April 27, 2011; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik , head coach Greg Schiano , first round draft picks Doug Martin and Mark Barron talk as they are introduced during a press conference at One Buc Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
The 2012 NFL Draft is over, so we can collect the Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft picks here. A quick look at what the Bucs did.
1. Round 1, Pick 7 (7th overall): Mark Barron, S, Alabama
Mark Barron Scouting Reports
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved back two spots to select Barron. The safety will bring size, hitting and the ability to work in man coverage to the Bucs' defense, and should be at his best when used in the box. Greg Schiano hinted that his defense would be built around the safety position, and Mark Barron brings a dynamic presence to the position.
2. Round 1, Pick 31 (31st overall): Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
Doug Martin Scouting Reports
The Bucs swapped fourth-round picks with the Denver Broncos, while trading their second-rounder for their first-rounder to take running back Doug Martin. The Boise State product should be the Bucs' foundation back, and his versatility allows him to produce on all four downs.
3. Round 2, Pick 26 (58th overall): Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska
Lavonte David's selection
The Bucs traded up once again, this time giving up a third and fourth pick for the Houston Texans' second-round pick and seventh-round pick. They used that second-round pick to select Lavonte David. The Nebraska LB is constantly compared to Derrick Brooks, and there are a lot of similarities in terms of style, though quality has yet to be determined. He's a fast, undersized, instinctive linebacker who should be an immediate three-down starter.
4. Round 5, Pick 5 (140th overall): Najee Goode, LB, West Virginia
Najee Goode's selection
The Bucs finally stayed at their own pick, and took this middle linebacker out of West Virginia. He's short but has a stocky build, and could be a core special teamer. Outside of special teams he should be able to compete as a run-stuffer in the middle, but he won't contribute in coverage and needs to improve to hold up inside.
5. Round 6, Pick 4 (174th overall): Keith Tandy, CB, West Virginia
The Bucs double up on West Virginia players. Tandy is a tough, physical cornerback who is limited in coverage and works best in zone coverage. There's a chance the Bucs try to move him to safety.
6. Round 7, Pick 5 (212th overall): Michael Smith, RB, Utah State
A quick, speedy running back, he should contribute mostly as a change-of-pace back and third-down option in the passing game, if he makes the roster.
7. Round 7, Pick 26 (233rd overall): Drake Dunsmore, TE, Northwestern
Dunsmore played the 'superback' position at Northwestern, but will be a tight end/H-back with the Buccaneers. He could develop into a decent option in the passing game, but should mostly be camp depth.