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Going over the 2010 Buccaneers Draft

If anyone can remember the 2009 season, they probably remember all of the issues with it. First off, our offensive coordinator, Jeff Jagodzinski, was fired before the season started. Our offense was a Quarterback carousel. Our running game was fair. And with TE Kellen Winslow Jr. being our top receiver, you knew we had had issues throwing the ball. Also, with a nice big contract, Michael Clayton only caught 15 balls. It was a terrible showing for the offense.

For the defense, we had fewer issues but still had a few. Most of all, we couldn’t get a constant pass rush. Our defensive tackles were terrible with the run and passing attack. The linebackers were fine but Barrett Ruud couldn’t tackle anyone until they were five yards down field. And Sabby Piscitelli showed his true self in taking awkward angles for tackles. Last but not least, our Defensive Coordinator, Jim Bates, was relieved of his duties late in the season.

In the end, we went into the offseason with a 3-13 record. They decided to keep cutting older players in P Josh Bidwell, DT Chris Hovan, OLB Angelo Crowell, and released G Arron Sears due to his personal issues. They resigned restricted free agents OT Donald Penn, OT Jeremy Trueblood, RB Carnell Williams, and MLB Barrett Ruud. While many people were on the bandwagon for signing big free agents, the Buccaneers didn’t. They traded for WR Reggie Brown for our 6th round pick in the 2011 draft. We signed SS Sean Jones to take over for Piscitelli. They also signed LB Jon Alston, G Keydrick Vincent, and P Chris Bryan. In the end, they got younger but lost their #1 WR in Antonio Bryant, their top pass rusher in Jimmy Wilkerson, and star special teams player in S Will Allen.

1st Round

So coming into the draft, they had issues at both DT, DE, WR, and OT positions. They also needed depth at S and CB. Although we had a lot of holes to fill, the draft was filled with talented players. With the 3rd pick in the NFL Draft, we selected DT Gerald McCoy out of Oklahoma. Although I wanted Ndamukong Suh, you couldn’t have gone wrong with this pick. McCoy was undersized, had a wicked first step, and great agility for a defensive tackle. He is exactly what you’d want for the Tampa 2 defense. Here are his numbers.

Rd Pck Pos F. Name L. Name Drafted Team H W 40Yd 20Yd 10Yd Bench Vert Broad 20SS 3Cone CAV/PG
1 2 DT Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions 76 307 5.03 2.81 1.69 32 35.5 105 4.44 7.21 75%
1 3 DT Gerald McCoy Tampa Bay Buccaneers 76 295 5.04 2.85 1.68 23 30.5 114 4.48 7.32 48%
1 26 DT Dan Williams Arizona Cardinals 74 327 5.19 2.96 1.75 27 32.0 96 4.87 7.88 29%
1 28 DT Jared Odrick Miami Dolphins 77 304 4.95 2.90 1.72 26 29.0 106 4.44 7.22 25%
2 46 DT Linval Joseph New York Giants 77 328 5.04 2.86 1.74 39 31.5 102 4.52 7.62 35%

While comparing the top 5 Defensive Tackles taken by CAV, you can see how fast these men were. McCoy was 12 pounds lighter than Suh but just barely beat him in the 10 yard split. Across the board, he was beaten by Suh. But while Suh used his strength, McCoy used his agility and leverage. Jared Odrick is almost a carbon copy of Suh but without the fast 10 yard split. Dan Williams and Linval Joseph were 20 pounds heavier than everyone but still had crazy speed, strength, and agility for their size.

I don’t know who would want to change their pick now but you couldn’t go wrong in this draft in the first round. Only DE Brandon Graham, QB Tim Tebow, CB Kyle Wilson, and CB Patrick Robinson have not exceeded expectations in this draft. And although QB Sam Bradford is injury prone and RB Jahvid Best is out of the NFL with concussions, they both performed well while healthy.

2nd Round

In the second round, we decided to double up with defensive tackle. In doing so, we snagged DT Brian Price out of UCLA. While we heard rave reviews about his speed and size, I just don’t see it. He is barely undersized and doesn’t even have agility data. His 10 yard split ranks 16th out of 20 DT’s who ran the 40 yard dash. Also, his vertical was 2nd worst and broad jump was tied for 2nd worst. The worst player was 46 pounds heavier in Terrance Cody. Here are Price’s numbers.

