Bucs awarded compensatory draft pick in seventh round

Tight end Daniel Hardy can't reach a pass by quarterback Josh Freeman during a 2011 preseason game vs. Miami. (Times file)
Tight end Daniel Hardy can't reach a pass by quarterback Josh Freeman during a 2011 preseason game vs. Miami. (Times file)
Published February 23

The Bucs finally have a compensatory draft pick.

For the first time since 2011, Tampa Bay has played the free-agent game well enough to be awarded a comp pick — after the seventh round, 255th overall, the next to last in the draft.

Comp picks have a complicated formula, but they're given out based on the net gain/loss in free agency — if a team loses more key players than they sign, they get compensatory picks to offset that. But a player must finish out his contract and sign elsewhere to quality for a comp pick.

The Bucs had a big loss in QB Mike Glennon last year, but that was offset by a high-price addition in WR DeSean Jackson. Other gains offset other losses, and the loss that results in the comp pick was S Bradley McDougald signing with the Seahawks.

So the Bucs now go into the draft with seven total draft picks — their own, starting with No. 7 in the first round, with their regular pick each round until the sixth — they have a second sixth-rounder, acquired from Pittsburgh for S J.J. Wilcox last fall. They gave up their 2018 seventh-round pick to get DT Stevie Tu'ikolovatu in last year's seventh round.

The last Bucs comp pick? In 2011, it was Idaho tight end Daniel Hardy, who went No. 238 overall. He never played a regular-season snap for the Bucs, cut in preseason and lasting only three days on Tampa Bay's practice squad.

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