List of Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-round draft picks

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Warren Sapp was the Buccaneers first round pick in 1995

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers joined the National Football League (NFL) in 1976 with the Seattle Seahawks.

Every April, each NFL franchise adds new players to its roster through a collegiate draft at the "NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting", more commonly known as the NFL Draft.[1] Teams are ranked in reverse order based on the previous season's record, with the team with the worst record having the first selection. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous season's Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion is the last team to select and the Super Bowl runner up selects right before them. This order is subject to teams trading away selections to other teams for different selections, players, cash or a combination thereof. Thus, it is common for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have multiple or no draft picks the first round due to trades.[2]

The Buccaneers have had the first overall pick on six occasions. Twice in 1978 and 1984, they traded it away. Three eventual Hall of Famers were selected by the Buccaneers.[3] The Buccaneers' first selection as an NFL team was Lee Roy Selmon, a defensive lineman from Oklahoma. The team's most-recent first-round selections were Vernon Hargreaves, a cornerback from Florida in 2016 and O. J. Howard, a tight end from Alabama in 2017.[3]


Table key
^ Indicates the player was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
 *  Selected number one overall
Indicates the player was selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career.
The Buccaneers did not draft a player in the first round that year.
Year Each year links to an article about that particular NFL Draft.
Pick Indicates the number of the pick within the first round
Position Indicates the position of the player in the NFL
College The player's college football team

Player selections[edit]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-round draft picks
Year Pick Player name Position College Notes
1976 1 Lee Roy Selmon *^ DE Oklahoma
1977 1 Ricky Bell * RB USC
1978 17 Doug Williams QB Grambling [a]
1979 No pick [b]
1980 22 Ray Snell G Wisconsin
1981 7 Hugh Green LB Pittsburgh
1982 18 Sean Farrell G Penn State
1983 No pick [c]
1984 No pick [d]
1985 8 Ron Holmes DE Washington
1986 1 Bo Jackson †* RB Auburn [e]
25 Roderick Jones DB SMU
1987 1 Vinny Testaverde * QB Miami (FL) [f]
1988 4 Paul Gruber OT Wisconsin
1989 6 Broderick Thomas LB Nebraska
1990 4 Keith McCants LB Alabama
1991 7 Charles McRae OT Tennessee
1992 No pick [g]
1993 6 Eric Curry DE Alabama
1994 6 Trent Dilfer QB Fresno State
1995 12 Warren Sapp ^ DT Miami (FL)
28 Derrick Brooks ^ LB Florida State [i]
1996 12 Regan Upshaw DE California
1996 22 Marcus Jones DT North Carolina [j]
1997 12 Warrick Dunn RB Florida State [k]
16 Reidel Anthony WR Florida [l]
1998 No pick [m]
1999 15 Anthony McFarland DT LSU
2000 No pick [n][o]
2001 14 Kenyatta Walker OT Florida [p]
2002 No pick [r]
2004 15 Michael Clayton WR LSU
2005 5 Carnell Williams RB Auburn
2006 23 Davin Joseph G Oklahoma
2007 4 Gaines Adams DE Clemson
2008 20 Aqib Talib CB Kansas
2009 17 Josh Freeman QB Kansas State
2010 3 Gerald McCoy DT Oklahoma
2011 20 Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa
2012 7 Mark Barron S Alabama
31 Doug Martin RB Boise State
2013 No pick
2014 7 Mike Evans WR Texas A&M
2015 1 Jameis Winston * QB Florida State
2016 11 Vernon Hargreaves CB Florida
2017 19 O. J. Howard TE Alabama
2018 12 Vita Vea DT Washington
2019 5 Devin White LB LSU


  • k The Buccaneers originally traded their 8th overall pick to the Jets to move up two picks. They then traded that pick to the Seattle Seahawks for this pick and a third-round pick.[12]
  • l This pick was acquired from the San Diego Chargers in return for a second-round pick the previous year.[13]
  • m The Buccaneers traded their first-round pick to Raiders for two second round picks.[14]
  • n The Buccaneers gained an additional first-round pick from the San Diego Chargers as a result of a draft-day deal in 1998.[15]
  • o The Buccaneers traded their first-pick and one they acquired from the Chargers in 1998, to the New York Jets for Keyshawn Johnson.[16]
  • p The Buccaneers had the 21st overall selection but made a draft-day deal with the Buffalo Bills to move up seven picks.[17]
  • q The Buccaneers traded linebacker Hugh Green to the Miami Dolphins for the first (#25 overall pick) and second-round picks.[18]
  • r The Buccaneers traded their 2002 and 2003 first-round picks to the Oakland Raiders as part of a trade for Jon Gruden.[19]


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