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2012 NFL Power Rankings: Buccaneers Rank 26th In Poll

Any time a team earns a selection in the top five in the NFL Draft, the expectations for that team in the following year are usually pretty low. While the Buccaneers ultimately selected seventh in the 2012 NFL Draft, they did earn the fifth overall selection with a 4-12 record before trading it to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

That's why it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone to see the Buccaneers rank towards the bottom of most power rankings, including the latest from ProFootballTalk. The website ranks the Bucs as the 26th best team in the NFL, but speaks of the potential impact of new head coach Greg Schiano.

Greg Schiano made an immediate imprint on his team, bringing a college-style structure to a team that sorely needed some kind of discipline.

Unfortunately for the Buccaneers, though, they play in the, always tough, NFC South that will likely include the Falcons and Saints battling for the division title and the significantly improved Panthers just behind.

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