5 Biggest NFL Draft Blunders in Tampa Bay Buccaneers History

5 Biggest NFL Draft Blunders in Tampa Bay Buccaneers History

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The NFL Draft is where championship teams are made. Making the correct draft choice can make your team a Super Bowl contender for years to come. On the other hand, a bad draft choice can set your franchise back for multiple seasons. Every team has their share of bad decisions on draft day. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the biggest draft mistakes in the history of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

5. Drafting Brian Price in 2010

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5. Drafting Brian Price in 2010

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In the second round of the 2010 draft, Tampa Bay selected DL Brian Price. He was only with Tampa Bay for a season and a half and did not contribute much at all. What really hurt for the Buccaneers were the players taken after Price in round two of the draft. Those players include Rob Gronkowski, T.J. Ward, Sean Lee, Ben Tate and Golden Tate.

4. Drafting Carnell Williams 5th overall in 2005

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4. Drafting Carnell Williams 5th overall in 2005

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Carnell Williams had a great start to his NFL career and looked to be a great selection for Tampa Bay. In 2007 Williams suffered a knee injury and was never the same. Other players who went in the 2005 first round include DeMarcus Ware, Aaron Rodgers and Roddy White.

3. Drafting Keith McCants over Junior Seau in 1990

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3. Drafting Keith McCants over Junior Seau in 1990

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In 1990, Tampa Bay selected DL Keith McCants with the 4th overall pick. McCants played only two seasons with the Buccaneers. The 5th overall pick in 1990 was Junior Seau. Seau played 20 seasons in the NFL and had 1,849 tackles.

2. Drafting Gaines Adams over Adrian Peterson in 2007

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2. Drafting Gaines Adams over Adrian Peterson in 2007

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In 2007, Tampa Bay used the 4th overall pick on DL Gaines Adams. He did contribute to the Buccaneers defense but was only with the team for two seasons before being traded. With the 7th overall pick, the Minnesota Vikings selected Adrian Peterson who is still one of the top RBs in football.

1. Drafting Ricky Bell over Tony Dorsett in 1977

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1. Drafting Ricky Bell over Tony Dorsett in 1977

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In 1977, Tampa Bay had the No. 1 pick in the draft. They used that pick on RB Ricky Bell. Bell played six seasons in the NFL and rushed for 3,063 yards with 16 touchdowns. With the second overall pick, the Dallas Cowboys selected RB Tony Dorsett. Dorsett played 12 seasons in the NFL, rushing for 12,739 yards and scoring 92 touchdowns. Dorsett was also inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994.


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