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May 30, 2011 @ 2:22 pm
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Bucs 2007 NFL Draft Review

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Here the Bucs’ 2007 draft class is reviewed. Who should the Bucs have taken instead of Gaines Adams? What late-round gems did the Bucs pass over? Find out right here.
Obviously, it is foolish to judge a draft immediately afterwards because nobody knows how the players are going to turn out at the NFL level. With that being the case Pewter Report looks back at the 2007 NFL Draft and how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fared. Check back as Pewter Report will review other previous drafts for Tampa Bay.  

Tampa Bay was coming off a last-place finish in the NFC South with a 4-12 record in 2006. They had the fourth overall pick in the first round. The draft was conducted by then-general manager Bruce Allen and head coach Jon Gruden. Current director of college scouting Dennis Hickey was in his same role at the time.

First Round
Bucs pick: defensive end Gaines Adams- fourth overall

Top Players the Bucs Passed On
Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson- seventh overall
San Francisco LB Patrick Willis- 11th overall
New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis- 14th overall
Carolina LB Jon Beason- 25th overall

Other Quality Options
Pittsburgh LB Lawrence Timmons- 15th overall
Cincinnati CB Leon Hall- 18th overall
Tennessee S Michael Griffin- 19th overall
New York Giants CB Aaron Ross- 20th overall
Kansas City WR Dwayne Bowe- 23rd overall
New England S Brandon Meriweather- 24th overall
New Orleans WR Robert Meachem- 27th overall

Analysis: Adams had a solid debut as a rookie, but never panned out and was eventually traded to Chicago for a second-round pick. Tragically, Adams passed away in January of 2010. The Bucs could have gotten the best linebacker in the NFL in Willis or maybe the best cornerback in the NFL in Revis. Two years earlier, the Bucs had selected Barrett Ruud to be their middle linebacker. At the time the Buccaneers felt good about cornerbacks Ronde Barber, Brian Kelly and Philip Buchanon heading into the 2007 season. They passed on Peterson because they took Cadillac Williams with the fifth-overall pick two years earlier. Any player in the list above would have been a better pro than Adams.

Second Round
Bucs pick: guard Arron Sears 35th overall pick

Top Players the Bucs Passed On
Pittsburgh OLB Lamarr Woodley- 46th overall
New York Jets MLB David Harris- 47th overall

Other Quality Options
Oakland TE Zach Miller- 38th overall
Philadelphia QB Kevin Kolb- 36th overall
New York Giants WR Steve Smith- 51st overall

Analysis: Sears was an excellent guard for the Buccaneers in the 2007 and 2008 seasons. Due to off-the-field mental issues, Sears has not played football the past two seasons. Some sources have said Sears' mental concerns were known when the Buccaneers drafted him, while other sources have refuted that. The Bucs passed on some excellent players for Sears. Woodley is one of the best pass rushers in the NFL. Harris is one of the best linebackers in the NFL. Right now, with Sears out of football any of those picks would have been more productive in the long-term.

Bucs pick: safety Sabby Piscitelli 64th overall

Top Players the Bucs Passed On
Carolina DE Charles Johnson- 83rd overall
Denver RT Ryan Harris- 70th overall

Other Quality Options
Green Bay WR James Jones- 78th overall
Seattle DT Brandon Mebane- 85th overall
Baltimore T Marshall Yanda- 86th overall
Minnesota DE Brian Robison- 102nd overall

Analysis: The Bucs made an astute trade in sending Booger McFarland to the Colts for this pick, but they ended up blowing it on Piscitelli. Any of the players listed above would have been better picks than Pisctielli. Johnson broke out with 11.5 sack season last year, while Harris has been a quality right tackle for years, but has had a number of injuries. Mebane, Yanda, and Jones have been solid players. Robison was re-signed to a nice contract to replace Ray Edwards as the Vikings starting left defensive end. Again, all of those players would have been better picks.

Third Round
Bucs pick: linebacker Quincy Black 68th overall

Top Players the Bucs Passed On
Carolina DE Charles Johnson- 83rd overall
Denver RT Ryan Harris- 70th overall

Other Quality Options
Green Bay WR James Jones- 78th overall
Seattle DT Brandon Mebane- 85th overall
Baltimore T Marshall Yanda- 86th overall
Minnesota DE Brian Robison- 102nd overall

Analysis: The book on Black is not yet complete. He has been a two-year starter for Tampa Bay and at times has flashed and is coming off his best season - although it was shortened due to a broken arm at the end of the 2010 campaign. However, Black could leave Tampa Bay in free agency. The only player from the list above that definitely would have been a better pick is Johnson. Black is the top remaining player from this draft class for Tampa Bay.

