As we steamroll toward the 2012 NFL draft, we take a brief look back into the annals of Buccaneer history to provide you the best and worst of the previous Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafts. These opinions are of the article's author and not intended to represent the consensus opinion of all the staff of Buc Nation.
Throughout the history of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there have been just some terrible misses in the NFL draft. Many of these occurred between 1980-94 when the franchise was mired in one of the worst runs in sports history. A lot of them occurred in the 2nd or 3rd round - which is as far back in the draft as we wanted to go to consider a bust (after all, if a 5th round pick doesn't amount to much, it's not really a bust - just a waste).
Of all of these bad apples, these are the ten I feel have been the worst picks in Franchise history.
List: 10 Worst Draft picks in Buccaneers History
10. Kenyatta Walker, 1st round, pick 14, 2001
9. Dexter Jackson, WR, 2nd round, pick 27, 2008
8 Dan Sileo, DT, 3rd Round, Supplemental, 1987
Player: Charles McRae
Draft: 1st round, pick 7, 1991
Few top ten offensive linemen fail as spectacularly as Charles McRae did for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Drafted in 1991 as the perfect bookend to the stone wall Paul Gruber, McRae was moved from his natural LT position to play RT in the NFL.
It was liking turning The Hulk into The Tick. Suddenly the athletic ability and skillset that had McRae at the top of most draft boards seemed to disappear overnight.
He struggled with NFL defensive ends and linebackers, becoming a sieve on the right side of the line. The Bucs tried to salvage the pick by moving him to guard but that too would turn into a failure. He would start just 38 games in his NFL career.
He would leave in 1996 to the Oakland Raiders as an unrestricted free agent where he would finish up his non-descript NFL career.
While McRae was one of the biggest Bucs draft busts, he's been honored multiple times by the University of Tennessee.
Why did Charles McRae fail with the Bucs?
The NFL is a lot different than College (71 votes)
He was Mandriched... (26 votes)
He was playing out of position (33 votes)
He was too nice to play in the league (17 votes)
147 total votes