds.
Or rather, that’s where all the Patriots’ picks are slotted. They won’t actually be executing the 29th pick in the fourth round, however, because the Buccaneers currently own that as their return in November’s trade of Aqib Talib.
Tampa Bay still has its own picks in each of the seven rounds. As for the Bucs’ draft order, they are in a five-team segment with four other clubs that finished 7-9 in 2012, all picking between 11th and 15th. After starting at #13 in the first round, the Bucs will rotate up to #12 in Round Two and #11 in Round Three before jumping back to #15 in Round Four.
Owning the 29th pick in the fourth round means the Bucs will have an additional pick somewhere in the 120-130 range overall. The exact spot won’t be determined until the NFL announces its compensatory picks in March, as those selections begin at the end of the third round. There are usually very few of these before Round Four, however, and sometimes none, so the current math that puts the 29th pick of the fourth round at #125 overall shouldn’t change much.