The NFL Draft is over, but how did the Tampa Bay Bucs do with their picks? According to most mainstream analysts, pretty darn good: Kiper gave them a B+, CBS gave them an A, and Rob Rang gave them an A-. Overall, it was a pretty solid showing for the Bucs, although the real strength of their draft came within the first three rounds.
Our friends over at Bucs Nation have put together a great summary of the Bucs' draft picks, including some of their own analysis. Enjoy their handiwork:
|Round||Pick||Overall||Player||Grade and analysis|
|1||20||20||DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa||Grade: B+. A physical, violent defensive end he adds some attitude to the Bucs defense, but pass rush is questionable.|
|2||19||51||DE Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson||Grade: A. Bowers dropped because of injury concerns, but the Bucs should still get at least 5 years of top-5 play out of him|
|3||20||84||LB Mason Foster, Washington||Grade: A. Foster is a powerful, downhill linebacker who can play all 3 positions|
|4||7||104||TE Luke Stocker, Tennessee||Grade: C. Stocker will add versatility to the Bucs offense, but they gave up two fourth-rounders to draft him.|
|5||20||151||S Ahmad Black, Florida||Grade: C. Black is small and slow but a natural football player who could develop into a good slot defender. I think he was selected too high.|
|6||22||187||RB Allen Bradford, USC||Grade: D. Bradford is a huge, hard runner who will do good work in short-yardage situations, but I don't see what else he brings to the offense.|
|7||19||222||CB Anthony Gaitor, Florida International||Grade: B A small, feisty cornerback who could come in and play as a dime back. Won't play outside, but could be good as a slot defender|
|7||35||238||TE Greg Hardy, Idaho||
Grade: D. A receiving tight end who will be a backup third-down TE at best.
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