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Tampa Bay Bucs: 5 Most Memorable Draft Picks In Franchise History
By Daniel Hutchinson

April 17, 2013 10:09 pm

In the past 30 plus years of playing in the NFL the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have drafted many players. Some of those players have gone on to have great careers in the league while some are the reason that the Buccaneers had only small doses of success in their first 20 years in the league.

This article discusses both ends of the spectrum looking at some of the best and worst draft picks ever made by Tampa Bay. Some players were selected for how they escaped playing with the Buccaneers while others were selected for both their on the field play and because of what they have done after leaving football.

1976: Lee Roy Selmon 
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Lee Roy Selmon is one of Tampa Bay's most memorable draft picks because he was the first draft pick in franchise history and because he was one of the best players to wear a Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey.

Selmon played his college football for Oklahoma and was drafted with the first pick overall in the 1976 draft by Tampa Bay. Selmon played his entire career with Tampa Bay playing in 121 regular season games starting 117 of those. Selmon's official career statistics were 23 sacks (sacks didn't became an official stat until 1982), 10 fumble recoveries, and one fumble recovery returned for a touchdown.

Selmon was a part of Tampa Bay's first playoff win in 1979, and finished his career with six trips to the Pro Bowl, First-Team All-Pro honors once and with the 1979 AP Defensive Player of the Year award. Selmon was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988, was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995 and his number 63 is the only number officially retired by the Buccaneers.

Selmon is also fondly remembered in Tampa Bay, because after retiring from the Buccaneers, he stayed in the Tampa Bay area and was involved with many charitable organizations. Selmon also served as the assistant athletic director at the University of South Florida from 1993-2001, and as the athletic director from 2001-2004 in which time he helped bring about big changes for the university's football team.

Selmon suffered a severe stroke on September 2, 2011 and would die two days later from complications of the stroke.

Selmon will always be remembered in the Tampa Bay as a great man both on and off the football field.

1984: Steve Young
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Although Steve Young was drafted in the 1984 Supplemental Draft of USFL and CFL and not the regular NFL draft, he is one of Tampa Bay’s most memorable draft picks because he is seen by many Buccaneers fans as the superstar who got away.

After playing college football for three seasons for Brigham Young University, where he threw for 7,733 yards and 55 touchdowns and finished second in the Heisman voting in 1983, Young signed with the Los Angeles Express of the USFL in 1984.

Young only played two seasons with the team as there were significant financial problems with both the team and the league, and the league ceased operations in 1986.

Young was the first overall pick of the 1984 Supplemental Draft of USFL and CFL players, and signed with Tampa Bay in 1985. Young played for the Buccaneers in 1985 and 1986 appearing in 19 games while accumulating a starting record of 3-16 and recording a pass completion percentage of 53.3 percent, 3,217 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 21 interceptions.

After having a 4-24 overall record in the ’85 and ’86 seasons, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the first pick in the 1987 which they used on Vinny Testaverde, which ended Young’s career in Tampa Bay as the team dealt him to the San Francisco 49ers for a second round and fourth round draft picks.
The rest they say is history.

Testaverde would only manage a 24-48 record as a starter for the Buccaneers, while never leading the team to the playoffs.

Young, however, would spend significant time as back to the legendary Joe Montana, and after becoming the starter would be a two-time AP NFL MVP, seven-time Pro Bowler, three-time First-Team All-Pro, three-time Super Bowl Champion and Super Bowl MVP.

Young had a 91-33 record as a starter in the regular season while throwing for 29,907 yards and 221 touchdowns while throwing for 3,326 yards and 20 touchdowns in playoff games.

There is debate about whether or not Young would have been as successful if he had stayed with the Buccaneers. While there is good reason to think he would not have been as successful, one can only wonder what would have happened if Tampa Bay believed in him and tried to build a team around him.

1986: Bo Jackson
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Bo Jackson known as being a superstar in both Major League Baseball and the NFL was originally drafted with the first overall pick in the 1986 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

While playing baseball during his senior season at Auburn University, Jackson was exploring his professional football options by visiting several teams. After being told he had permission from the NCAA to travel on a Tampa Bay owned airplane, Jackson traveled to Tampa Bay to meet with team officials. However, Tampa Bay officials had not checked with the NCAA, and the plane ride was a violation that cost Jackson his baseball eligibility for the rest of his senior season.

