The 1st Round Draft Order - including trades 1  CLE 2  NYG 3 NYJ 4 CLE 5  DEN 6 IND 7 TB 8 CHI 9 SF 10 OAK 11 MIA 12 BUF 13 WAS 14 GB 15 ARI 16 BAL 17 LAC 18 SEA 19 DAL 20 DET 21 CIN 22 BUF 23 NE 24 CAR 25 TEN 26 ATL 27 NO 28 PIT 29 JAC 30 MIN 31 NE 32 PHI The Buccaneers’ selections The top prospects 1st Round -  Pick 7 (7) QB Sam Darnold (USC) 2nd Round - Pick 6 (38) QB Josh Rosen (UCLA) 3rd Round - traded to NYG QB Josh Allen (WYO) 4th Round - Pick 2 (102) (inc trade) QB Baker Mayfield (OKL) 5th Round - Pick 7 (144) RB Saquon Barkley (PEN ST) 6th Round - Pick 6 (180) DE Bradley Chubb (NCS) 6th Round - Pick 28 (202) G Quenton Nelson (ND) 7th Round - Pick 37 (255) DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (ALA) CB Denzel Ward (OHIO ST) The forecast The top six players seem to be the top three QBs, Barkley, Chubb and Nelson.  The Bucs pick 7th.   Outside of going back and having Chris Godwin drop the game-winning score in the 2017 season finale (that would have the Bucs select 5th), it comes down to how the quarterbacks fall in the early picks.    The Browns and Jets are definites to pick passers, the Giants and Broncos strong possibilities.  The Bills and Cardinals want to move up to get one of the top four as well. My own view is for Chubb or Nelson being the ideal Buccaneer selection.  If they have both gone, then offer the 7th overall pick to one of the QB needy teams and move down in the first round.    Every mock draft right now is total guesswork based on which QB goes where in the opening six selections.
THE 2018 NFL DRAFT -  26th - 28th APRIL
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THE 2018 BUCCANEER SCHEDULE Same story every year - out comes the NFL schedule and doom and gloom is predicted based on who the Bucs are due to play and when.   Former NFL GM Mike Lombardi summed it up more accurately when he said “it really comes down to who is healthy when you play them”. One Monday Night game against the Steelers in Week 3,  no Thursday night games and only one potentially cold weather game in Baltimore in mid-December.  Three straight home games in the second half of the season and certainly a pretty tough first three games on paper.   Most of the games are currently slated for 1pm starts but these can be flexed depending on season performance.  The bye week comes in Week 5 this season. DATE OPPONENT DATE OPPONENT 9 Aug at Miami Dolphins 21 Oct v Cleveland Browns 18 Aug at Tennessee Titans 28 Oct at Cincinnati Bengals 24 Aug v Detroit Lions 4 Nov at Carolina Panthers 30 Aug v Jacksonville Jaguars 11 Nov v Washington Redskins 18 Nov at New York Giants 9 Sep at New Orleans Saints 25 Nov v San Francisco 49ers 16 Sep v Philadelphia Eagles 2 Dec v Carolina Panthers 24 Sep v Pittsburgh Steelers (MNF) 9 Dec v New Orleans Saints 30 Sep at Chicago Bears 16 Dec at Baltimore Ravens 7 Oct Bye week 23 Dec at Dallas Cowboys 14 Oct at Atlanta Falcons 30 Dec v Atlanta Falcons