Bucs general manager Bruce Allen's quotes courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers public relations staff.
Allen's opening comments“First of all, as you all saw, we had two days of identifying talent, selecting talent for this league. We’re pleased with what we have for the Bucs and we’re pleased about what we’ve improved with the Bucs. The draft, we were talking about it earlier, the first round, went according to order, really. The last two years there hasn’t been a trade in the top 10 picks. It’s just the way the NFL works now at the top of the draft. It’s a sacred pick where you’re drafting. You identify people you think will be there and you’re pleased when they get to you.”
Allen on if the first three picks went according to plan“Exactly. We had them up on our grease board in the draft room three days ago with the first three picks.”
Allen on if Joe Thomas was at number four“Yes. He wasn’t going to be there for us, we knew that.”
Allen on if there were any trade possibilities or phone calls to trade “No. None. The same when we were drafting with Cadillac (Carnell Williams). We did have one with Davin [Joseph] last year. But it was a trade we didn’t pursue.”
Allen on how excited Monte Kiffin is“He’s one of our coaches. As I have told you, our coaching staff is something we are very proud of with the Bucs. We think we have some special coaches, some special teachers and Monte is one of them. As a leader of this organization, at the coordinator position, Monte Kiffin wants the Bucs to win. [Paul] Hackett as a quarterback coach, wants the Bucs to improve. The guy who might be the most excited up there, is Paul Hackett [when I was walking down here]. He said the speed that we’ve added to the defense can create some problems for a lot of quarterbacks that we face this year. He was analyzing it that way. Our coaching staff looks at it: how did we improve the Bucs? It’s not a specific thing. Raheem Morris was as excited when we drafted Arron Sears as he was when we drafted defensive backs.”
Allen on drafting seven out of 10 players on defense “That’s the way it worked out. We talked about this team, we felt that increasing team speed is an important part of what our game plan would be today and we did that. We’re pleased with that. The players that we have are not only going to help us this year, they are going to help us in the future. That is part of the plan that we have discussed before. These guys are an exciting part of our future.”
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 2007 NFL DRAFT CLASSRound 1 (4th overall) – DE Gaines AdamsRound 2a (35th overall) – OT Arron SearsRound 2b (64th overall) – SS Sabby PiscitelliRound 3 (68th overall) – LB Quincy BlackRound 4 (106th overall) – S Tanard JacksonRound 5 (141st overall) – DE Greg PetersonRound 6 (182nd overall) – LB Adam HaywardRound 7 (214th overall) – OT Chris DenmanRound 7 (245th overall) – CB Marcus HamiltonRound 7 (246th overall) – RB Kenneth Darby
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