Welcome to The Hook, my weekly column that hooks you into a different Tampa Bay Buccaneers topic each Thursday, as well as some of my thoughts on the Bucs and the NFL at the end in a section called Cannon Blast.

I invite you to offer me some feedback on The Hook below in the article comments section.


It is no secret the Buccaneers haven’t been to the playoffs since the 2007 season.

That’s 12 years.

A myriad of issues have contributed to the failure to reach the postseason, including bad decisions by ownership, poor coaching and players, including most free agents signed over the past dozen years, that didn’t live up to expectations.

But perhaps the biggest answer to the question of why Tampa Bay has been stuck in quicksand in a quest for the playoffs, has been the poor drafts over the years. While the general manager takes most of the blame, as they should, their scouting staff, coaches – and even ownership – have a hand in it as well.

The Bucs have drafted 77 players over the last 12 years, and only eight have been to the Pro Bowl. Of those 77 players drafted, 38 of them are no longer in the NFL, which is half. Of those 38 players, 13 were drafted in the first three rounds.

Former Bucs GM Mark Dominik and head coach Raheem Morris – Photo courtesy of the Buccaneers

Hindsight is 20/20 and that is one of the reasons why I love my job. I can sit back and second guess everything from Bucs uniform designs, to the brand of hotdogs sold at the stadium, to the players the Buccaneers draft.

Is it fair? Of course not. But NFL general managers earn in a couple weeks what I make for a salary in an entire year. That doesn’t even account for the brand new Mercedes Benz lease they get with the Bucs, while I am pushing 219,000 miles on my ol’ Chevrolet Malibu.

So I don’t really feel sorry for the general managers, scouting and coaching staffs. They do okay.

Now back to the fun part of my job. In this week’s Hook column I will take a look at the last 12 drafts by the Buccaneers and point out their dreadful mistakes and their successes – and also offer up who Tampa Bay should have drafted instead. This isn’t scientific, and I am not building a roster with a plan. I’m just playing Monday morning quarterback for the organization.

2008 First Round Pick: CB Aqib Talib – No. 20 overall
Should Have Drafted: CB Aqib Talib

Bucs CB Aqib Talib
Former Bucs CB Aqib Talib – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Jon Gruden and Bruce Allen got this one right for the most part. Talib, despite being somewhat of a knucklehead in Tampa Bay, was an extremely productive player on the field for the Buccaneers before wearing out his welcome and being traded in 2012 by head coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik. Over his career, Talib has nabbed 35 interceptions and scored 10 touchdowns. He made five Pro Bowls and helped the Broncos win the Super Bowl in 2015, but never made a Pro Bowl in Tampa Bay.

Other Draft Possibilities: DE Calais Campbell, RB Matt Forte, WR Jordy Nelson 

2009 First Round Pick:  QB Josh Freeman – No. 17 overall
Should Have Drafted: C Alex Mack

Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman
Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

The Buccaneers needed a quarterback in 2009, but in hindsight, moving up to take Freeman didn’t pan out. While Freeman ended up flaming out midway through the 2013 season, he did lead the Buccaneers to a 10-6, 2010 season, where they narrowly missed the playoffs. He also became the Bucs’ all-time touchdown passing leader and became the first Tampa Bay QB to throw for 4,000 yards in a season before Jameis Winston topped him in those categories years later. At the end of the day there were a number of players that have went on to have more successful and more impactful careers in the league. Freeman’s own personal issues, combined with an oil and water relationship with then head coach Greg Schiano was one of the most frustrating things Bucs fans have seen over the years.

Other Draft Possibilities: Clay Matthews, LeSean McCoy, Patrick Chung

2010 First Round Pick: DT Gerald McCoy – No. 3 overall
Should Have Drafted: Gerald McCoy

bucs Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy said he would welcome the chance to mentor the Bucs' first pick – Getty Images
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Bucs DT Gerald McCoy – Photo by: Getty Images

McCoy was a consolation prize after the Lions selected Ndamukong Suh just ahead of the Buccaneers, but he ended up being a heck of a backup plan. McCoy played nine seasons for the Buccaneers and was one of the team’s best defensive players over the last decade. Six Pro Bowls and three All-Pro selections validate the selection by general manager Mark Dominik – even if the team originally preferred Suh. The two defensive tackles have ended up having nearly identical careers. While it is hard to argue the Bucs section of McCoy in the first round, the big blunder came a round later when the team took UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price and passed on tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Other Draft Possibilities: S Eric Berry, S Earl Thomas, DB Devin McCourty