Rd Pck Pos F. Name L. Name Drafted Team H W 40Yd 20Yd 10Yd Bench Vert Broad 20SS 3Cone CAV/PG
2 35 DT Brian Price Tampa Bay Buccaneers 73 303 5.12 2.87 1.75 34 28.5 96 8%
2 57 DT Terrence Cody Baltimore Ravens 76 349 5.62 3.23 1.90 22 22.0 93 5.03 8.19 16%
3 81 DT Earl Mitchell Houston Texans 74 296 4.75 2.69 1.56 25 33.0 114 4.55 7.31 19%
3 83 DT Corey Peters Atlanta Falcons 75 300 4.90 2.83 1.68 26 33.0 103 4.49 7.31 31%
4 120 DT Geno Atkins Cincinnati Bengals 74 293 4.75 2.64 1.68 34 33.0 117 4.43 7.33 58%

If I had to choose out of these five players, Geno Atkins would’ve been my choice. Although he wasn’t the biggest or fastest, he was the 2nd fastest, had one of the best Bench Reps per pound, and his vertical, broad, and agility numbers compared with Ndamukong Suh. That being said, Earl Mitchell and Corey Peters would’ve been close picks. But look at their sizes, speed, jumping, and agility to Brian Price. Makes you wonder what the Buccaneers were thinking on draft day.

Considering there were only three draft choices between this pick and our next pick, I’ll just list them. The first one turned out to be RB/WR Dexter McCluster. He has been in a similar role as Percy Harvin but hasn’t performed as well. The next pick would be FS Nate Allen. He has turned out to be a good safety with the Eagles with 10 interceptions, 31 passes defended, and 258 tackles in 74 games. Also, he is a free agent this year. Lastly, there is SS T.J. Ward with the Browns. He has done well as a run stuffer but also has help in passing situations with 7 interceptions, 32 passes defended, and 294 tackles in 69 games. Would you want to trade Brian Price for either of them?

We also had another 2nd round pick in the draft from trading Gaines Adams to the Chicago Bears. We turned it into Arrelious Benn out of Illinois. While I was glad we got a WR, I was also puzzled why we drafted him. At 6’1" 221 pounds, he wasn’t that tall but was decent sized. He ran a good speed, had a decent vertical and broad jump and had a good 3 cone. If I had to describe the perfect slot wide receiver, that would be it. But we needed a #1 and #2 wide receiver. His 20 yard Shuttle showed he wasn’t good at sharp cuts. So in football terms, he had difficulty with out, in, and comeback routes.

Rd Pck Pos F. Name L. Name Drafted Team H W 40Yd 20Yd 10Yd Bench Vert Broad 20SS 3Cone CAV/PG
1 24 WR Dez Bryant Dallas Cowboys 74 225 4.52 2.51 1.53 14 38.0 133 4.46 7.10 60%
2 39 WR Arrelious Benn Tampa Bay Buccaneers 73 219 4.42 2.58 1.52 20 37.5 121 4.32 6.78 11%
2 60 WR Golden Tate Seattle Seahawks 70 199 4.42 2.50 1.51 17 35.0 120 4.34 7.12 39%
3 78 WR Brandon LaFell Carolina Panthers 75 211 4.54 2.60 1.55 11 36.0 115 4.23 6.81 38%
3 82 WR Emmanuel Sanders Pittsburgh Steelers 71 186 4.40 2.46 1.49 12 39.5 126 4.10 6.64 36%

By the numbers, Dez Bryant was the best receivers out of these five. However, Emmanuel Sanders was a close second. Although I don’t particularly like small receivers, he had speed, a great vertical and agility. In the end, Benn would’ve ranked 3rd due to his size and his possible route running capabilities over the middle.

Sadly, we missed out on a lot of good players. Based on need, we missed out on DE Lamarr Houston, DT Linval Joseph, DE Carlos Dunlap, WR Golden Tate, and OT Charles Brown. Any of them would’ve been a valuable player on this team. Other than our listed needs, we missed out on TE Rob Gronkowski, G Zane Beadles, OLB’s Koa Misi and Jason Worilds, MLB’s Daryl Washington, Sean Lee, Brandon Spikes, Pat Angerer, and SS Amari Spievey.

3rd Round

In the 3rd round we went off the path a little. We needed some depth at cornerback but from the looks of it, we were searching for the next Ronde Barber. The Buccaneers selected Myron Lewis out of Vanderbilt with the 67th pick. One of the biggest cornerbacks in the draft at 6’2" 203 pounds, he was fast, could jump high, and had decent agility. But the same issue that plagued Benn also plagued Lewis.