Fourth Round
Bucs pick: safety Tanard Jackson 106th overall

Top Players the Bucs Passed On
Baltimore FB Le’Ron McClain

Other Quality Options
Indianapolis LB Clint Session

Analysis: Jackson has shown the ability to be one of the better safeties in the NFL, but his problems with substance abuse have kept him off the field. Jackson has been suspended for 18 games over the past two seasons and will be suspended for at least two games in the 2011 season. If Jackson could have avoided suspensions he could have ended up being one of the best picks in the entire ’07 draft class. Now, his NFL career is hanging by a thread. McClain is one of the better fullbacks in the NFL and had a season of 902 yards rushing before Ray Rice took over the running load for the Ravens. Session was a two-year starter for the Colts, but is not really an impact player.

Fifth Round
Bucs pick: defensive tackle Greg Peterson 141st overall

Top Players the Bucs Passed On
Arizona WR Steve Breaston
Philadelphia TE Brent Celek

Other Quality Options
Carolina TE Dante Rosario

Analysis: The Bucs gambled on Peterson coming out of North Carolina Central College. Peterson played in 10 games as a rookie and two games in 2008 before being cut in 2009. Peterson hooked on with the Washington Redskins briefly. Breaston has been a great third receiver for Arizona with two seasons of over 700 yards receiving back-to-back after a 1,006-yard season in 2008. Rosario is a decent, backup tight end.

Sixth Round
Bucs pick: linebacker Adam Hayward 182nd overall

Top Players the Bucs Passed On
Green Bay K Mason Crosby

Other Quality Options
None

Analysis: Hayward has turned into a quality player for Tampa Bay. He is a capable backup linebacker and an excellent player on special teams. He may never be multi-year starter in the NFL, but Hayward is the kind of good depth contributor that winning teams need. Crosby has been a solid kicker for Green Bay, but the Bucs didn’t need a kicker at the time due to the presence of Matt Bryant.

Seventh Round
Bucs pick: tackle Chris Denman 214th overall

Top Players the Bucs Passed On
Kansas City QB Tyler Thigpen
Atlanta RB Jason Snelling

Other Quality Options
Arizona TE Ben Patrick
New York Giants S Michael Johnson
New York Jets WR Chansi Stuckey
San Diego LB Brandon Siler

Analysis: Thigpen could have been a quality backup quarterback for Tampa Bay. Snelling has turned into a solid backup running back in the NFL that has hurt the Buccaneers. Patrick, Johnson, Stuckey, and Siler all would have been better depth options than Denman, who never panned out for Tampa Bay.

Bucs pick: cornerback Marcus Hamilton 245th overall and running back Kenneth Darby 246th overall

Top Players the Bucs Passed On
New York Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw

Other Quality Options
None

Analysis: Bradshaw has been a dangerous running back for New York. Prior to LeGarrette Blount breaking out in 2010, Bradshaw was better than any running back the Bucs featured in 2007-2009, even though Bradshaw was a backup to Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward. Hamilton was developing nicely but ended up being claimed off waivers by the Chicago Bears. Darby has been a contributing backup for St. Louis after the Bucs cut him, but he is not a backup capable of significantly reducing Steven Jackson’s role.

Final Results: With a top-five pick, two second-rounders, and four picks in the top 68 picks the Bucs were supposed to emerge from the 2007 draft with long-term starters and building blocks. The top three picks of Adams, Sears, and Piscitelli all played a significant role in the 3-13 record in the 2009 season. To make matters worse, it was known that the Bucs could have traded up with Detroit to get wide receiver Calvin Johnson in exchange for the fourth pick and the Bucs’ second-rounders but the trade was nixed by the powers that be.

