The Tampa Bay Buccaneers get a solid A- grade from your benevolent dictator. Well done to the Bucs front office on this strategy. In reality, there is very little difference in the quality of players left and No. 70 as there are at Nos. 94 and 99. As I often preach here on my island, the NFL draft is largely educated guesswork. Talent evaluators who are “educated” should want two third round picks instead of one. Same goes for those who are just following “guesswork” – two lottery tickets are better than one.
I’ve been vocal about how NFL teams should salivate over third round picks. Turning third round picks into productive players represents one of the best values the league has to offer. Solid players should still be available in the 70-100 range and their cap hits are ridiculously low at less than $1 million per season during their first four years in the league. Bravo to the Bucs for getting two bites of the apple instead of one. Only time will tell if having both Jamel Dean (No. 94) and Mike Edwards (No. 99) will produce more value than only having Darrell Henderson (No. 70). My money’s on having two third rounders over one.
Overall the Bucs net trade rating is -12 based on the Dallas Draft Value Chart, meaning they gave up more value than they got in return. Needless to say, I completely disagree with this analysis and think the Bucs pulled off a TDI-worthy draft day trade.