Bucs needs lining up perfectly with draft strengths - by design?

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Defensive lineman Robert Quinn of North Carolina runs through a drill during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

When the draft approached in 2010, the Bucs knew their biggest need lay at defensive tackle. The year before the Bucs had passed up drafting a defensive tackle in the first round to take quarterback Josh Freeman instead, filling perhaps the Bucs' biggest need since 1983 when Doug Williams had left. The new regime could hardly claim they planned that, though, as they were only instated a few months before the draft. But in 2009 and 2010 the Buccaneers planned out their needs masterfully. The Bucs knew the strength of the 2010 draft was at defensive tackle, matching up with the biggest need on the roster, and that there was a deep but not very top-heavy wide receiver class, matching up with another big Bucs need. Mark Dominik took full advantage of these strengths by selecting two defensive tackles in the first two rounds of the draft, and two wide receivers later on. 

The consequence of taking advantage of a draft's biggest strength was that other needs barely got any attention. The only safety drafted was a seventh-rounder, who worked out surprisingly well, but that's not something the team could've counted on going into the draft, despite the 2010 draft having a very solid safety class. Similarly, the Bucs didn't select a single defensive end in the 2010 draft, despite that position being a big need for the Bucs. But then that was entirely understandable, as it was a surprisingly weak defensive end class. But then the Bucs could afford to pass on a need as they weren't expecting to be a playoff team in 2010. This attitude has also helped the Bucs in the long run, because now the Bucs are primed to take full advantage of the 2011 draft's biggest strength: defensive end. 

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