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Buccaneers 2011 Draft Picks: Tampa Bay Takes Allen Bradford in the Sixth Round

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With the 187th overall pick of the 2011 draft the Buccaneers have selected Allen Bradford, Running Back out of USC. Bradford is a really big RB at 5'11", 242 lbs. It seems the Buccaneers have taken a liking to huge runners as they already have Legarrette Blount and Kregg Lumpkin on the roster. Bradford is a thumping downhill running back who will do a great job in short yardage situations, which was a problem area for the Bucs last season. He doesn't have top-end speed and is not an elusive runner in the open field, not a good pass-catcher and not a good pass-blocker, though he certainly has the frame to be one. There's also a chance that the Bucs move him to fullback, as he played some at that position at USC.

This is a pick I really don't like, though. This guy seems identical to Kregg Lumpkin, and the Bucs needed a third-down back - which Bradford isn't. He'll be valuable as a short-yardage back and maybe as a guy who can get some consistent yardage on early downs, but I really don't see him adding much to the offense.

Interestingly, he's the first player drafted by the Bucs this year who isn't a team captain.