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After Bucs’ second-round pick, they face a historically bad situation

Say Saquon Barkley, Bradley Chubb and Quenton Nelson are gone by the time the Bucs are up to make the seventh overall pick tonight at the NFL draft.

What should they do? Take a defensive back? Trade down and acquire more picks?

Here's some ammunition for the trade-down crowd: Because of the Jason Pierre-Paul trade, the Bucs don't have a third-round pick. That means that after they make their pick at No. 38, they don't pick again until No. 102.

That's a gap of 64 picks. If that holds, that will be the longest the Bucs have ever had to wait after making a second-round pick.

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In 2015, they had a 63-pick gap, but that was the result of general manager Jason Licht packaging his third-round pick in a deal for a second second-round pick, which turned out to be guard Ali Marpet. The next pick was worth the wait. At No. 124, the Bucs chose linebacker Kwon Alexander at No. 124.

While a third-round pick is far from a sure thing, it's still a valuable asset. Teams don't often land an immediate starter, but it happens. In some cases, the talent is there; it just takes a season of coaching and development. Look no further than the Bucs. They landed receiver Chris Godwin with the 84th pick last year.

Here are some players chosen in the third round in recent drafts:

2013

No. 69: S Tyrann Mathieu, Cardinals

No. 73: QB Mike Glennon, Bucs

No. 74: WR Terrance Williams, Cowboys

No. 75: T Terron Armstead, Saints

No. 76: WR Keenan Allen, Chargers

No. 85: TE Jordan Reed, Washington

No. 94: DT Brandon Williams, Ravens

2014

No. 69: RB Charles Sims, Bucs

No. 73: LB Preston Brown, Bills

No. 92: G Trai Turner, Panthers

No. 96: RB Jerick McKinnon, Vikings

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2015

No. 69: WR Tyler Lockett, Seahawks

No. 73: RB Tevin Coleman, Falcons

No. 77: RB Duke Johnson, Browns

No. 84: LB Jordan Hicks, Eagles

No. 86: RB David Johnson, Cardinals

No. 88: DE Danielle Hunter, Vikings

(Bucs traded picks No. 65 and No. 109 to Colts for picks No. 61 and No. 128.)

2016

No. 69: DE Yannick Ngakoue, Jaguars

No. 73: RB Kenyan Drake, Dolphins

No. 78: G Joe Thuney, Patriots

No. 89: DT Javon Hargrave, Steelers

No. 91: QB Jacoby Brissett, Patriots

(Bucs traded picks No. 74 and No. 106 to Chiefs for pick No. 59.)

2017

No. 69: WR Cooper Kupp, Rams

No. 84: WR Chris Godwin, Bucs

No. 86: RB Kareem Hunt, Chiefs

No. 107: LB Kendall Beckwith, Bucs

The Bucs also own a fifth-round pick (No. 144), two sixth-round picks (No. 180 and No. 202) and a seventh-round pick (No. 255).

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