The 2016 Buccaneer draft review
1
Vernon
Hargreaves
2
Noah
Spence
2
Roberto
Aguayo
4
Ryan
Smith
5
Caleb
Benenoch
6
Devonte
Bond
6
Dan
Vitale
RdSelectionPos
1Vernon HargreavesCB
2Noah SpenceDE
2Roberto AguayoK
4Ryan SmithCB
5Caleb BenenochT
6Devante BondLB
6Dan VitaleFB

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The Bucs picked from 9th, 8th, 11th and 10th through the draft. They traded their 3rd round pick and a 4th round pick to Kansas City for the additional 2nd round pick. They moved down two spots in the first round with Chicago. The additional 6th round pick came from Washington in the Dashon Goldson trade and saw them lose their 7th round pick in the process.


1 - CB - Vernon Hargreaves - Florida
Looked to have secured a starting role during the 2018 pre-season but was injured late in the season opener and was placed on IR ending his year early for the second straight season. Had an excellent rookie season starting every game beginning in a nickel role and then moving to an outside corner position.

2 - DE - Noah Spence - Eastern Kentucky
Was relegated to a back-up end and special teams role in 2018 and looks very much like a draft bust three years on from his selection. Was injured for much of 2017 having produced a decent rookie season in spite of playing with a shoulder injury much of the year and ranked third on the team in sacks. Was named the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Month for November.

2 - K - Roberto Aguayo - Florida State - Terrible pick
Will go down as a monumental draft bust having been released after the first pre-season game of 2017 when he missed two more kicks. Did not have the stellar season expected of him in his first NFL season and the Bucs wound up with the lowest successful fieldgoal percentage in the NFL albeit including a blocked kick in the season finale.

4 - CB - Ryan Smith - North Carolina Central
Started three of the first five games at corner and then three more in December but was primarily a back-up for most of the season although he did record his first NFL interception. Had become a starter during the second half of the 2017 season. Was inactive for the first two games of his rookie season and then played the remaining 14 on special teams primarily as one of the downfield gunners on punt coverage units.

5 - T - Caleb Benenoch - UCLA
Started every game at right guard in 2018 but began sharing playing time with Alex Cappa as the season progressed. Began 2017 as a back-up but moved into the starting right tackle role for the final five games when Demar Dotson was placed on IR. Had spent most of his rookie season as a gameday inactive but started at left guard in the win over Chicago.

6 - LB - Devante Bond - Oklahoma
Was released with an injury settlement after the 2018 pre-season but then re-signed to the roster in Week 6 and wound up starting four games at strongside linebacker due to injuries. Had seen a lot more action in 2017 and made two starts at weakside linebacker when Lavonte David was out injured. Had a somewhat wasted rookie campaign having been hampered by injury during the pre-season and after being designated inactive for the first two games of the season, was placed on IR.

6 - FB - Dan Vitale - Northwestern - Wasted pick
Did not make the team out of training camp.