Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Revisiting a Decade of Draft Classes

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Revisiting a Decade of Draft Classes
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, like most teams, have experienced the highs and lows of the NFL draft. There have been picks that panned out—and many that simply didn't.

But such is the way of life with trying to project how a player will develop, as very few, if any, are complete players out of college. It's been said time and time again that scouting is an inexact science, and when looking back at the past decade of Buccaneers draft classes, it's a sentiment that not only rings true—it rings often.

Just how bad have the Bucs draft classes been? Of the 53 players chosen between 2003 and 2008, otherwise known as the "Gruden era," only five players remain: Davin Joseph, Jeremy Trueblood, Quincy Black, Adam Hayward and Jeremy Zuttah.

Think about that for a moment: Just 10 percent of players selected by former coach Jon Gruden and GM Bruce Allen have lasted more than five years with the organization.

Which is anything but an impressive track record.

That said, we have the luxury of hindsight, so without further ado, let's revisit all 10 of the previous draft classes, from 2003 to 2012, and take a closer look at the 83 total players chosen in that period.

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