Earlier in the week, FOXSportsFlorida.com looked back at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ draft history and selected the 10 worst picks. Today, we take a look at the brighter side of the draft, the picks that provided Tampa Bay with the most value.
What constitutes a value pick? Combine how the player performed for the Bucs in regards to where he was picked in the NFL draft.
Dotson gave the Bucs four good seasons on the defensive line from 1992 to 1995. He played in 64 games (46 starts) and earned 23 sacks, including a career-high 10 as a rookie. He also had 195 tackles and five forced fumbles before joining the Green Bay Packers before the 1996 season.
9. MIKE WILLIAMS, WR, SYRACUSE (2010, FOURTH ROUND, 101ST OVERALL)
His recent troubles aside, Williams became a productive pick before he was traded to the Buffalo Bills in April. He had two seasons with at least 900 yards receiving, in 2010 and 2012, on his way to finishing with 2,947 yards receiving and 25 touchdowns in his four seasons with the Bucs. Off-the-field concerns dropped him lower in the draft than he should have gone, and those are the same reasons why he no longer wears pewter and red. But he showed glimpses that made him a solid No. 2 target behind Vincent Jackson.
8. IAN BECKLES, G, INDIANA (1990, FIFTH ROUND, 114TH OVERALL)
He became a consistent, dependable presence on the offensive line during his time with Tampa Bay from 1990 to 1996. He played in 101 games (97 starts) with the Bucs and was a starter at right guard for the full 16-game schedule during the 1990, 1991 and 1994 seasons. He finished his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles by playing 25 games there during the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
He stands 10th on the Bucs’ all-time receiving list with 239 catches and 3,443 yards after a career that spanned from 1981 to 1987. His best season came in 1984, when he had 60 catches for 816 yards and five touchdowns. He also added five touchdown catches in 1987, when he closed with 586 yards receiving on 38 receptions.
6. CHIDI AHANOTU, DE, CALIFORNIA (1993, SIXTH ROUND, 145TH OVERALL)
He rose as one of the Bucs’ most productive defensive linemen during some of the franchise’s best years. He had 333 tackles and 34.5 sacks in his career with the team from 1993 to 2000 and 2004. He earned a career-best 10 sacks with 48 tackles in 1997. Other than that season, he finished with no more sacks in a single year than the 6.5 he earned in 1999.
5. TONY MAYBERRY, C, WAKE FOREST (1990, FOURTH ROUND, 108TH OVERALL)
He was an anchor on the Bucs’ offensive line for a majority of a decade. He played in 160 games with 145 starts in his career with Tampa Bay from 1990 to 1999. It’s difficult to project an offensive lineman’s long-term endurance, but Mayberry started all 16 regular-season games from 1991 to 1999.
4. MIKE ALSTOTT, FB, PURDUE (1996, SECOND ROUND, 35TH OVERALL)
Usually, teams expect many things from their second-round picks. However, even the Bucs had to be pleased by what they received from Alstott. He finished with 5,088 yards rushing and 2,284 yards receiving in a career that spanned from 1996 to 2006. He became known for his physical rushing style that served him well throughout his NFL career.
3. JOHN LYNCH, S, STANFORD (1993, THIRD ROUND, 82ND OVERALL)
His resume speaks for itself: A nine-time Pro Bowl player, a four-time All-Pro, a linchpin of the secondary that helped the Bucs win Super Bowl XXXVII. It’s hard to imagine those dominant Bucs defenses of the late 1990s and early 2000s without him, though he was undersized most of his career. From 1993 to 2003, he grew into one of the best the Bucs had to offer.
2. RONDE BARBER, CB, VIRGINIA (1997, THIRD ROUND, 66TH OVERALL)
He became one of the greatest iron men in Bucs history. His career with the team from 1997 to 2012 included five Pro Bowl berths and three All-Pro selections. He finished with 1,234 tackles, 47 interceptions, 28 sacks, 15 forced fumbles and the respect of teammates young and old. Looking for value? Barber was an obvious example.
1. DAVID LOGAN, DT, PITTSBURGH (1979, 12TH ROUND, 307TH OVERALL)
The Bucs couldn’t have asked for more than what they received from Logan. He rose from a low-round selection into a formidable presence on the defensive line, collecting 28.3 sacks in his career with Tampa Bay from 1979 to 1986. He started all 16 regular-season games from 1983 to 1986, and he was named an All-Pro after the 1983 and 1984 seasons. He finished his NFL career with the Green Bay Packers in 1987.