Can the Bucs avoid catastrophe this time?

by Gary Shelton on April 25, 2019 · 0 comments

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Can Arians' first pick be a keeper?

Thursday, 4 a.m.

Help is available. The problem is finding it.

And here the Bucs are again, back at the players' market, shopping for size, for speed, for skill. Often, they don't draft any of it.

Devin White?

Quinnen Williams?

Josh Allen?

Ed Oliver?

None of the above?

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If you look at the depth chart, you might notice there is a need for all of them. And for Greedy Williams and for Brian Burns and for Josh Jacobs and for a few others. But that's been one of the fatal flaws of the Bucs: They always feel as if they're in control right before they spin out of it.

The Bucs will pick fifth in tonight's draft, a solid enough position to find a pro bowler. But the Bucs have messed up high draft picks before. '

Even now, the public seems to be saying the team needs a new quarterback. The tea doesn't seem to think so.

The public wonders about the offensive line, or a running back, or a even a wide receiver corps that has been shredded by the off-season. The team also needs another defensive end, a linebacker and a handful of cornerbacks.

So who do they take? White makes a lot of sense. Recent speculation has had Williams or Allen falling to them. Some people want them to draft Ed Oliver to replace Gerald McCoy. Others want the Bucs to trade back and pick up extra picks rather than take an impact player.

Who do they avoid? Gaines Adams and Keith McCants and Ray Snell and Sabby Piscatelli and Josh Freeman.

Do they trade? Their history there isn't so good either. If they didn't trade, they could have stood pat and drafted Dan Marino instead of Booker Reese. They could have had Dan Hampton instead of Wally Chambers.

Remember this: History tells us that there are a lot more bad choices out there than good ones.

But isn't it time the Bucs got one right?

Year            Pick               On the Board

1976          Lee Roy Selmon            Selmon

1977          Ricky Bell               Tony Dorsett

1978          Trade -- Doug Williams    Earl Campbell

1979          Trade -- Wally Chambers    Dan Hampton

1980         Ray Snell                   Ray Donaldson

1981          Hugh Green                      Ronnie Lott

1982         Sean Farrell                        Roy Foster

1983          Trade -- Booker Reese     Dan Marino

1984          Trade -- Jack Thompson    Wilber Marshall

1985          Ron Holmes                Jerry Rice

1986          Bo Jackson                Tony Casillas

1987          Vinny Testaverde.         Cornelius Bennett

1988          Paul Gruber               Randall McDaniel

1989         Broderick Thomas           Steve Atwater

1990         Keith McCants             Junior Seau

1991          Charles McRae             Herman Moore

1992          Trade -- Chris Chandler   Troy Vincent

1993          Eric Curry                Willie Roaf

1994          Trent Dilfer              Larry Allen

1995          Trade -- Warren Sapp      Sapp

1996.         Regan Upshaw              Ray Lewis

1997          Warrick Dunn             Tony Gonzalez

1998          Trade -- Jacquez Green   Alan Faneca

1999          Anthony McFarland        Damien Woody

2000         Trade -- Keyshawn Johnson  Tom Brady

2001         Kenyatta Walker          Steve Hutchinson

2002        Trade -- Jon Gruden    Gruden

2003         Trade -- Jon Grude      Gruden

2004.        Michael Clayton          Vince Wilfork

2005         Cadillac Williams        DeMarcus Ware

2006         Davin Joseph.            Santonio Holmes

2007         Gaines Adams              Adrian Peterson

2008.        Aqib Talib                Jordy Nelson

2009         Josh Freeman              Clay Matthews

2010         Gerald McCoy          Jason Pierre-Paul

2011         Adrian Clayborn           Mark Ingram

2012         Mark Barron              Luke Kuechley

2013         Trade -- Darrell Revis    Sheldon Richardson

2014         Mike Evans              Aaron Donald

2015         Jameis Winston            Todd Gurley

2016         Vernon Hargreaves        Laremy Tunsil

2017         O.J. Howard               Howard

2018         Vita Vea                 Derwin James

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