Directly after the 2012 NFL draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were give high grades by most media outlets. With three picks in the first two rounds, it was easy to see the upside potential from these rookies.
No one knew just how good and how quickly safety Mark Barron, running back Doug Martin and linebacker Lavonte David would explode.
David leads the team in tackles, with Barron behind him in third place. Martin, with 794 yards rushing, is third in the NFL in yards. This trio has performed beyond expectations.
"The things they've been able to do so early on have been extraordinary,'' third-year defensive tackle Gerald McCoy told the Tampa Tribune Monday, less than 24 hours after Tampa Bay beat the Raiders 42-32 to snap an 0-5 mark at Oakland.