The 1st Round Draft Order - including trades1 CLE 2 NYG3 NYJ4 CLE5 DEN6 IND7 TB8 CHI9 SF10 OAK11 MIA12 BUF13 WAS14 GB15 ARI16 BAL17 LAC18 SEA19 DAL20 DET21 CIN22 BUF23 NE24 CAR25 TEN26 ATL27 NO28 PIT29 JAC30 MIN31 NE32 PHIThe Buccaneers’ selectionsThe top prospects1st Round - Pick 7 (7)QB Sam Darnold (USC)2nd Round - Pick 6 (38)QB Josh Rosen (UCLA)3rd Round - traded to NYGQB 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 forecastThe 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.
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THE 2018 BUCCANEER SCHEDULESame 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.DATEOPPONENTDATEOPPONENT9 Augat Miami Dolphins21 Octv Cleveland Browns18 Augat Tennessee Titans28 Octat Cincinnati Bengals24 Augv Detroit Lions4 Novat Carolina Panthers30 Augv Jacksonville Jaguars11 Novv Washington Redskins18 Novat New York Giants9 Sepat New Orleans Saints25 Novv San Francisco 49ers16 Sepv Philadelphia Eagles2 Decv Carolina Panthers24 Sepv Pittsburgh Steelers (MNF)9 Decv New Orleans Saints30 Sepat Chicago Bears16 Decat Baltimore Ravens7 OctBye week23 Decat Dallas Cowboys14 Octat Atlanta Falcons30 Decv Atlanta Falcons