Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2009 Draft: A Quick Look Back at the 2009 Draft Class

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2009 Draft: A Quick Look Back at the 2009 Draft Class
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Josh Freeman was the third quarterback taken in the 2009 NFL draft—the first quarterback taken inthe first round by the Bucs since Trent Dilfer in 1994.

It's one of the greatest offseason spectacles in all of sports. It's evaluation, dissection and analysis. Speculation and hypothesis. Projection and prediction.

The NFL draft awakens NFL fans in the depths of the offseason. They exhume jerseys buried deep in spring closets and ignite dormant grills to celebrate and scrutinize what may or may not be the future of their beloved franchise: the incoming draft class.

While first-round picks get tossed under microscopes almost immediately, second- and third-rounders wade beneath clouds of limited expectations and hopes of over-achievement.

Meanwhile, those drafted in Rounds 4-7 enjoy little expectation (and smaller rookie salaries), largely free of scrutiny and destined for backup duties and specialty positions.

But unless an early pick becomes a complete bust or a late-rounder makes other teams regret not drafting him, very little is thought of a player's draft position once the lights of Radio City Music Hall dim and the season begins.

Given the results, everyone knows Ryan Leaf was selected No. 2 overall and Tom Brady waited until the sixth round to get off the board.

It's an inexact science, to say the least.

And the Buccaneers have had successes and failures.

Derrick Brooks, Ronde Barber and Warren Sapp are future Hall of Famers. Lee Roy Selmon and Steve Young (supplemental draft) are already there. Doug Williams may still have a shot.

Bo Jackson is arguably the greatest athlete of all time. Vinny Testaverde played for 20 years in the NFL for seven different teams. And don't forget the franchise's all-time leading rusher, James Wilder, along with Mike Alstott, Paul Gruber and John Lynch, all solid draft picks to say the least.

But Michael Clayton is unemployed. Reidel Anthony, Kenyatta Walker and Gaines Adams just never emerged. Broderick Thomas and Charles McCrae never really panned out either.

The draft is a wild animal, and few have mastered the art of taming it.

Here's a look back the the Buccaneers' 2009 draft to see how they did.

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