Backdraft: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Backdraft: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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BACKDRAFT SERIES: For 16 days leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft, we're rolling out capsule draft histories of each of the 32 NFL Teams.


Backdraft Series
Apr. 12 - Packers | Steelers
Apr. 13 - Bears | Jets
Apr. 14- Patriots | Falcons
Apr. 15- Ravens | Seahawks
Apr. 16- Saints | Eagles
Apr. 17- Colts | Chiefs
Apr. 18- Buccaneers | Giants
Apr. 19- Chargers | Raiders
Apr. 20- Jaguars | Dolphins
Apr. 21- Rams | Lions
Apr. 22- Vikings | Texans
Apr. 23- Redskins | Cowboys
Apr. 24- Titans | 49ers
Apr. 25- Browns | Cardinals
Apr. 26- Bengals | Bills
Apr. 27- Broncos | Panthers
2011 Draft Position:
• 20


First-Ever Draft Pick:

Lee Roy Selmon, DE, Oklahoma (1st Round, 1st overall, in 1976)


Most Recent Draft Pick:

• Erik Lorig, DE, Stanford (7th round, 253rd overall, in 2010)


Hall of Famers Drafted:

• Lee Roy Selmon - 1st Round (1st overall), 1976
Steve Young - 1st Round (1st overall) in 1984 supplemental draft


First Overall Pick in the NFL Draft:

• 1987 – Vinny Testaverde, QB, Miami (FL)
• 1986 – Bo Jackson, RB, Auburn
• 1977 – Ricky Bell, RB, Southern California
• 1976 – Lee Roy Selmon, DE, Oklahoma

Ricky Bell Lee Roy Selmon Warren Sapp
Did you know?
The Bucs owned the first overall pick in their first three drafts after joining the NFL as an expansion team in 1976. The Bucs selected future Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon the first year, then drafted Southern Cal running back Ricky Bell one year later. In 1978, Tampa Bay dealt the coveted pick to the Houston Oilers. In return, the Bucs received tight end Jimmie Giles, the Oilers first- and second- round picks (that turned into QB Doug Williams and G Brett Moritz) that year along with third- and fifth-round pick in '79 (DE Reggie Lewis and QB Chuck Fusina).

The Oilers selected Heisman Trophy winner and future Hall of Famer Earl Campbell with the acquired first overall pick



Bucs General Manager Rich McKay was ecstatic after working a couple of trades in 1995 to lay the foundation for their future defense. Tampa Bay traded with Philadelphia and moved down from the 7th spot to 12th overall and selected DT Warren Sapp. Then, the Bucs worked a deal with the Dallas Cowboys to acquire the 28th pick and drafted linebacker Derrick Brooks.

"On defense, we felt the first two picks with Sapp and Brooks - there just isn't going to be a lot of adjustment period," predicted McKay. "Derrick Brooks probably knew as much about the defense as defensive coordinators in the NFL.
"And Sapp... I don't have any question Mr. Sapp will be ready to go Day One."



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