The 2023 Buccaneer draft review
The Bucs picked 19th through the draft. They gave up a
6th round pick to the Packers to move up two spots in the
2nd round. They gave up a 4th round pick to Jacksonville
in a 2022 draft day trade. They gained an additional 5th
round compensatory pick. Deals with the Colts and
Eagles brought the extra two second round picks and they
dealt away their 7th round selections.
1 - DT - Calijah Kancey - Pittsburgh
Had an outstanding rookie season missing only three games through injury and providing an
agressive pass rush throughout the year coming on strongly late in the season. Was the 19th
overall selection of the 2023 draft having been named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year as
a senior. Appeared in 36 career games across three seasons totaling 93 tackles (34.5 for loss),
16.0 sacks, three passes defensed and one forced fumble.
2 - OL - Cody Mauch - North Dakota State
Started every game at right guard as a rookie and handled himself well enough despite the usual
first-year growing pains. Was the 48th overall selection of the 2023 draft having been named the FCS Offensive Lineman of the Year as
a senior. Was a consensus FCS All-American following his super senior season in 2022 and was a second-team FCS All-American as a
senior in 2021.
3 - DE - Yaya Diaby - Louisville
Had an outstanding rookie season and led the Buccaneers in sacks with 7.5. Moved into the starting line-up in the second half of the
season. Was the 82nd overall selection of the 2023 draft. Appeared in 34 games across three seasons at Louisville, amassing 94
tackles (19.5 for loss), 10.5 sacks, two passes defensed and two fumble recoveries.
5 - LB - SirVocea Dennis - Pittsburgh
Played mainly on special teams in his rookie NFL season but saw a fair amount of defensive playing time as well. Was the 153rd overall
pick of the 2023 draft. Appeared in 43 games across four seasons at the University of Pittsburgh, totaling 239 tackles (36 for loss), 15
sacks, five passes defensed, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.
5 - TE - Payne Durham - Purdue
Was inactive for the first four games but then became a regular part of the offense and made two starts during his rookie season. Was
the 171st overall selection of the 2023 draft. Appeared in 41 career games across four seasons at Purdue, totaling 126 receptions for
1,275 yards and 21 receiving touchdowns.
6 - CB - Josh Hayes - Kansas State
Led the 2023 Buccaneers in special teams’ tackles and saw a little time on the regular defense as well. Was the 181st overall selection
of the 2023 draft. Appeared in 68 career games across six seasons between North Dakota State (2017-20), the University of Virginia
(2021) and Kansas State (2022).seven pass breakups).
6 - WR - Trey Palmer - Nebraska
Had an excellent rookie season for a 6th round pick and estabished himself as the No.3 receiver on the roster starting eight games
including the final five. Was the 191st overall selection of the 2023 draft and the star of the exhibition season with the Buccaneers.
Appeared in 39 career games between Louisiana State (2019-21) and Nebraska (2022), bringing in 112 receptions for 1,501 yards and
7 - LB - Jose Ramirez - Eastern Michigan
Spent the entire 2023 season on the practice squad but was promoted for the Wild Card game against the Eagles albeit as a gameday
inactive. Was a three-time All-MAC selection, including being named MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2022 after posting career
highs in sacks (12.0) and tackles for loss (19.5).