Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Best All-Time Draft Picks in Each Round

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Best All-Time Draft Picks in Each Round
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' draft history has mirrored their on-field success in many ways. A great start out of the gate, followed by a long drought.  A golden age, followed by stretch where memorable moments were simply too few and far between. 

There were the first few years of the franchise, where names like Lee Roy Selmon, Doug Williams and Ricky Bell shared the draft card with Bucco Bruce.  Through the 1980s and into the early '90s, impact players were simply too scarce for the Bucs to field a competitive product, but the likes of Paul Gruber, James Wilder, Mark Carrier and Tony Mayberry still gave Tampa Bay fans flashes of brilliance.  

Let's not even talk about Bo Jackson, though.

The mid-'90s brought a changing of the tides for Tampa Bay, however.  John Lynch, Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn, Mike Alstott and Ronde Barber were all selected within a four-year span.  Those would-be stars set the foundation for the first consistently competitive Bucs team in franchise history, culminating in their 2002 Super Bowl run.

Since those glory days, however, the draft-day home runs have been hard to come by at One Buccaneer Place.  From 1998 to 2011, the Bucs drafted just three players who were named to the Pro Bowl (Martin Gramatica, Davin Joseph, Gerald McCoy), but some recent picks have plenty of promise in the form of Doug Martin (who made the Pro Bowl as a rookie), Lavonte David and Mark Barron.

So, without further ado, here are the best draft picks the Bucs have made in each round over the course of their history.  Keep in mind that only their performance during the time they played for the Buccaneers was considered in making this list.


All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

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