Draft order unveiled; Bucs pick 20th

Published: December 31st, 2007
By Bucs Beat | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times and tbt*

This is subject to change based on the outcome of the postseason, but as it stands now, the Bucs will draft 20th overall in the first round in April.

Based on their record, the Bucs fall into a tie with Washington, which also finished 9-7. But the Redskins had the tougher strength of schedule (their opponents had a .555 winning percentage compared to the Bucs' .469), so Tampa Bay gets the nod.

Now, if the Bucs advance further than the Redskins in the playoffs, the two will swap places. And, though this probably won't be a factor for Tampa Bay, the two Super Bowl participants get the final two picks.

Click here for a look at the complete draft order.

All this talk about the draft just reminds me that I'll be traveling to Mobile, Ala. in a few weeks to cover the goings-on at the Senior Bowl. That's where the real pre-draft process gets underway, continuing in February at the Combine. Anyone who thinks this job is glamorous should be forced to spend that week in Mobile with me. Bet that would change your mind -- quick!