2011 First Round Pick: De Adrian Clayborn – No. 20 overall
Should Have Drafted: DE Cameron Jordan

Former Bucs D-linemen Adrian Clayborn and Gerald McCoy
Former Bucs D-linemen Adrian Clayborn and Gerald McCoy – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Clayborn was a solid player for the Buccaneers but never a star. Clayborn was often injured during his four seasons in Tampa Bay, playing in all 16 games just twice. His best season came in 2011 as a rookie where he collected 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. The former Iowa standout had continued to bounce around the league since his time in Tampa Bay including last season with the Falcons. Meanwhile, Jordan has terrorized the Bucs ever since, recording 87 sacks for division rival New Orleans and making five Pro Bowls.
Other Draft Possibilities: RB Mark Ingram Jr., QB Andy Dalton, QB Colin Kaepernick

2012 First Round Pick: S Mark Barron – No. 7 overall
2012 First Round Pick: RB Doug Martin – No. 31 overall

Should Have Drafted: LB Luke Kuechly

Former Bucs SS Mark Barron – Photo by: Getty Images

Yikes! This one was a tough pill to swallow in hindsight. Barron was okay in Tampa Bay but never really excelled, and the Bucs ended up taking Lavonte David in this draft which may be Dominik’s best pick during his tenure. But the team passed on Kuechly, who went onto to become a megastar in Carolina and give the Bucs’ fits for nearly a decade. Imagine having both David and Kuechly on Tampa Bay’s defense? Of course maybe the Bucs don’t take David if they had drafted Kuechly, but the possibility of having both of top-notch linebackers on the same defense still causes Bucs fans indigestion when they think about it.

Other Draft Possibilities: DT Dontari Poe, S Harrison Smith, LB Bobby Wagner

2013 First Round Pick: None (Traded for CB Darrelle Revis)
Should Have Drafted: RB Le’Veon Bell

Greg Schiano and Darrelle Revis - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Greg Schiano and Darrelle Revis – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

The Buccaneers pulled off a blockbuster trade prior to the draft, acquiring Revis, who was a star cornerback, but coming off a serious knee injury. Revis lasted one season in Tampa Bay and was never a great fit in the Bucs zone-based defensive scheme. He made the Pro Bowl in 2013 off his reputation, but was released the next year during a regime change. Tampa Bay selected another cornerback, Johnthan Banks in the second round, who was mediocre at best with the Buccaneers. Trading away a first-round pick to rent a player like Revis for a year was a serious blunder as Tampa Bay went 4-12.

Other Draft Possibilities: TE Tyler Eifert, CB Desmond Trufant, CB Xavier Rhodes

2014 First Round Pick: WR Mike Evans – No. 7 overall
Should Have Drafted: WR Mike Evans

It's been a season full of high highs and low lows for Bucs WR Mike Evans - Photo by: Getty Images
Bucs WR Mike Evans – Photo by: Getty Images

Jason Licht nailed his first pick as the Buccaneers general manager with the selection of Evans, who has went on to become one of the best receivers in the league and a three-time Pro Bowler. Evans has been a workhorse, has been durable for the most part, and his enormous wingspan and overall size make him huge target for whoever is under center for the Buccaneers. Evans has been Tampa Bay’s best draft pick over the last 12 years and is on a Hall of Fame trajectory.

Other Draft Possibilities: DT Aaron Donald, C Zack Martin, LB C.J. Mosley

2015 First Round Pick: QB Jameis Winston – No. 1 overall
Should Have Drafted:QB Jameis Winston

Jason Licht, Jameis Winston and Lovie Smith - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Jason Licht, Jameis Winston and Lovie Smith – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

You have to roll the dice sometimes and that is exactly what the Buccaneers did in 2015. Even knowing how it turned out, Winston was still the right choice, especially over Marcus Mariota. Arguments can be made and debates can be had all day long, but had Winston been able to conquer his penchant for throwing the ball to the other team, he would have justified his draft position. He wound up as the franchise’s all-time leading passer, career TD pass leader, single-season TD pass leader, and the QB with most 4,000-yard seasons. His 5,190 passing year last season was the most yards in a single season and led the NFL. Tampa Bay needed a quarterback badly in 2015, and the drop off after Winston and Mariota was huge that year.

