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: April 18, 2011, 02:45:17 PM

The Top 10 Draft Busts in Buccaneers History - #1


http://www.bucsnation.com/2011/4/15/2102983/the-top-10-draft-busts-in-buccaneers-history-1


The biggest draft bust in Buccaneers history is a terribly easy choice. Almost certainly this pick was the worst draft pick any NFL team ever made. And it's not because the player was given a huge contract and never lived up to it. It's because this player refused to ever even sign or play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Buccaneers knew this before they drafted him. This player, of course, was called Bo Jackson.

Jackson had been a two-sport athlete at Auburn and loved baseball. So when the Bucs brought him in for a team visit that caused him to lose his remaining baseball eligibility, Bo Jackson was understandably pissed off. The Bucs were also pitifully bad at the time, and Hugh Culverhouse was perhaps the worst owner in the NFL, so it was understandable when a two-sport athlete decided to give that other sport a try. When players on the team trying to recruit you tell you to get away from the place, the decision really isn't all that hard. So the Bucs lost a first overall pick because they couldn't get him to sign.

And to make matters worse, the Raiders drafted him the following year and did get him to sign. Bo Jackson would remain a two-sport star for the rest of his football career, only moving to football after the baseball season had ended. But when he was on the field he was an electrifying player, until he destroyed his hip in a game, which also severely shortened his excellent baseball career. Bo Jackson exemplifies the terrible incompetence of the Bucs of that era, and is the only real choice for worst Buccaneer Draft Bust in history.



The list:

10. Rod Jones

9. Reidel Anthony

8. Gaines Adams

7. Eric Curry

6. Keith McCants

5. Charles McRae

4. Booker Reese

3. Brett Moritz

2. Dexter Jackson

1. Bo Jackson

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#1 : April 18, 2011, 02:51:11 PM

BoJax, no question.


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#2 : April 18, 2011, 03:00:29 PM

and Gaines 2nd

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 I thought Lovie said he wanted quickness & speed, even at the QB position?

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#3 : April 18, 2011, 03:08:09 PM

Gaines needs to be higher (or lower, depending on perspective)


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#4 : April 18, 2011, 03:13:23 PM

If you're talking about his production while a Buc, Gaines is up there. But if you want to factor in other variables, like cashing him in for a 2nd rounder from the Bears. I think he shouldn't even be top 5.


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#5 : April 18, 2011, 03:41:25 PM

and Gaines 2nd
Not even close. Just as far as pass rushers go, Booker Reese was monumentally worse and Eric Curry at least a little worse.

FRG is the most logical poster on this board.  You guys just don\'t like where the logical conclusions take you.

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#6 : April 18, 2011, 03:48:43 PM

yeah, Gaines was a bust, but mainly for where he was drafted. 6.5 sacks a year isnt a monumental bust, even for the 4th overall pick. I say hes sitting about right.

Im just worrieed about the fan base when the Bucs draft a DE or 2 this year. How long do they give a guy before screaming bust? draft day? TC? preseason? 1st season with 5 sacks? 2nd season with 8 sacks? This fan base is horribly judgemental ofeten before these guys get out of the gate. Gaines was a perfect example and even look at McCoy. Patience is something it seems most Bucs fans have little of. Its pretty important though considering it takes a couple 2-3 years for most DEs to make a legitimate impact if they are going to in their career.

Id say the list is fairly accurate.



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#7 : April 18, 2011, 03:57:53 PM

yeah, Gaines was a bust, but mainly for where he was drafted. 6.5 sacks a year isnt a monumental bust, even for the 4th overall pick. I say hes sitting about right.

Im just worrieed about the fan base when the Bucs draft a DE or 2 this year. How long do they give a guy before screaming bust? draft day? TC? preseason? 1st season with 5 sacks? 2nd season with 8 sacks? This fan base is horribly judgemental ofeten before these guys get out of the gate. Gaines was a perfect example and even look at McCoy. Patience is something it seems most Bucs fans have little of. Its pretty important though considering it takes a couple 2-3 years for most DEs to make a legitimate impact if they are going to in their career.

Id say the list is fairly accurate.
While I generally agree with you, I think whoever the Bucs pick this year will have it easier than past picks like Adams and McCoy because at #20 there are too many prospects and possible scenarios for fans to fixate on one player like they did with Calvin Johnson and Ndam Suh. Sure, a lot people like Kerrigan, but if he goes at #12 it will be hard even for the irrational to blame the Bucs. Whoever the Bucs pick will be more in line for the expectations of Joseph and Talib.

FRG is the most logical poster on this board.  You guys just don\'t like where the logical conclusions take you.

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#8 : April 18, 2011, 04:14:04 PM

Man, Gaines Adams should not even be in the discussion for the top of the list! He was not good, but he was certainly far from a complete bust. Add in the fact that he turned into a high 2nd round pick in trade, and I would say he was pretty much a wash.

I think the list is pretty close.

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#9 : April 18, 2011, 04:17:28 PM

I agree. Gaines cant be in the top of the list because of the trade, and also because he did have SOME production.

It will be interesting to see if everyone applies the same standard to McCoy. If he turns out to be mediocre, does that make him a bust?

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#10 : April 18, 2011, 04:52:37 PM

Raheem Morris.   

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#11 : April 18, 2011, 05:28:55 PM

Gaines was #4..... Booker Reese was end of the 2nd.

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 I thought Lovie said he wanted quickness & speed, even at the QB position?

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#12 : April 18, 2011, 05:37:40 PM

and we left some amazing talent on board to take him.  Willis, Revis, Peterson.


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#13 : April 18, 2011, 06:00:36 PM

Gaines Adams would have been an above average LDE for us.

I dont even know if he is a bust.

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#14 : April 18, 2011, 06:04:04 PM



I haven't seen a LDE for Tampa make a play like that since Gaines left.

I just think he was at the wrong position.
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