History of Tampa Bay Buccaneers First-Round NFL Draft Picks All Time

In both of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Super Bowl titles to this point, the team's first-round NFL Draft picks have played an extremely crucial role.

Since joining the league in 1976, how have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers performed with their first-round picks in the NFL Draft? In both of the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl titles to date, first-round talent has played an integral role. Here’s a look at the team’s full history in Round 1.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers First-Round Draft Picks Throughout History

Across their nearly 50-year history of first-round picks in the NFL Draft, the Buccaneers have selected Hall of Famers three times. The franchise’s very first Round 1 selection — defensive end Lee Roy Selmon — went on to earn a golden jacket. And in 1995, the Buccaneers selected two first-round Hall of Famers in Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks, both of whom helped the Bucs win their first Super Bowl title.

In the modern era, the Buccaneers have drafted a host of quality players with their first-round picks, among them Mike Evans, Vita Vea, Devin White, and Tristan Wirfs. Wirfs, in particular, is on a Hall of Fame trajectory after racking up All-Pro and Pro Bowl nods.

2024

  • Graham Barton | Pick 26
    IOL, Duke

2023

  • Calijah Kancey | Pick 19
    DT, Pittsburgh

2022

The Buccaneers traded their pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

2021

The Buccaneers traded their pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

2021

  • Joe Tryon-Shoyinka | Pick 32
    OLB, Washington

2020

  • Tristan Wirfs | Pick 13
    OT, Iowa

2019

  • Devin White | Pick 5
    LB, LSU

2018

  • Vita Vea | Pick 12
    DT, Washington

2017

  • O.J. Howard | Pick 19
    TE, Alabama

2016

  • Vernon Hargreaves III | Pick 11
    CB, Florida

2015

  • Jameis Winston | Pick 1
    QB, Florida State

2014

  • Mike Evans | Pick 7
    WR, Texas A&M

2013

The Buccaneers traded their pick to the New York Jets.

2012

  • Mark Barron | Pick 7
    DB, Alabama
  • Doug Martin | Pick 31
    RB, Boise State

2011

  • Adrian Clayborn | Pick 20
    DE, Iowa

2010

  • Gerald McCoy | Pick 3
    DT, Oklahoma

2009

  • Josh Freeman | Pick 17
    QB, Kansas State

2008

  • Aqib Talib | Pick 20
    DB, Kansas

2007

  • Gaines Adams | Pick 4
    DE, Clemson

2006

  • Davin Joseph | Pick 23
    G, Oklahoma

2005

  • Cadillac Williams | Pick 5
    RB, Auburn

2004

  • Michael Clayton | Pick 15
    WR, LSU

2003

The Buccaneers traded their pick to the Oakland Raiders for head coach Jon Gruden.

2002

The Buccaneers traded their pick to the Oakland Raiders for head coach Jon Gruden.

2001

  • Kenyatta Walker | Pick 14
    OT, Florida

2000

The Buccaneers traded their first-round picks to the New York Jets.

1999

  • Anthony McFarland | Pick 15
    DT, LSU

1998

The Buccaneers traded their first-round pick to the Oakland Raiders.

1997

  • Warrick Dunn | Pick 12
    RB, Florida State
  • Reidel Anthony | Pick 16
    WR, Florida

1996

  • Regan Upshaw | Pick 12
    DE, California
  • Marcus Jones | Pick 22
    DE, North Carolina

1995

  • Warren Sapp* | Pick 12
    DT, Miami (FL)
  • Derrick Brooks* | Pick 28
    LB, Florida State

1994

  • Trent Dilfer | Pick 6
    QB, Fresno State

1993

  • Eric Curry | Pick 6
    DE, Alabama

1992

The Buccaneers traded the second pick to the Indianapolis Colts.

1991

  • Charles McRae | Pick 7
    OT, Tennessee

1990

  • Keith McCants | Pick 4
    DE, Alabama

1989

  • Broderick Thomas | Pick 6
    LB, Nebraska

1988

  • Paul Gruber | Pick 4
    OT, Wisconsin

1987

  • Vinny Testaverde | Pick 1
    QB, Miami (FL)

1986

  • Bo Jackson | Pick 1
    RB, Auburn
  • Rod Jones | Pick 25
    DB, SMU

1985

  • Ron Holmes | Pick 8
    DE, Washington

1984

The Buccaneers traded their pick to the Cincinnati Bengals.

1983

The Buccaneers traded their pick to the Chicago Bears.

1982

  • Sean Farrell | Pick 17
    G, Penn State

1981

  • Hugh Green | Pick 7
    LB, Pittsburgh

1980

  • Ray Snell | Pick 22
    G, Wisconsin

1979

The Buccaneers traded the fourth pick to the Chicago Bears.

1978

  • Doug Williams | Pick 17
    QB, Grambling State

1977

  • Ricky Bell | Pick 1
    RB, USC

1976

  • Lee Roy Selmon* | Pick 1
    DE, Oklahoma

*Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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