Other Draft Possibilities: RB Todd Gurley, DT Leonard Williams, RB Melvin Gordon

2016 First Round Pick: CB Vernon Hargreaves III – No. 11 overall
Should Have Drafted: S Keanu Neal

Bucs CB Vernon Hargreaves III
Bucs CB Vernon Hargreaves III – Photo by: Getty Images

This was a bad draft. Actually, it was an awful draft, starting with Hargreaves, who was oft-injured and often beaten. Tampa Bay dropped back a couple spots (from No. 9 to No. 11), and picked up an extra draft pick which they used to select a kicker, who will remain nameless. If Jason Licht could invent a time machine and go back to that April weekend in 2016, things would be much, much different.

Other Draft Possibilities: OT Laremy Tunsil, DT Sheldon Rankins, WR Michael Thomas

2017 First Round Pick: TE O.J. Howard – No. 20 overall
Should Have Drafted: RB Dalvin Cook

Bucs TE O.J Howard
Bucs TE O.J Howard – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

When the 2017 draft started, no one expected Howard to slip to No. 20 where the Buccaneers were picking. Many had Howard as a Top 10 selection and at worst felt he would be selected in the top 15. So when the Titans took cornerback Adoreè Jackson at No. 19, the Bucs war room was elated. Since then, the excitement has cooled off somewhat as Howard had underwhelmed at times. The team still believes he has more of a ceiling than he has shown, and picked up his fifth-year option for 2021. The jury is still out, but Cook, who slid to Minnesota in the second round, would have given Winston a heck of a running game and things may have turned out differently for Winston and the Bucs.

Other Draft Possibilities: DB Budda Baker, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, RB Alvin Kamara 

2018 First Round Pick: DT Vita Vea – No. 12 overall
Should Have Drafted: QB Lamar Jackson

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Bucs DT Vita Vea - Photo by: Getty Images
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Bucs DT Vita Vea – Photo by: Getty Images

I would love to say the Buccaneers should have taken safety Derwin James instead of Vea, as I was very vocal at the time that Tampa Bay was making a huge mistake. And James could go on to have a better career than Vea. But as of now it is hard to fault the Buccaneers for taking Vea, who had blossomed into one of the best run-stuffers in the NFL – and he can still get a lot better. James had a Pro Bowl rookie season, but a serious foot injury ended his second season before it really got started. The Buccaneers didn’t need a quarterback in 2018, or at least didn’t feel like they did, but in hindsight, how could you not love what Jackson has done in the NFL so far, including being named the NFL MVP in 2019?

Other Draft Possibilities: WR Calvin Ridley, RB Nick Chubb, EDGE Marcus Davenport 

2019 First Round Pick: LB Devin White – No. 5 overall
Should Have Drafted: To be determined

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians, LB Devin White and GM Jason Licht
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians, LB Devin White and GM Jason Licht – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

The jury is still out on White, but after one season you can see the traits that attracted the Buccaneers who selected the former LSU star to replace Kwon Alexander. He had 91 tackles in 13 games, four fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles, 2.5 sacks, two defensive touchdowns and one interception in his rookie season, so he’s off to a very good start.

Other Draft Possibilities: EDGE Josh Allen, DT Jeffrey Simmons, RB Josh Jacobs

Well there you have the re-drafting of the Bucs’ first round. It’s clearly not scientific, but it shows the hits and misses over the last 12 drafts.

What do you think Bucs fans? Who would you have other seen Tampa Bay take?

Let me know in the comment section below.


CANNON BLAST

Cook’s musings and ramblings about the Buccaneers and the NFL. Good stuff. Check it out.

• COVID-19 be damned, the NFL is charging ahead to have a season in 2020! And that is a good thing – maybe. If the league can pull it off. I am still skeptical how it will happen, but maybe things get better in a month by the time camps open up.

Yeah, sure.

