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Buccaneer Flashback: 5th Best Draft Pick in Tampa Bay History - John Lynch

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

Player: John Lynch

Position: SS

Ranking: 5th

Draft: 3rd round, Pick 26, 1993

Pro Bowl: With the Bucs - 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002. With the Broncos: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Little did Bucs fans know at the time but in the 1993 draft that brought Tampa Bay a pair of the biggest busts of all time in Eric Curry and Demetrius DuBose, late in the third round the team would steal a player that may one day see his name called in Canton.

John Lynch was the unquestioned leader of the Super Bowl Champion 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was one of the cornerstones of some of the greatest seasons in Buccaneer history.

A ferocious hitter, Lynch ranks 5th in team history in tackles and the team leader in interceptions among safeties.

A five-time Pro Bowl player with the Bucs, his released created an uproar among Buccaneer fans - something some in the fanbase have never forgiven the franchise for.

Lynch would move on to Denver, where he put up four more Pro Bowl caliber seasons before rounding out his unbelievable NFL career with Bill Belicheck in New England.