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To really look at Hickey's history as an executive, it really starts in 2011 when he accepted the job of director of player personnel.
At that post, Hickey oversaw the Buccaneers' draft as well as free agency, and that two-year span included some of the Buccaneers' most active free-agency periods.
Hickey excelled at finding early-round picks, dating back to 2011, when he drafted Adrian Clayborn in Round 1. Clayborn has started 35 games in his young career, netting 13.5 sacks, 72 tackles and five forced fumbles. The only games Clayborn hasn't started or played in were games he missed due to injury in 2012.
The 2012 draft was a good one for the Buccaneers, as they had two first-round picks. The first pick would be safety Mark Barron from Alabama. In two years with the Bucs, Barron has 176 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble, and will be a centerpiece of the Buccaneers defense going forward.
Tampa Bay then traded into the first round to acquire running back Doug Martin. Martin struggled with injuries in 2013 as he played in only six games and gained 456 yards and scored one touchdown on 127 attempts.
Martin's rookie year showed plenty of promise, as Martin ran for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns on 319 attempts as a main cog in the offense.
That draft would also see the Bucs get outside linebacker Lavonte David in Round 2. In two seasons, David has 283 tackles, eight sacks and six interceptions.
The team's 2013 draft didn't feature a first-round pick, as it was traded to the New York Jets in exchange for Darrelle Revis. The Bucs used a second-round pick on cornerback Johnthan Banks, who had 49 tackles and three interceptions on the year.
In Round 3, Tampa Bay drafted Mike Glennon, who looks like he could pan out as its quarterback of the future after a strong showing in the latter half of his rookie year.
The Bucs have also been active in free agency, and have had their fair share of hits and misses. Vincent Jackson has been a signing that hit for the Bucs, while Carl Nicks and Eric Wright have been flops.
Overall, the Buccaneers have done a good job of amassing talent under Hickey, especially in the early rounds of the draft, where the Dolphins have had their issues under Ireland.
Hickey has shown himself to have a good eye for defensive tackles, corners and running backs, which are major needs on the Dolphins this offseason.