Bucs QB Ryan Griffin – Photo by: Getty Image

Earlier this week a report come out that the NFL wants to reduce the preseason by at least two games, and perhaps even eliminate all four.

Hallelujah! This is the best news I have heard all year.

I get why teams like to have four preseason games. The evaluation process is tedious and more than one player has become a star after making a team with a great fourth preseason game. Remember Adam Humphries versus Miami in the 2015 preseason?

So I get it. But making fans pay full price to watch an exhibition stadium? To sit in a stadium on a Thursday night dodging lighting bolts and rain delays to see a majority of players who will be long forgotten?

And while we complain now about four preseason games, I am old enough to remember when teams played SIX preseason games. True story. Look it up.

•  I had a great week of vacation last week spending time down at the beach. Sure, wearing a face mask isn’t fun, but it was still better to do it walking around the Ringling Museum of Art than doing it walking around at my local grocery store. We ate way too much, got a little too much sun, and I had my annual margarita at the Bridgetender Tiki Hut.

But now here is my PSA for all of us old guys. Especially ones like myself with some diabetic issues.

WEAR YOUR SHOES AND DON”T WALK ON THE HOT SAND WITHOUT THEM!

Yeah, I was that dummy. First day on vacation and I decided to walk down to the water without my flip flops or any shoes.

At noon. With the sand over 100 degrees.

The crazy thing is I didn’t even feel the heat. Which should have been a dead giveaway. And it wasn’t until the next day when I was sitting in my room just rubbing my feet and noticed something funny feeling. Oh, it was only my skin peeling off. So guess who spent the next six days taking it easy, with bandages on my feet and wearing socks and shoes everywhere I went including down on the beach? Yeah, this guy.

Fortunately, they seem to be getting better and haven’t turned into any diabetic ulcers. But let me tell you, not being able to get in the water, and walking around looking like a tourist from Newark wearing socks and shoes instead of flip flops, isn’t the ideal way to spend your vacation.

In the words of America’s poet and philosopher Wilford Brimley, “Check your blood sugar and check it often. And don’t walk on the hot sand without shoes, you big dummy.”

LAST LAUGH

Do I even need to say anything?

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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sunshineben

Winston was the 1st pick in the 1st round and was never offered a 2nd contract. He was finally picked up as a 3rd string qb on another team . He may turn out in time to be ok but a complete bust as a bucs draft pick ..

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BigSombrero

Great point . Maybe if the Bucs hadn’t gone from Lovie Smith to Dirk Koetter to Bruce Arians because of years of awful defense, it might have worked out much better for Winston.

Hopefully the Glazers hired the right guy and built a team that will be a dynasty for a decade with the Arians/Brady pairing. QBs can play until they’re 52 right?

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Dave

Yeah you’re totally right. It’s Lovie, Dirk, and BA’s fault that on 3rd and 3, Jameis will force it into double coverage for the INT, instead of dumping it off to the RB for the 1st down. Luckily for Bucs fans, we don’t have to teach Brady something he probably learned in high school ball, which is take what the defense gives you, and don’t turn the ball over. 30 INT’s last year. Brady, 29 in the last 4 years lol. Your Brady trolling is just getting pathetic at this point. The article could talk about the Kicker battle in… Read more »

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BigSombrero

He’s right and you’re right. Its all on Winston. Winston was a total bust. If Winston hadn’t thrown 14 interceptions a season, Lovie and Koetter would still have their jobs today. Their firings had nothing to do with the play of the defense.

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Dave

Correct. They lost their job because of Winston. And if BA kept Winston, and he threw 20+ INT’s again, BA would be fired as well. plain and simple. I’m pretty sure BA values his job and doesn’t want to get fired because our SIXTH year QB cannot stop throwing to the other team. BA has to answer to the other 52 players, coaching staff, GM, owner, and the fans. Keeping Jameis would have been selfish and ridiculous. If the Bucs lost because of defense and only defense, the coach isn’t getting fired for that. They’ll make him fire the DC,… Read more »

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nitey

Mark,

>> I had my annual margarita at the Bridgetender Tiki Hut.<<

Was this on Anna Maria Island? If so, give me a shout next time you are in the area. I live on the island now and would love to buy you one and swap some stories!

