The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made five selections in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. One pick was the Buccaneers own selection, and one was awarded as a compensatory selection. The Bucs got a pick for trading quarterback Luke McCown to Jacksonville, quarterback Byron Leftwich to Pittsburgh, and defensive lineman Marques Douglas to Baltimore.
After their first two picks, the Buccaneers traded two seventh-rounders, picks at 225 and 232, to the Denver Broncos for a fifth-rounder in the 2011 NFL Draft. Those were the picks that Tampa Bay acquired for Leftwich and Douglas.
The first player that Tampa Bay took in the seventh round was Virginia Tech safety Cody Grimm with pick no. 210. Grimm (6-1, 203) made 106 tackles with 12.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks, seven forced fumbles, and five passes broken up. Against North Carolina State Grimm had three forced fumbles.
Grimm is the son of Hall-of-Fame offensive linemen and current coach with the Arizona Cardinals Russ Grimm. Cody Grim almost ended up playing for his father's team, but could play against Arizona next season if he makes the Bucs 53-man roster.
“It is going to be awesome. My dad called me in the sixth round and said they were talking about drafting me,” Grimm said. “But the bottom line is they didn’t, so if I get the opportunity to play against them I obviously want to stick it to them.”
Grimm comes from a college program that has earned a reputation of playing excellent special teams. Grimm knows that he must excel there in order to make the Buccaneers 53-man roster.
“At Virginia Tech it is different from everywhere else in college because we actually take it as an honor to play on special teams,” said Grimm. “Guys like Kam Chancellor and me, guys like that, we enjoyed playing special teams. I was in special teams meetings all the time and I like playing them. Hopefully I can break in there in the NFL, but we’ll see.”
The second player selected was Florida State LB Dekoda Watson. The 6-foot-1, 240-pounds Watson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds. Watson started 32 of 46 games at outside linebacker for the Seminoles.
“It’s a phenomenal honor and I’m very excited to be there,” Watson said. “I get to see my old teammate Geno Hayes. I’m glad to get on a team with somebody that knows the scheme. He’ll be able to help me out.
“We had a lot of great linebackers that came through there with Derrick Brooks [and Hayes]. That’s very good for our program at Florida State.”
Watson, a highly regarded player in most draft guides and scouting reports, was miffed that he fell to the seventh round.
“Yes, I am,” Watson said. “I’m not going to lie about it. I feel like my numbers are great. I feel like I did well at the combine and at the Senior Bowl. I wanted to higher, but God has a plan in my life. He’s going to test me and he’s going to see if I am going to keep my faith in him. Going in the seventh round is fine with me. I’ve had to prove everything to where I’m at right now. Nothing has been handed to me. I’ve been in predicaments like this before and how I react to it and how I perform and how I take on the challenge is all up to me. I’m not one to quit. I don’t look at it as a negative. It’s only going to make me stronger in the end.
“I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder. I’ve always been the one that has had to fight. I’ve always been the one that has to prove to myself that I can play. My athletic ability is great. Tampa Bay got a great pick.”
He recorded 184 tackles with 11.5 sacks, 32.5 tackles for a loss, three fumble recoveries, two interceptions, eight passes broken up, and three blocked kicks. Watson realizes that he will have to make an impact on special teams to make the roster as a seventh-round pick.
“I take pride in special teams,” Watson said. “I take tremendous pride in blocking a punt or blocking a kick. Special teams win games. Whether it’s that or running down covering kicks, I am down for the cause.
“My speed is very good for my size. I feel like I can run with the best. I think I can cover. I feel like I am very explosive. I’m able to come off the edge, so any scheme that they are able to put me in – whether it’s coming off the edge or dropping into coverage – I’m able to do it. I have a lot of talent that I am bringing to Tampa Bay.”
Watson is excited to be reunited with Florida State alum Geno Hayes, who is a starting linebacker in Tampa Bay. The rookie will likely back up Hayes in the NFL and eventually compete with him for the starting job.
“I’m proud of Geno Hayes for coming in there and doing what he did,” Watson said. “He called me right after I got drafted and I think that says a lot about him and the relationship we have. I think the scheme that Tampa Bay has is a great fit for myself. I’m looking forward to getting started and to show my ability and show that I’m able to play at the next level.
“I don’t know [where I am going to play] just yet, but I would think it would be Will. If they want me to play Mike or Sam, I’m more than willing to play anywhere.”
In 2009 Watson was an All-ACC selection. Watson was a defensive captain that recorded a career-high 65 tackles, and led Florida State with 6.5 sacks. He had 13 tackles for a loss. The pick used on Watson was the pick Tampa Bay received for McCown.
The final pick by Tampa Bay was Stanford defensive end Erik Lorig. At 6-foot-3, and 281-pounds Lorig had one sack in 2009. He played in the first five games of the season and missed the remainder of the year. For the season he totaled 13 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, one sack, one pass broken up, and one forced fumble.
Lorig’s best season came in 2008 when he had 39 tackles, six tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, two passes broken up, and one forced fumble. In three seasons as a defender Lorig totaled 95 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, six sacks, two forced fumbles. In 2006 he had three catches for 21 yards.