Rd Pck Pos F. Name L. Name Drafted Team H W 40Yd 20Yd 10Yd Bench Vert Broad 20SS 3Cone CAV/PG
1 7 CB Joe Haden Cleveland Browns 71 193 4.43 2.56 1.53 18 35.0 125 4.08 6.94 44%
1 20 CB Kareem Jackson Houston Texans 71 196 4.40 2.52 1.53 13 37.5 118 4.14 6.92 31%
3 66 CB Amari Spievey Detroit Lions 71 195 4.52 2.55 1.55 6 35.0 120 4.38 6.89 25%
3 67 CB Myron Lewis Tampa Bay Buccaneers 74 203 4.42 2.55 1.51 10 37.0 126 4.20 6.90 4%
4 104 CB Alterraun Verner Tennessee Titans 70 189 4.52 2.57 1.55 11 32.5 116 4.12 6.70 36%

As you can see, all of the players have roughly the same speed until the last part of the 40 yard dash. And unless an offense is throwing deep balls or long crossing routes, you wouldn’t need it. What I do notice is that Lewis has a better vertical and broad jump than his other peers. Usually that means a good first step. But he is lacking in the ability to change direction. The only reason Amari Spievey isn’t plagued by this is because he switched to being a safety. In my own opinion, Myron Lewis was drafted for the wrong scheme. He fits better in press/man coverage than in a zone read defense.

By missing on this pick, we missed out on 15 players who regularly contribute to their respect teams. Of those men, here are the few that would fit our needs in 2010. They include OT Jared Veldheer, FS Morgan Burnett, FS Major Wright, WR Brandon LaFell, DT Earl Mitchell, WR Emmanuel Sanders, DT Corey Peters, WR Eric Decker, WR Andre Roberts, and DE Everson Griffen. Considering Myron Lewis was also labeled as a FS coming into the draft, I would’ve rather of drafted Burnett. His numbers are staggering compared to Lewis.

4th Round

With four picks off the board, the Bucs needs have dwindled down to #1 WR, both DE’s and OT’s and possibly a safety. Lucky for us, one of the most talent, but had the biggest questions, wide receiver was still available. In the 4th round, the Buccaneers selected Mike Williams out of Syracuse. At 6’2" 221 pounds, he was big but slow. But although he was slow, he had the best vertical out of all of the wide receivers, and had decent agility. Usually those attributes correlates to a good possession receiver.

Rd Pck Pos F. Name L. Name Drafted Team H W 40Yd 20Yd 10Yd Bench Vert Broad 20SS 3Cone CAV/PG
3 88 WR Andre Roberts Arizona Cardinals 71 195 4.40 2.58 1.52 15 36.0 120 4.15 6.77 21%
4 101 WR Mike Williams Tampa Bay Buccaneers 74 221 4.53 2.64 1.52 8 39.5 120 4.19 6.90 31%
5 159 WR Riley Cooper Philadelphia Eagles 76 222 4.53 2.59 1.54 33.0 114 4.15 6.73 20%
6 195 WR Antonio Brown Pittsburgh Steelers 70 186 4.48 2.56 1.50 13 33.5 105 4.18 6.98 56%

From the numbers, you can see that speed was lacking in this draft for the bigger wide receivers. But you can also tell that everyone seemed to have good agility. In the end, this draft was great for slot receivers. Riley Cooper and Williams compare well except for the vertical jump or else Cooper would’ve been the better pick. Andre Roberts and Antonio Brown are speedsters but they would probably need a double move to get them completely open. In the end, I like that we chose Mike Williams.

And although he didn’t last long with the Buccaneers, there were only a few other players that would’ve fit our needs. They are DT Geno Atkins, FS Kam Chancellor and DE Corey Wootton. I made the argument for Atkins earlier but Chancellor wouldn’t have fit our scheme and Wootton didn’t possess enough speed or agility to make him great. The other few that turned out to be good players are MLB Perry Riley, CB Alterraun Verner, and TE Aaron Hernandez.

5th Round

With our 5th round pick… Oh wait, we didn’t have one. Magically it found its way into the Eagles hands and they drafted OLB Ricky Sapp. As it turns out, this is the 5th round pick from our trade with the Browns for Kellen Winslow Jr. As mentioned in the beginning, he was our offense this year. The question is, was it worth it?

With our needs considered, only FS Kendrick Lewis and OT Marshall Newhouse have turned out to be good players in the 5th round. You could throw in DT Arthur Jones and WR Riley Cooper if you must. But looking at both Lewis and Newhouse, only Newhouse showed promise compared to other tackles taken in the draft.