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Jackson & Cook in the same backfield with Goodwin & Evans. Think about the talent on our defense then & now. Could have been the makings of a Dynasty. Without Dirk & Smitty no fundamental football brand. Is Vita a generational talent like Jackson? We would have looked like idiots back then. Geniuses we would be today.

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DrT1066

2012 – Yep. Luke Kuechly had All Pro draped all over him. One of the all time worst draft decisions ever. A Hall of Famer to be.

2014 – I wanted Aaron Donald. I saw him as the 2nd coming of Warren Sapp. Donald and Mike Evans will both be Hall of Famers. But Aaron Donald is a generational player. Sorry, Mike, but you did make Johnny Football look like an NFL QB to be.

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DerekPHFD

The only thing is we had just invested a lot of money into McCoy. If we are looking back yes, Donald should have gone number 1. At the time, we had no need for 2 top ten picks in dt. Evans was the right call. I will say I like OBJ more, and I’m glad I didn’t make that draft call.

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DerekPHFD

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plopes808

ok, you redeemed yourself with the second reply lol

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e

There was too much heat on Dalvin Cook because of his character in the draft. People were still talking about Winston’s issues. Ha, and NO ONE said (no pundit that I saw) thought Lamar Jackson could throw a football. GMs wanted him to play WR. Lamar went to my high school…

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BigSombrero

It wasn’t just throwing a football. Lamar Jackson scored a 13 on the Wonderlic. By comparison, Justin Herbert scored a 39 and Joe Burrow scored a 34 in this years class. Also, Tua scored a 13 like Jackson.

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Dave

Disagree with the OJ pick. At the time, everyone was saying it was the right call. Nobody expected him to be there. And Dalvin Cook went in the 2nd round. We could hate taken OJ and traded up in the 2nd to get Cook. Everyone passed on Cook at least once. But it’s easy to look at picks a round later, and say we should have taken him. We had no line at that time. So where was Cook going to run? Licht took BPA for once, and at the time, it was the right call Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb… Read more »

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BigSombrero

OJ fell in the draft even though he played at a powerhouse and had a squeeky clean off the field profile. Taking a falling tight end in the first round is about as smart as trading up one spot to take the 4th offensive lineman who “fell”. Combine heroes rarely work out. Production wins over projection all day, every day.

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Dave

Yeah i agree. The Bucs taking the clear BPA at that point was moronic. What kind of idiot would take the BPA, instead of reaching for a position of need

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thegeebo

This was a well-intentioned article. It mostly made sense, until we got to Mike Evans. Yes, he’s been phenomenal. But if this article is about who we SHOULD have drafted, it was clearly Aaron Donald. It’s easier to find productive wide receivers than it is game-wrecking defensive player of the years. And yet, this is far from the largest error… you are telling me with a straight face that Winston SHOULD have been the pick?!?! We wasted 5 years with him at QB. FIVE YEARS. Because we drafted him, we didn’t draft an actual franchise QB in later drafts (see:… Read more »

gcolerick

WTF Geebo…..why you gotta be such an A-hole.

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thegeebo

All I’m doing is pointing out the insane FSU bias from Mark Cook. I don’t think it has any place in Bucs journalism. This is a very obvious pattern. I get that this is an opinion piece by Mark Cook. But at some point he’s got to leave Winston’s FSU glory days and national championship in the past where it belongs, and admit that Winston’s flaws from college never went away, that he should not have been drafted by us, and that he is a BUST. PERIOD. Then we can all finally move on. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00… Read more »

plopes808

I think his point is that we picked #1 and we were going QB so Winston was the right choice over Mariota. His point is 100% correct

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CrackerBall

Trick question. The correct choice…

would have been trading away the #1 overall for a metric crap-ton of picks – and gne with Mike Glennon for one more season. Pre-Draft Jameis Winston had many many red flags (yeah, the ones he still suffers from) and we could have used those acquired 2015 selections to improve other spots. If Glennon failed, a QB could have been selected in 2016 using some of the previously acquired Draft capital.

