LOS ANGELES CA - OCTOBER 02: Running back Allen Bradford #21 of the USC Trojans carries the ball on a 16 yared touchdown run in the third quarter against the Washington Huskies at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 2 2010 in Los Angeles California. Washington won 32-31. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
With the 187th overall pick of the 2011 draft the Buccaneers have selected Allen Bradford, Running Back out of USC. Bradford is a really big RB at 5'11", 242 lbs. It seems the Buccaneers have taken a liking to huge runners as they already have Legarrette Blount and Kregg Lumpkin on the roster. Bradford is a thumping downhill running back who will do a great job in short yardage situations, which was a problem area for the Bucs last season. He doesn't have top-end speed and is not an elusive runner in the open field, not a good pass-catcher and not a good pass-blocker, though he certainly has the frame to be one. There's also a chance that the Bucs move him to fullback, as he played some at that position at USC.
This is a pick I really don't like, though. This guy seems identical to Kregg Lumpkin, and the Bucs needed a third-down back - which Bradford isn't. He'll be valuable as a short-yardage back and maybe as a guy who can get some consistent yardage on early downs, but I really don't see him adding much to the offense.
Interestingly, he's the first player drafted by the Bucs this year who isn't a team captain.