Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht has proved to be quite the slugger during the first round of the NFL Draft.
Now in his fourth year on the job, Licht has hit nothing but home runs in the first round, grabbing wide receiver Mike Evans, quarterback Jameis Winston, cornerback Vernon Hargreaves and now tight end O.J. Howard.
Licht has been a little more hit and miss in the second round. And the Bucs, as a whole? Not pretty in round two at times.
Licht hit home runs with left tackle Donovan Smith and right guard Ali Marpet in 2015, and he hit a solid double (at least) with defensive end Noah Spence last year. He struck out in 2014, though, on tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and he might have done the same by reaching for kicker Roberto Aguayo last year.
Not that Licht stands alone. With the exception of Lavonte David in 2012, former Bucs general managers Mark Dominik and Bruce Allen struggled repeatedly to find keepers in the second round of the draft as well.
This is where cornerback Johnthan Banks (2013), defensive end DaQuan Bowers (2011), defensive tackle Brian Price (2010) and wide receiver Arrelious Benn (2010) were all selected.
The second round is also the place where in 2008 the Bucs took Dexter Jackson, the Appy State wide receiver who literally played scared and was out of the league after a year; and in 2007 took guard Aaron Sears, who lasted just two years; and safety Sabby Piscitelli, who has probably proved to be a better pro wrestler than he was a football player.
That’s a scary last decade.
So, Bucs fans should be aware then that whomever the Bucs take in the second-round tonight, chances are pretty good he’ll never justify the team’s decision to draft him so high.