At number four in the Bucs' best draft picks, John Lynch comes in. The Stanford two-sport athlete was drafted in the third round by the Buccaneers on a recommendation by Bill Walsh, but for the first three seasons it didn't seem like Lynch would amount to much. He didn't get on the field very often and was mostly a special teams player. But in 1996 the light went on, and he became a key cog in Dungy and Kiffin's Tampa Two. Lynch played 11 seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and earned 5 Pro Bowl selections and 4 All-Pro selections as a Buccaneer. He would later add another 4 Pro Bowl selections with the Denver Broncos, after the Buccaneers released him due to injury and salary cap problems.
Lynch was a terrific, intelligent safety who understood the defense. But he was best known for being a ferocious hitter. He would fill gaps in the running game and hit running backs as hard as they'd ever be hit. If someone caught a ball over the middle, he'd better be hoping a jersey with #47 wasn't coming straight at him. For all of that, NFL Network named him the #10 Most Feared Tackler of all time, and you can see that clip after the jump.
John Lynch was one of the best Buccaneers ever, who played for the team for a long time at a high level, and who helped build the vaunted Bucs defense and win a Super Bowl. And he was a third-rounder - a terrific draft pick for the Bucs.
10. Warrick Dunn
9. Doug Williams
8. Mike Alstott
7. James Wilder
6. Paul Gruber
5. Ronde Barber
4. John Lynch
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