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drdneast

I wish I had known a luminary such as yourself was going to be in my city Mark, I would have loved to have bought you a drink and talked Buccaneers with someone as knowledgeable about the team as yourself. Glad to here you are following all safety precautions and not listening to that idiot who is holed up in the WH playing patty cake with the Russians. The 2016 draft wasn’t awful, it was putrid. I was never a fan of Dominick’s drafting and m, when I heard Clayborn was virtually playing with 1.5 arms because of some kind… Read more »

DerLutz

A weird feeling, because you let Winston go after his rookie deal, but it is still the right decision to draft him. The draft class back then wasn’t good

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Dman

This is a tough list to look at. Adrian Clayborn, Mark Barron, Hargreaves, OJ Howard and the worst in my opinion – Revis. I remember every one of these drafts and feeling like Jets fans did when they selected Kyle Brady [TE Penn State] over Sapp. I can see the arguments on both side for most of the other picks, but these five just hurt.

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pinkstob

2008 – Agreed, although for me as big a fan as I am/was of Talib it was close call with Calais Campbell. The tie breaker for me is that we haven’t been running a 3-4 until last season and Campbell is the best 3-4 end my generation has seen. He did well in a 4-3 with the Jags his first year there but not so much last season in the same 4-3. Talib plays well in every defense. 2009 – Agreed. 2010 – Agreed. 2011 – Agreed. 2012 – Agreed. 2013 – Agreed. 2014 – You must out of your… Read more »

Dave

This may not be very well received by some. And before I comment, I want to be VERY clear. Aaron Donald is a complete beast, and the best DT in the league. I’d take him on my team in a heartbeat. But is he the best DT of all time, absolutely NOT! He’s been in the league 6 years. To say he’s better than Sapp,(who’s won DPOY, won a SB, 4 time all pro, 7 time pro bowler, and 1st ballot HOF’er) is insane. Sapp changed the entire Bucs defense. He immediately made them the best defense in the league.… Read more »

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drdneast

I like Sapp, more now since her seems to have mellowed out, but to say he changed the Bucs defense immediately is also false. Sapp languished in near obscurity here for two years before Dungy came in with a new defensive scheme and set him free. Sapp also had great leaders on the defense to join with him. Players like Brooks, Lynch and Barber. He didn’t carry the entire defense on his back like you seem to think. Now if you had said we shouldn’t have resigned McCoy and gotten Donald instead I would have agreed.McCoy was never a leader… Read more »

Dave

Yeah no it’s definitely not false. Sapp immediately changed the Bucs defense. Lynch was on the team for 2 years before Sapp got there, and they stunk. That defense didn’t change until Sapp stepped in, in 95. Brooks helped, but Nickerson was the best LB on the team at that time. Sapp changed the entire DL. Here are the 94 defensive stats. 20 team sacks. 20th ranked scoring defense and 21st in yards allowed. Run defense: 123 yds/gm at 4.2 YPC, which ranked 26th/27th. In 95 when Sapp arrived, the sacks went from 20-25, scoring defense went from 20th to… Read more »

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scubog

Gee Pink you sure are wound up. It’s easy to look back and determine the woulda, coulda, shoulda regarding the Draft. Fact is, regardless of the questionable choices made recently, those early drafts, in which we often made horrendous trades as well as choices, are far worse than the ones cited. Nothing wrong with the Mike Evans choice, but I too wanted Aaron Donald who I thought was the best player in the Draft that year. Also never forget taking Hugh Green over Ronnie Lott. Sure going to miss seeing you and the family this Training Camp. Rate this item:Thumb… Read more »

pinkstob

Yeah I’m going to really miss camp and also seeing you there as well!

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twspin

Like your article here Mark. Of course I would have went with the beast Aaron Donald. But I have always longed for what got us our 1st superbowl anyway..A great defense. Ever since we got away from Defense well..Ok I won’t go there. I knew Revis had lost a few steps. Just like I know Batman and Robin (Brady/Gronk) are not taking us to that promised land. And We need to start thinking about a Bellacheat type coach who will be here a long time. Arians is headed to the farm when Brady goes. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00… Read more »

Vinsane38

I went back and checked my 2015 notes.
At the time, Winston had a clear edge over Mariota for me.
Leonard Williams was the cat I thought was best in the draft, but crap if that whole top 10 has been underwhelming except maybe Amari Cooper.
Hell, first two rounds I don’t see a superstar.

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AuclairlyCanadian

Drafting Lamar with Jameis in tow? Seems a little far fetched. A fun article/exercise though

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