The Bucs’ 10 Best Draft Picks: #8 – Paul Gruber

Gruber actually appeared at #7 on my initial list, but due to a certain player's triumphant return to the Bucs, Paul was bumped down a spot.

8. Paul Gruber – T – 1988 – 1st Round (4th Overall)

Paul Gruber was drafted out of Wisconsin to help what for years was the Bucs’ awful offensive line. Although it wasn’t until his career started to wind down that the team experienced success, he more than lived up to his potential.

For 12 seasons from 1988 to 1999, Gruber only missed 9 games. He started every game he played in (183 – at the time a Bucs' record) and over his first 5 years in the league didn’t miss a single offensive snap.

During the Bucs long tenure as one of the league’s least successful franchises, Gruber was consistently regarded as Tampa Bay’s best player. He was never fully recognized outside of the area because of the team’s poor record, but was one of the best offensive tackles of his time.

9. James Wilder – RB – 1981 – 2nd Round (34th Overall)
10. Doug Williams – QB – 1979 – 1st Round (17th Overall)

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bucs Nation

You must be a member of Bucs Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bucs Nation. You should read them.

Join Bucs Nation

You must be a member of Bucs Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bucs Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker