2012 Buccaneers Draft Review

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After a disastrous 2011 NFL season, in which the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went 4-12, the Buccaneers decided to fire Raheem Morris and his staff. Mark Dominik didn’t get fired but did have some of his powers taken from him. One of them included contract details which he was a disaster at with Michael Clayton, Quincy Black, and Michael Koenen being great examples. But the writing was on the wall if the next hire for head coach did not pan out. After being jerked around by Chip Kelly, Dominik decided to hire Greg Schiano from Rutgers. Although he turned the college football program around, he wasn’t known in many circles to be good enough to coach a NFL team. Unless you asked Bill Belichick like the Glazers did. His goal was to turn one of the team with the most turnovers, worst running game, and completely inadequate defense into a quality team.

With control of the team in Dominik’s and Schiano’s hands, they made a lot of moves in the offseason to make the team better. These are the moves they decided would better the team:

Traded: Kellen Winslow to Seattle for conditional 7th round pick

Cut: Tanard Jackson due to suspensions, John McCargo due to play

Didn’t Re-sign: OLB Geno Hayes, OT James Lee, WR Michael Spurlock, RB Kregg Lumpkin, QB Josh Johnson


Pos. Name Years Amount What Happened
CB Ronde Barber 1 3 Million Retired
C Jeremy Zuttah 4 16.5 Million Traded in 2014
K Connor Barth 4 13.2 Million Cut in 2014
DE Michael Bennett 1 2.7 Million Super Bowl w/ Seattle

Free Agents Signed:

Pos. Name Years Amount What Happened
WR Vincent Jackson 5 55.5 Million #1 WR
WR Tiquan Underwood 1 Unknown Cut and resigned
DT Gary Gibson 2 2 Million Cut 2013 Preseason
DT Amobi Okoye 1 2 Million Cut 2012 Preseason
G Jamon Meredith 2 1.6 Million Didn't resign 2014
G Carl Nicks 5 47.5 Million Cut in 2014
QB Dan Orlovsky 2 2.5 Million Didn't resign 2014
CB Eric Wright 5 37.5 Million Cut in 2013

Many of us fans applauded what the Bucs tried to do this offseason. They got the #1 WR they needed to go next to Mike Williams. They signed a LG to protect Josh Freeman so he can throw without worrying about getting sacked. And they resigned four important parts of this team. The one thing we did question is overpaying Eric Wright to be our #2 cornerback. In the end, it was his own mistakes that cost him. But going into the draft, the Bucs had holes to fill at CB, OLB, RT, RB, and FS.

Due to another article I am about to write, I have found that some of my suggestions in previous articles might not be as good as I ranked them. I also missed a few players in my suggestions of possible picks for the Buccaneers. For this article and my last article, the 2013 NFL Draft review, I will be suggesting the top players in the NFL based on positional data from 1999-2014. It will be based on the CAV per Possible Games, CAV/PG, and the top 50% of each position using the average of CAV/PG. It provides a better grouping than if I used the median.

1st Round

In the 1st round of the 2012 draft, many fans were expecting the Bucs to draft CB. Instead we traded back and selected SS Mark Barron out of Alabama. After getting fired, Mark Dominik mentioned that he drafted Barron due to Jimmy Graham. The guy is a SS all the way. He is big, tall, and had a nack for getting to the ball carrier. The issue is he was not a FS, which is where he has spent time at in 2013 and 2014 before getting traded to the Rams.

Rd Pck Pos F. Name L. Name Drafted Team H W 40Yd 20Yd 10Yd Bench Vert Broad 20SS 3Cone CAV/PG
1 7 SS Mark Barron Tampa Bay Buccaneers 73 213 4.54 2.65 1.63 34.5 122 29%
1 29 FS Harrison Smith Minnesota Vikings 74 213 4.54 2.59 1.54 19 34.0 122 4.12 6.63 35%
5 162 SS Corey White New Orleans Saints 73 206 4.39 2.39 1.58 15 38.5 126 4.20 6.72 21%
5 167 FS George Iloka Cincinnati Bengals 76 225 4.60 2.63 1.59 20 34.5 124 4.03 7.03 27%
7 242 SS Antonio Allen New York Jets 74 210 4.58 2.56 1.61 17 34.0 118 4.25 7.02 19%

Between the top 5 safeties taken in the draft, only Barron has incomplete data. From what I can tell, he was the least athletic safety out of the group. The most athletic was Corey White out of Samford. A small school player made a big impact during his workouts with the Saints. In the end, George Iloka would’ve been the best choice. The biggest safety in the draft, he was still faster than Barron with the same vertical and broad jump. It also helps that IIoka’s arms were an inch longer in case he had to cover someone like Jimmy Graham.

Out of all of the players taken between our next pick, only two players, OLB Melvin Ingram and WR A.J. Jenkins, have turned out to be not worth their draft choice. To put it simply, anyone in the 1st round would’ve been better to choose at #7.

We also traded back into the 1st round to grab RB Doug Martin with the 31st pick. Out of Boise State, he was one of the most athletically gifted running backs in the draft. Considering the Buccaneers were ranked last in running the previous year, many fans approved the draft choice. The issue that I can see is he has issues getting up to speed.

Rd Pck Pos F. Name L. Name Drafted Team H W 40Yd 20Yd 10Yd Bench Vert Broad 20SS 3Cone CAV/PG
1 3 RB Trent Richardson Cleveland Browns 69 228 4.48 2.56 1.56 25 35%
1 31 RB Doug Martin Tampa Bay Buccaneers 69 223 4.46 2.59 1.60 28 36.0 120 4.16 6.79 42%
4 97 RB Lamar Miller Miami Dolphins 71 212 4.34 2.50 1.53 35.5 120 4.08 6.94 38%
4 106 RB Robert Turbin Seattle Seahawks 70 222 4.42 2.57 1.57 28 36.0 122 4.31 7.16 25%
6 173 RB Alfred Morris Washington Redskins 70 219 4.61 2.55 1.60 16 35.0 117 4.19 7.01 52%

Out of the top five running backs taken in the draft, Martin was the strongest and the most agile. What pointed me to saying he as an issue is his 10 and 20 yard splits. His 10 yard split was tied for the slowest in the draft for any running back. And his 20 yard split was tied for third slowest. To compensate for that, he can use his array of moves to get players off of him. It would help if he had a strong offensive line to get him to the secondary too.

Need: OLB Courtney Upshaw, OLB Mychal Kendricks, OT Mitchell Schwartz, OT Cordy Glenn, CB Janoris Jenkins

BPA: TE Coby Fleener, DE Derek Wolfe, DE Kendall Reyes, WR Alshon Jeffery, MLB Bobby Wagner, C Peter Konz

2nd Round

In the second round, I don’t think anyone noticed who we picked at first. When we traded up to get OLB Lavonte David, many people were shocked due to trading up twice in the draft. Due to trading up twice, we had to give up our 3rd and 4th round picks in the draft. In the end, we found two quality starters. One of the most undersized linebackers in the draft, Lavonte David had the ability to be a starter off the bat. Everyone knew he was a ball hawk at Nebraska.

Rd Pck Pos F. Name L. Name Drafted Team H W 40Yd 20Yd 10Yd Bench Vert Broad 20SS 3Cone CAV/PG
2 46 OLB Mychal Kendricks Philadelphia Eagles 71 239 4.44 2.51 1.53 24 39.5 127 4.14 6.68 38%
2 52 OLB Zach Brown Tennessee Titans 73 244 4.44 2.55 1.52 22 35.0 116 4.32 7.26 29%
2 58 OLB Lavonte David Tampa Bay Buccaneers 73 233 4.57 2.59 1.56 19 36.5 119 4.22 7.28 58%
4 105 OLB Nigel Bradham Buffalo Bills 74 241 4.56 2.60 1.63 24 37.0 121 4.37 7.18 29%
5 138 OLB Tahir Whitehead Detroit Lions 73 233 4.62 2.54 1.50 21 37.0 127 4.16 7.14 21%

Based on the data, he wasn’t a workout warrior. But based on his workout video, all he needed to be was average. His 20 yard dash, which is important for pass coverage, is right on the line for being good. That goes for everything except for his 20 yard shuttle. That test is best used to show his ability to change directions and twist his hips. In that case, he was above average and it shows. Just don’t ask him to be an edge rusher. His three cone, which usually measure the ability to keep a low pad level and cutting the edge, he was one of the worst linebackers in the draft. In the end, his talent is what got him drafted not his work out. Which I must point out, is the first time I have seen it happen with the Buccaneers.

Need: RB Lamar Miller

BPA: G Kelechi Osemele, QB Russell Wilson, QB Nick Foles, ILB DeMario Davis, DE Olivier Vernon, DE Akiem Hicks and WR T.Y. Hilton

5th Round

After all of the trading up that the Buccaneers did early in the draft, we decided to stay put in the 5th round. Out of West Virginia, we drafted MLB Najee Goode with the 140th pick in the draft. I know when we picked him, I questioned why we did. I felt we didn’t need that much depth in the middle and he was horrible at pass coverage in the films I watched.

Rd Pck Pos F. Name L. Name Drafted Team H W 40Yd 20Yd 10Yd Bench Vert Broad 20SS 3Cone CAV/PG
1 9 ILB Luke Kuechly Carolina Panthers 75 242 4.58 2.59 1.56 27 38.0 123 4.12 6.92 83%
2 47 ILB Bobby Wagner Seattle Seahawks 73 241 4.46 2.64 1.57 24 39.5 132 4.28 7.10 67%
3 77 ILB Demario Davis New York Jets 74 235 4.49 2.55 1.54 32 38.5 124 4.28 7.19 48%
4 119 ILB Keenan Robinson Washington Redskins 75 242 4.72 2.70 1.67 27 36.5 125 4.37 17%
5 140 ILB Najee Goode Tampa Bay Buccaneers 73 244 4.55 2.56 1.60 35.5 117 4.35 4%

Compared to the most successful ILB’s of the draft, Najee Goode wasn’t even on the same level. Although he performed well at the NFL Combine, his data does not relate to the playing field. He was the 2nd fastest ILB at the 20 yard dash, which is pretty important for linebackers, but Goode showed on the playing field that he wasn’t fast. Also, his 20 Yard Shuttle was the second worst for the position. That means that Goode couldn’t twist his hips to change directions. In essence, he couldn’t pass cover or cover a lot of ground if he needed to change direction in the running game.

Need: CB Josh Norman, SS Corey White, FS George Iloka, RB Alfred Morris

BPA: G Johnnie Troutman, WR Marvin Jones

6th Round

In the 6th round, we finally decided to firm up our cornerback position. With the 174th pick in the draft, the Bucs picked CB Keith Tandy. We know now that he changed to safety in Lovie Smith’s defense. At 5’10" and 197 pounds, he is particularly bigger than the average cornerback in the draft. But, he did fit as a safety but just a little shorter.

Rd Pck Pos F. Name L. Name Drafted Team H W 40Yd 20Yd 10Yd Bench Vert Broad 20SS 3Cone CAV/PG
5 139 CB Robert Blanton Minnesota Vikings 73 208 4.52 2.53 1.55 12 34.0 116 3.97 6.71 17%
5 143 CB Josh Norman Carolina Panthers 72 197 4.57 2.57 1.52 14 33.0 124 4.23 6.92 19%
6 174 CB Keith Tandy Tampa Bay Buccaneers 70 197 4.51 2.57 1.49 16 35.0 120 4.29 6.91 10%
6 176 CB Mike Harris Jacksonville Jaguars 70 188 4.52 2.61 1.56 36.0 117 4.07 6.81 23%
7 224 CB Alfonzo Dennard New England Patriots 70 204 4.48 2.60 1.55 37.0 121 17%

Compared to other successful cornerbacks of his size, Tandy was one of the fastest. The issue is that he wasn’t that known for being physical at the line, which most cornerbacks his size need to keep up with faster WRs. As a CB, he needed it to do that due to his 20 yard shuttle. Notice that this has been a similar issue throughout the draft. He was one of the worst out of all of the CB’s in this draft. And it’s needed to be able to cover WRs in their routes. Even when you compare him to the FS in the draft, he has the same issues. The difference is that Lovie Smith’s safeties don’t need to be athletic to succeed in his system.

Need: FS Justin Bethel, OLB Danny Trevathan, CB Mike Harris

BPA: DE Billy Winn, K Blair Walsh

7th Round

With the 2012 NFL Draft almost over, the Buccaneers still had two 7th round picks to use. The Bucs still had needs at RT, RB, and FS. With our first pick in the 7th round, we drafted for speed with RB Michael Smith. While at school at Utah State, he performed fairly well as a "scat" back or change-of-pace back. The issue was that there were questions based on his NFL Pro Day.

Rd Pck Pos F. Name L. Name Drafted Team H W 40Yd 20Yd 10Yd Bench Vert Broad 20SS 3Cone CAV/PG
4 97 RB Lamar Miller Miami Dolphins 71 212 4.34 2.50 1.53 35.5 120 4.08 6.94 38%
4 106 RB Robert Turbin Seattle Seahawks 70 222 4.42 2.57 1.57 28 36.0 122 4.31 7.16 25%
6 173 RB Alfred Morris Washington Redskins 70 219 4.61 2.55 1.60 16 35.0 117 4.19 7.01 52%
7 212 RB Michael Smith Tampa Bay Buccaneers 69 207 4.33 2.50 1.48 23 40.5 126 4.35 7.51 0%
7 229 RB Bryce Brown Philadelphia Eagles 72 223 4.48 2.58 1.56 22 34.0 117 4.20 7.04 17%

Based on his numbers, he was one of the fastest running backs in the draft. At his size, 5’9" 207 pounds, his speed is unheard of. The issue was that his skills were limited to just that. His 20 yard shuttle was barely the 2nd worst in the draft. Asking him to change directions is like running into a brick wall. Also, his 3Cone was bettered by 8 Offensive Linemen. At best, he could be used as a kick or punt returner.

Need: CB Alfonzo Dennard, RB Bryce Brown

BPA: G J.R. Sweezy

By the last part of the draft, there went that many good players left. The Bucs decided to draft TE Drake Dunsmore with the 233rd pick in the NFL Draft. He never played a game in the NFL. Based on his numbers, he had the agility of a WR but the speed of a blocking tight end. Since he was very undersized as a TE, he couldn’t succeed very well as a blocking tight end.

Need: SS Antonio Allen, OT Kelvin Beachum

BPA: None

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