If Jackson had managed to avoid his substance abuse problems he could have combined with Black and Hayward to push this draft into being respectable. As it stands now, the Bucs came away with only one dependable starter. There were a number of good to great players in this draft that the Buccaneers passed on. It is an understatement to say that Tampa Bay could have had a much better draft.
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    Hindsight is 20/20.... R1 Patrick Willis R2 Lamarr Woodley R3 Charles Johnson That would've been ridiculous
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    Well we can't dwell on the mistakes of the past and besides the Glazer's are big spenders in free agency so the Bucs will fill all of the holes left by these draft boondoggles...LOL
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    This is a good example of how missing on players really hurts in the future. There's a much better chance of missing on players when picking for need, which is what happened in this draft. Willis was a great prospect but the Bucs weren't going to take him when they had Ruud. Same situation with Peterson. I think the main difference between Allen/Gruden and Dominik/Morris is that Domink and Morris focus on the football player and the person behind the football player. They look for leaders and do their homework on the players backgrounds. It seems that Allen and Gruden just looked at the on field potential and disregarded everything else.
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    At the time, I never would have traded for Megatron, too much to give up. Why get only one player to help a team with a lot of needs when you can get 3. Now, looking back, of course it is easy to say, MAKE THE TRADE!!! If I knew we would have failed so horribly on the picks then the trade would be a no-brainer.
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    This was the draft that killed the gruden era. If we trade up and get calvi johnson or joe thomas and get charles johnson instead of sabby we are in greaat shape. I remember when we beat the crappy browns the 2nd to last game of the year and thinkin...oh shi###, we just droped from the 2 pick to the 4 pick.
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    I was more pissed that the Lions drafted a WR in the first round almost 5 years in a row (except for 2006 when they got Ernie Sims LB). I was watching the draft thinking Matt Millen can't draft a WR again and then they drafted Calvin Johnson I was like WTH?? another one. Following year Matt Millen and the entire coaching staff was fired.
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    The biggest problem I had with this draft at the time (besides not landing Megatron) was drafting A. Sears over J. Blaylock. J. Blaylock was an OT coming out of Texas but was projected to OG and ended up being drafted by the Falcons in the 2nd round. Blaylock was and still is strong as an ox and he also got one of the highest wonderlic scores at the combine. I was pissed when the Bucs brass said they chose Sears over him because of his versatility. I hate that. Usually a jack of all trades is a master of none and Blaylock has proven on the Falcons to be durable, a fantastic run blocker and an adequate pass blocker.
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    Looks bad now; but at the time those choices seemed just as promising as the ones made this past April. Gaines Adams was highly regarded and certainly not a reach. I always thought he needed someone else on the D-line to help boost his confidence. Sears quickly became the best O-lineman on the team until his mental issues surfaced. Piscatelli had all of the physical tools to be an outstanding safety except the tools you can't see. Black is a physical specimen but he still has done little and seems to be content just to be in the league. Who knew that Jackson was into the weed so much his career went "Up in Smoke"? Ol' Mel Kiper gave that draft, that could have been the backbone of the team, a C+. Now four years later the result would have to be a D. And that's why "the powers that be" are now the powers that WERE. And that's why the team payroll remains low.....failed draft picks who don't get to their big payday.
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    This was the year that Gruden was either told, or figured out that they better get better on defense if he wanted to keep his job. And you see what he came up with. It is clear the his and Bruce Allen's staff didn't do their homework on these players. I believe only Aqib Talib and Davin Joseph and Cadilac are the only Gruden 1st round pics in uniform. If Talib is out of the league, Davin signs elsewhere, and the Caddy is cut, what will the Bucs have for the many years of Gruden's drafts? Jeremy Trueblood? I don't blame Gruden for Williams, but I do for Gaines Adams. Adams was an amazing "raw talent," but lacked the skills to be the fourth overall pick. Are any 2nd rounders besides Sabby and Barrett Ruud still on the roster? Both of those could be gone this year, too. The Bucs drafts under Gruden were more than bad luck. They were bad work. I know they gave up 2 #1's and 2 #2's for Gruden, but Marquise Cooper as your first pick that year? Really? The "other" Dexter Jackson? Really? Well Gruden definitely motivated Dungy's players for a couple of years before time caught up to them and years of bad drafting put the Bucs at the bottom of the league. I am not a Gruden hater but I call it as I see it: bad player evaluation which led to bad drafting brought on his demise. Unless you think the Bucs are just lucky for the two drafts that have played under Raheem, you have to see the difference.
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    If I was Tampa I would have select Adrian Peterson, Then got a DL player there next pick. But Again what Tampa did this year in picking the safe pick in Clayborn, But I still don't know why we didn't jump at Cameron Jordan at 20, And then jump at NE pick in bottom of 1st and got that RB from Bama, Or OL or quality LB. NO got a steal with those two picks. I am just one fan, Doesn't any fans kind of agree with me or have their theory!
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    Still, to this day, the passing on Adrian Peterson and the nixing of the Megatron trade haunt my dreams. Peterson, I can sort of understand; we had Caddy. But I will forever pledge my respect for the physical freak of a man that is Calvin Johnson. Dude is ridiculous and has yet to reach his full potential because of a lack of consistent talent getting him the ball. The fact that he could have easily been in Tampa kills me.
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    I love this article because it shows how far the organization has grown. We can always look back but the future is so bright. The Bucs fans here at PR are classier and more knowledgeable than another site who has a steady stream but some fans are just flat out intolerable. Guess I must trust the PR staff to keep it accurate and quality instead of quantity.
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    This draft alone is reason for a pink slip.
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    I can't believe that the bucs blew all of those picks. I know Kiffin was going crazy for Willis too and I wish they would have taken him. Megatron would have been awesome as well. When looking at the picks Gruden and staff made though, most of them were bad luck. Adams was a beast in college and at least the Bucs managed to get a 2nd rounder out of him and it's unfotunate he passed away. Piscitelli looked like he had all the tools to be an amazing safety but his ego was too big and never caught on. Sears situation is just unfortunate and Jackson was an amazing pick until he started using drugs. The whole draft was just unfortunate guess thats why Dom and Rah do their homework!
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    Missing on Calvin Johnson still hurts me to this day. I never understood the decision to not take him.
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    Coulda, woulda, shoulda who can't say that about their drafts
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    Oh well; we got what we got and can't change it now. At that time a lot of us thought Gaine Adams would do good. I understood why we took him because we had to replace Rice.
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