Rd Pck Pos F. Name L. Name Drafted Team H W 40Yd 20Yd 10Yd Bench Vert Broad 20SS 3Cone CAV/PG
1 4 OT Trent Williams Washington Redskins 77 315 4.81 2.81 1.70 23 34.5 113 4.51 7.45 48%
1 6 OT Russell Okung Seattle Seahawks 77 307 5.18 2.93 1.79 38 32.5 105 4.80 7.79 38%
3 69 OT Jared Veldheer Oakland Raiders 80 312 5.06 2.93 1.72 32 33.5 109 4.51 7.40 29%
5 169 OT Marshall Newhouse Green Bay Packers 76 319 4.99 2.93 1.74 25 25.0 97 4.60 7.40 38%
7 218 OT J'Marcus Webb Chicago Bears 80 328 5.28 2.93 1.76 17 26.0 101 4.80 7.82 24%

6th Round

With the draft winding down, we still have four more picks. For the 6th round, we only have one. It turned out to be P Brent Bowden out of Virginia Tech. As it turns out, he was the 2nd punter out of 3 to be taken in the draft. Sadly, he was the only one who didn’t contribute in the NFL and to never play a game. Due to the fact that punters and kickers usually don’t run NFL Combine drills, I can’t compare the three.

There were four picks that we missed out on. One of them even became a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. Here are the players: DE Greg Hardy, RB James Starks, WR Antonio Brown, and C Ted Larsen. In comparing Greg Hardy, he compares best with the speed of DE Tyson Alualu and agility of DE Carlos Dunlap.

Rd Pck Pos F. Name L. Name Drafted Team H W 40Yd 20Yd 10Yd Bench Vert Broad 20SS 3Cone CAV/PG
1 10 DE Tyson Alualu Jacksonville Jaguars 75 295 4.87 2.82 1.67 24 35.5 116 4.28 7.15 35%
1 15 DE Jason Pierre-Paul New York Giants 77 270 4.71 2.69 1.65 19 31.5 117 4.67 7.18 46%
2 54 DE Carlos Dunlap Cincinnati Bengals 78 278 4.61 2.68 1.60 22 31.5 112 4.61 7.21 33%
6 175 DE Greg Hardy Carolina Panthers 76 281 4.79 2.81 1.67 21 36.0 121 4.62 7.13 34%
7 226 DE George Selvie St. Louis Rams 77 252 4.90 2.78 1.67 24 30.5 109 4.63 7.48 19%

As it turns out, James Stark was an average running back but possessed good catching abilities. Also at 6’2" 218 pounds, he was the tallest back in the draft. He didn’t have good speed but he had the agility to make a person miss. Also, C Ted Larsen was a center but his agility gave him the ability to play guard. The issue with him was that he was lightweight and didn’t play well with using his leverage.

7th Round

The 1st of the Bucs three picks in the round, SS Cody Grimm out of Virginia Tech, was drafted with the 210th pick in the NFL Draft. Although a little undersized to be a safety, he had decent speed and agility to make a big play. I don’t know if I would’ve used him as a "box safety" but he might’ve had a better chance at free safety due to his lack of size.

With the 217th pick in the NFL Draft, the Buccaneers selected OLB Dekoda Watson out of Florida State. Watson was undersized as a linebacker at 6’2" and 226 pounds. But what he lacked in size was made up in speed, jumping capabilities, and agility. In all, he was the best prospect at linebacker except for Jason Worilds and Sean Weatherspoon. But due to his size, as he was 30 and 20 pounds lighter than them, he wouldn’t be able to last under the punishment of the position. At worst, he could become a star special team’s player.

With the 3rd to the last pick in the draft, the Buccaneers selected DE/FB Erik Lorig. He was really undersized as a DE so I am glad we switched him to FB. That being said, he had a big learning curve ahead of him.

As with most picks, we had the possibilities of picking better players than our own. Being this late in the draft, it falls to only a handful. They are OT J’Marcus Webb, DE George Selvie, MLB Kavell Conner, and SS Kurt Coleman. As it seems that people on BucsNation.com want George Selvie to come to the Buccaneers, I will compare him. At 6’5 252 pounds, he is tall but lanky. He has a decent first step but if you take a look above at the 10 yard split, so does Greg Hardy and he is 40 pounds heavier. The one thing that works in his favor is his strength. He uses his leverage on OT to get around them. But don’t ask him to anything with finesse. His agility numbers are terrible for a guy his size.

Conclusion

In this draft, we did fine. We filled some holes but had some major issues with others. By not drafting a DE, we put together a DL that was bookended by Stylez White and Tim Crowder. It was bound to fail. Other than that, we lucked out at OT since Donald Penn reduced his sacks allowed and penalties but Jeremy Trueblood didn’t change. Other than that, we took care of our issue with defending the running game by drafting two DT. And by adding two quality WR’s to compliment Winslow and Freeman, we built a decent offense. We also added three good support players and two questionable calls.

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