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Buccaneers' Compensatory Draft Pick for 2024 Revealed

Tampa Bay will get one late-round compensatory pick in the 2024 NFL draft, and it's higher than some projections thought.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are thinking about free agency as the legal tampering period approaches on March 11. That being said, the team just got a nice bit of news for the NFL Draft coming up in April.

Every NFL team officially received notice of their compensatory picks in the NFL Draft for 2024, awarded to teams for losses of key players in free agency and minority coaches. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were initially projected to get a seventh-round pick this year, but the team got a pleasant surprise — the pick will actually be the 220th in the sixth round, not the seventh.

The Bucs will be getting this compensatory pick due to an interpretation that their losses in free agency in 2023 outweighed their new additions. The losses of safety Mike Edwards, cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting and defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches would be taken into consideration, with Tampa Bay's additions qualifying including DL Greg Gaines and quarterback Baker Mayfield.

As a result, general manager Jason Licht will have an extra sixth-round pick to play around with. Last year, Licht picked three times in the sixth round, picking Nebraska wide receiver Trey Palmer, Kansas State cornerback Josh Hayes and Eastern Michigan defensive end Jose Ramirez. Licht typically likes to trade with late-round picks, so it will be interesting to see what he does with this extra pick come the 2024 NFL Draft in April. 

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