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Welcome To the Bucs, Ahmad Black

The most intriguing pick for the Bucs is obviously Da’Quan Bowers, but the player with the most upside could be strong safety Ahmad Black.

He plays bigger than his 5’9″ frame, is a tremendously sound tackler and showed great leadership as he led their secondary through a tough season last year at Florida. The great closing speed, even running downhill, is what could be very useful in a division that has play-callers (Sean Payton, Mike Mularkey) and a gunslinger (Cam Newton) that like to take shots down the field.

Another thing I like about him is his love for victory. He made seven interceptions in his sophomore year, including a backbreaker in the BCS Championship Game that year against Oklahoma. He was a team captain in 2010 and had considered leaving for the pros after the 2009 season but desired to atone for the “embarrassing” loss in the SEC Championship Game the year prior.

When a player comes from a big program, that can sometimes cause an uneasy adjustment when coming to the pros because nothing comes easy there. Ahmad Black’s work ethic erases any worries about that.

The future at safety could be Cody Grimm and Ahmad Black. The amazing thing is they only spent 7th and 5th round picks on them.



  1. totallyreal

    May 8, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Did you mean Mike Mularky?

    Gotta love terrible writing combined with a tired take and incorrect information.

  2. Chris Bach

    May 8, 2011 at 1:58 am

    Yes, I thought it was wrong as I typed it but was about to fall asleep.

    I appreciate the correction and am actually a fan of his.

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