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The Bucs’ 10 Best Draft Picks: #3 – Warren Sapp

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3. Warren Sapp – DT – 1995 – 1st Round (12th Overall)

Due to some character concerns (i.e. drug issues), Warren Sapp fell to 12th in the 1995 draft. Although he wasn’t the most pleasant human being in the world, the Bucs never had to deal with those concerns and Sapp turned himself into one of the greatest interior lineman to ever play the game.

Most defensive tackles are there to occupy the offensive line and allow the ends to get to the quarterback. For Sapp it was easier to get the sack himself. He retired after the 2007 season with 96.5 career sacks – 2nd all-time among DT’s.

During his career, Sapp was selected to 8 Pro Bowls (7 with the Bucs), made 6 All-Pro teams, and was the 1999 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Like him or not, Sapp is almost surely a first ballot Hall of Famer.

4. John Lynch – S – 1993 – 3rd Round (82nd Overall)
5. Ronde Barber – CB – 1997 – 3rd Round (66th Overall)
6. Mike Alstott – RB – 1996 – 2nd Round (35th Overall)
7. Warrick Dunn – RB – 1997 – 1st Round (12th Overall)
8. Paul Gruber – T – 1988 – 1st Round (4th Overall)
9. James Wilder – RB – 1981 – 2nd Round (34th Overall)
10. Doug Williams – QB – 1979 – 1st Round (17th Overall)