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The Top 10 Draft Hits In Buccaneers History - #9 Doug Williams

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At #9, Doug Williams is the 9th best draft pick in Buccaneer history. As the 17th overall pick in the 1978 draft, Doug Williams was the first quarterback selected in his draft class, and clearly the best. Despite a mediocre supporting cast, at best, and a bit of a rough start, Doug Williams thrived in Tampa Bay. His stats look horrible compared to modern passers, but for his day and age he turned into a really good passer. A poor offensive line forced him to throw away many passes in order to avoid sacks, and this makes him look worse than he really was. Despite that, he was still much better than average and he was downright dominant in 1981. Doug Williams had the ability to be a franchise quarterback for a long time. So what went wrong?

Two words: Hugh Culverhouse. 

The former Bucs owner's frugal ways prevented Doug Williams from being a true star in the NFL. After the 1982 players' strike, Doug Williams wanted to be recognized as a top quarterback in the league, and he felt his salary needed to reflect that. Stupidly, Hugh Culverhouse didn't offer him close to the amount of money he deserved and Doug Williams bolted for the USFL. When years later he re-surfaced in Washington, he went on to be the first African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl as a starter. Meanwhile, the Bucs started a record 14 straight losing seasons the minute Doug Williams left town. Karma's a bitch. 

The list so far:

10. Warrick Dunn

9. Doug Williams

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