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« : April 19, 2012, 07:23:53 PM »

Thirty Years Ago: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Class of ’82 Set the Stage for Disappointment

 April 19th, 2012 at 2:07 PM

By Jeremy Hill




After leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 9-7 mark and a playoff berth in 1981, head coach John McKay had fans in the area believing in the legitimacy of the organization. Just two years earlier, the team had surprised the league with a run into the NFC Championship game. The solid campaign left Tampa in the middle of the 1982 NFL Draft, at pick number 17.

McKay elected to add another piece to his youthful offensive line, drafting Boston College road grater Sean Farrell with the first round selection. Farrell was elevated to the starting lineup almost immediately, joining second-year man Ray Snell and third-year RG Greg Roberts on the team’s line of the future.

A 57-day player strike quickly squashed much of the unit’s opportunity to jell, and Tampa finished in the middle of the pack in rushing during the abbreviated nine-game ’82 season. The group did provide a solid cushion for quarterback Doug Williams, who was sacked only 11 times. The 5-4 Bucs made the playoffs but lost to Dallas in the first round. Williams was traded after the season and Tampa would not finish with a winning record again until 1997.

Much of the blame on the team’s losing from ’83-’90 can be placed on the organization’s poor draft selections. Over the eight-year span, Tampa was 27-101. Here’s a breakdown of some of the problem, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1982 NFL Draft:



Round 1 (Pick 17) – Farrell, T, Boston College – Farrell turned out to be a worthy first round selection. An All-Pro in ’84, Farrell started 106 games over his 10-year NFL career. A starter for the Bucs from ’82-86, Farrell also spent time in New England, Denver, and Seattle.

Round 2 (32) – Booker Reese, DE, Bethune-Cookman – Reese came to the Bucs with tons of physical talent but lacked the mind to understand the more complex schemes of the NFL. A battle with alcohol and cocaine addiction steered Reese out of football by 1986. Reese, who spent two years in prison for cocaine possession in the early ‘90s, started only seven games with Tampa Bay.

Round 3 (74) – Jerry Bell, TE, Arizona State – A prototypical tight end for the time (block, block, block, and catch here and there), Bell played with the Bucs until ’86. His 101 receptions are 33rdin team history. He also had seven career touchdowns.

Round 3 (83) – John Cannon, DE, William and Mary – Cannon proved to be a solid contributor in his nine years with the Buccaneers. He finished his career with 22 sacks (13thin team history) and 11 fumble recoveries while starting 73 games.

Round 4 (103) – Dave Barrett, RB, Houston – Played in seven NFL games but never registered a rushing attempt or reception.

Round 5 (128) – Jeff Davis, LB, Clemson – Davis spent much of his time on special teams, hanging around enough to play in 83 games. He had four sacks and three interceptions in his NFL career.

Round 6 (158) – Andre Tyler, WR, Stanford – Played in 14 games. Had six catches for 77 yards in his time in the league.

Round 7 (185) – Tom Morris, DB, Michigan State – Another special teams guy, Morris played in 20 games.

Round 8 (212) – Kelvin Atkins, LB, Illinois – Played in 13 games. Never registered a statistic.

Round 9 (242) – Bob Lane, QB, Northeast Louisiana – DNP.

Round 12 (325) – Michael Morton, RB, UNLV – Can’t expect a whole lot from the 325thpick of the draft. Morton finished with 110 yards rushing in 44 career games.





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« #1 : April 19, 2012, 07:27:07 PM »

Is a road grater like a cheese grater, or is it more like a road grader?

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« #2 : April 19, 2012, 07:41:59 PM »

What the article fails to mention is that we traded our 1st round pick in '83, which ended up being no. 18 overall, to move up in the second to get Booker Reese.

That is right, we trade a shot a Dan Freakin Marino to get Booker Reese


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« #3 : April 19, 2012, 08:31:33 PM »

Farrell and Cannon were decent players, the rest of that list is a cow pattie.



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« #4 : April 19, 2012, 08:37:19 PM »

That was a pretty damn solid draft.

Farrell was basically a pro bowl caliber guard.

Cannon was very solid lineman for years.

Jeff Davis wasn't a bad linebacker.

Jerry Bell wasn't a bad tight end.   ( I still remember that game where he broke his foot and his foot was hanging completely upside down.  disgusting)

Michael Morton was a Aaron Stecker type of back with more speed.   He wasn't bad.


that draft was far better than the 2009 draft.    I think the 2009 draft was the worst draft ever for the Bucs.


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« #5 : April 19, 2012, 08:40:38 PM »

That was a pretty damn solid draft.

Farrell was basically a pro bowl caliber guard.

Cannon was very solid lineman for years.

Jeff Davis wasn't a bad linebacker.

Jerry Bell wasn't a bad tight end.   ( I still remember that game where he broke his foot and his foot was hanging completely upside down.  disgusting)

Michael Morton was a Aaron Stecker type of back with more speed.   He wasn't bad.


that draft was far better than the 2009 draft.    I think the 2009 draft was the worst draft ever for the Bucs.




You used...."not bad".....in there several times.  That is your barometer of a good draft?   "Not bad" players?



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« #6 : April 19, 2012, 08:45:57 PM »

I consider Clayborne to be "not bad".


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« #7 : April 19, 2012, 08:53:48 PM »

I consider Clayborne to be "not bad".


If your talking Adrian.....I agree.  Too early to crown him.

If your talking Morris CLAIBORNE.......way better than "not bad"



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« #8 : April 19, 2012, 09:04:15 PM »

2002 and 2003 drafts are pinnacle of draft ineptitude. Only one quality long term starter (Jermaine Phillips). Those drafts set this team so far back.... and here we are today. At least we got a Superbowl out of two of the picks though.

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« #9 : April 19, 2012, 09:15:34 PM »

Michael Morton was a fan fav back then - diminutive size  and I think he had 1 good game, could have been a preseason game.

Sort of like Huggie Bear Kareem Huggins was for some fans today.

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« #10 : April 19, 2012, 09:19:41 PM »

    I think the 2009 draft was the worst draft ever for the Bucs.

In 1982, didn't we trade away a high draft choices for Booker Reece? Number one from the next season?  If they did Wonderlics back then, he would have score lower than Claiborne. Biggest bust pick in the history of the franchise.

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« #11 : April 19, 2012, 09:24:35 PM »

Farrell and Cannon were decent players, the rest of that list is a cow pattie.

Right now it doesn't appear that '09 is any better.

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« #12 : April 19, 2012, 09:26:59 PM »

    I think the 2009 draft was the worst draft ever for the Bucs.

In 1982, didn't we trade away a high draft choices for Booker Reece? Number one from the next season?  If they did Wonderlics back then, he would have score lower than Claiborne. Biggest bust pick in the history of the franchise.



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« #13 : April 19, 2012, 09:27:14 PM »

2002 and 2003 drafts are pinnacle of draft ineptitude. Only one quality long term starter (Jermaine Phillips). Those drafts set this team so far back.... and here we are today. At least we got a Superbowl out of two of the picks though.

'98 forward through 3 GMs have not been all that spectacular.

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« #14 : April 19, 2012, 10:16:33 PM »

2002 and 2003 drafts are pinnacle of draft ineptitude. Only one quality long term starter (Jermaine Phillips). Those drafts set this team so far back.... and here we are today. At least we got a Superbowl out of two of the picks though.

'98 forward through 3 GMs have not been all that spectacular.






They have some nice pieces on the roster now, but its too early to judge if they were quality draft picks just yet.


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