The Top 10 Draft Busts in Buccaneers History - #9

NEW YORK - APRIL 22: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell looks watches as 16-year old Zachary Hatfield (L) from Florence, KY announces that Maurkice Pouncey from the Florida Gators was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers number 18 overall during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City. Hatfield was able to make the draft pick annopncement through the efforts of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

I started this series yesterday, and it's continuing today. Yesterday I selected Rod Jones as the #10 biggest draft bust in Buccaneers history. Today #9 is up, and his name is Reidel Anthony. This receiver out of Florida was the 16th overall pick in 1997, and his career started out promisingly enough, with 35 catches for 448 yards and 4 touchdowns. Not the greatest rookie season, but certainly not the worst. He turned in a better second season in 1998, with 51 catches for 708 yards and 7 touchdowns. An upward trend? No, of course not. He crashed in subsequent years, lost his starting job and was out of football after the 2001 season. Reidel Anthony was simply too small (5'11", 180 lbs) and not good enough to be a starting wide receiver in the NFL. 

The worst part? He was just one in a line of many, many horrible receivers drafted by the Bucs. What to think of Marquise Walker, or Jacquez Green (another speedster out of Florida), or Danny Peebles, or Gordon Jones, or Michael Clayton? I can tell you none of these guys made the list, so you can see this spot as the generic receiver spot. All these players were terrible in their own unique ways, with Danny Peebles' career 230 receiving yards standing out in particular. The only reason he didn't make the list was his draft status as a second-rounder, and some contributions as a kick returner. Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn have shown promise, though. Let's hope they continue to break the trend. 

The list so far:

10. Rod Jones

9. Reidel Anthony

 

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