Buccaneer Flashback: 4th Best Draft Pick in Tampa Bay History - Ronde Barber

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 24: Ronde Barber #20 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers walks off the field dejected during their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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.

List: Top Ten Buccaneer Draft Picks of All-Time

Previously listed:

10. Mark Carrier, WR, 3rd round, pick 1, 1987

9. Warrick Dunn, RB, 1st round, pick 12, 1997

8. James Wilder, RB, 2nd round, pick 6, 1981

7. Mike Alstott, FB, 2nd round, pick 5, 1996

6. Paul Gruber, LT, 1st round, pick 4, 1988

5. John Lynch, S, 3rd round, Pick 26, 1993

Player: Ronde Barber

Position: CB

Ranking: 4th

Draft: 3rd round, pick 6, 1997

Pro Bowl: 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008

Methuselah has nothing on the ageless Ronde Barber, the only active Buccaneer on our top ten list. When the Bucs stole Ronde Barber in 1997, they hoped they found themselves an answer at nickel corner.

Instead, Barber became one of the most celebrated players in Bucs history -

  • 5× Pro Bowl selection (2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008)
  • 3× First-Team All-Pro selection (2001, 2004, 2005)
  • 2× Second-Team All-Pro selection (2002, 2006)
  • Super Bowl champion (XXXVII)
  • NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
  • Ed Block Courage Award (2011)
  • 20/20 Club
  • Most consecutive starts by a NFL cornerback
  • Most quarterback sacks by a NFL cornerback
  • Buccaneers Interceptions (All-Time)
  • Led the NFL in interceptions in 2001
  • Led the NFL in interception touchdowns in 2006
  • First cornerback in NFL history to have at least 25 sacks and 40 interceptions
  • Team record for touchdowns scored by a defensive player (11)
  • 2nd all-time in tackles in club history
  • Team All-Time leader in interceptions (43)
  • Most Interceptions for touchdowns in a game (2)
  • Most Games Played by a Buccaneer (225)
Of course, all Buccaneer fans have Ronde Barber's greatest image seared in their minds. Barber sealed the Bucs first trip to the Super Bowl by intercepting Philadelphia Quarterback Donovan McNabb and taking it to the house.

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