Jackson feels that Tampa Bay purposely sabotaged his baseball career as they wanted Jackson to make a choice between football and baseball. Tampa Bay drafted Jackson with the number one pick in the 1986 draft, but Jackson refused to sign with the Buccaneers, and instead signed with the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball. Since Jackson had not signed with Tampa Bay by the time the 1987 draft came around, his name was reentered to the draft and he was drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders with the 183rd overall pick.
Raiders' owner Al Davis was said to be supportive of Jackson's baseball career and offered Jackson a extremely fair contract, therefore, Jackson agreed to become a member of the Raiders.

Jackson would play in 38 regular season games over four seasons with the Raiders while accumulating 2,782 rushing yards, 16 rushing touchdowns, 352 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns. Jackson made the Pro Bowl once in 1990, and his career 5.4 yards per rushing attempt is tied for 10th best all-time.

1995: Derrick Brooks
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Derrick Brooks is one of Tampa Bay's most memorable draft picks because he spent his entire career with the Buccaneers and was one of the key components of Tampa Bay's stingy defense that led the team to success in the late '90s and early 2000's.

Brooks was selected with the 28th overall pick in the 1995 draft and played with the Buccaneers through the 2008 season. Brooks played in 224 regular season games with Tampa Bay starting in all but three of those, while racking up 13.5 sacks, 25 interceptions, 530 interception return yards, six interceptions returned for touchdowns, 24 forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, one fumble recovery returned for a touchdown, and 1,698 combined tackles.

Brooks was on the Buccaneers squad that won Super Bowl XXXVII, and Brooks even had an interception returned for a touchdown in that game.

Brooks won the 2000 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award, the 2002 AP Defensive Player of the Year award, made the Pro Bowl each season between 1997-2006 and in 2008, and received First-Team All-Pro honors five times.

Brooks has stayed active in the Tampa Bay area after his retirement, being responsible for the Brooks Bunch charity and youth scholarship foundation, and was involved in the founding of the Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate School. In 2011, Brooks also became the team president and part owner of the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League.

1996: Mike "A-Train" Alstott
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Mike Alstott is one of Tampa Bay's most memorable draft picks and one was one of my favorite players because of his tough-nosed running ability and hard work he displayed in his 12 seasons with the Buccaneers.

Alstott was drafted in the second round of the 1996 draft and played with Tampa Bay through the 2006 season. In that time Alstott played in 158 regular season games starting in 137 of those, while racking up 5,088 rushing yards, 58 rushing touchdowns, 2,284 receiving yards, and 13 receiving touchdowns.

Alstott was on the Buccaneers squad that won Super Bowl XXXVII and also received Pro Bowl honors each season from 1997-2002, and was a First-Team All-Pro each season between 1997-1999. Alstott ranked 10th on the NFL Network's "Top Ten Power Backs" and was ranked fifth on buccaneers101.com's top 25 list of the best all-time Buccaneers.

After football, Alstott is involved in the Tampa Bay area with this charity, Mike Alstott Family Foundation, which he started with his wife, while also owning a restaurant, running a football camp every year and also is involved in coaching youth and high school football.

Alstott also makes a annual trip to St. Petersburg All Children's hospital to take pictures with and to cheer up the children there.



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« #1 : April 18, 2013, 12:51:44 AM »

No Warren Sapp?

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« #2 : April 18, 2013, 02:21:00 AM »

No Warren Sapp?

Should of put Warren in Bo's place.  I wouldn't say Bo is one of the most "memorable" draft picks for the Bucs.

A stupid, or bullheaded, or defiant pick maybe,  But not memorable.

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« #3 : April 18, 2013, 03:35:03 AM »

I was a little shocked Bo was on that list myself

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« #4 : April 18, 2013, 08:08:36 AM »

No Warren Sapp?

Should of put Warren in Bo's place.  I wouldn't say Bo is one of the most "memorable" draft picks for the Bucs.

A stupid, or bullheaded, or defiant pick maybe,  But not memorable.

I dunno...its pretty memorable for all the wrong reasons.  I would have put Sapp above A-Train though.

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« #5 : April 18, 2013, 08:58:32 AM »

I agree with all of those except for Brooks.    Sapp should be there instead of Brooks.

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« #6 : April 18, 2013, 09:40:23 AM »

Sapp instead of Brooks??  With Alstott, Bo and Young to choose from? Really??
Holy facepalm, Batman.

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« #7 : April 18, 2013, 10:08:13 AM »

Whoa whoa whoa   where is Larry Brackins? 


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« #8 : April 18, 2013, 10:24:52 AM »

I would seriously question a list where Alstott is on it, what was so memorable about the pick?
Sure he went on to be one of the faces of the franchise but at the time it was just a pick.

I would say Michael Clayton was a memorable pick due to the "What the hell just happened?" factor, everyone's ready for Steven Jackson to be a Buc and then that happens.
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