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Top 10 Draft Picks in Buccaneers History

10 Hugh Green

Green played 5 years in Tampa and made two pro bowls. His career in Tampa was cut short by injures. Leading the team to trade him away. But Green still put up good numbers with the Buccs. 54 games played 12.5 sacks, five interceptions, and two career touchdowns.

9 John Lynch

Lynch played 11 years in Tampa making 5 pro bowls 4 all pro teams. Made 6 sacks and 23 interceptions with the Buccs. Always a fan favorite in Tampa was the first player to wear a microphone during the Super Bowl.

8 James Wilder

Wilder is the teams all time in rushing yards with 5957 and receptions with 430. The work horse of the 80’s for the buccaneers. Wilder set league records for carries in game with 43, carries in a season 407 and touches with 492 all in 1984. Thi was James only pro bowl and all pro season in the NFL.

7 Ronde Barber

Ronde is a 5 time pro bowler 3 time all pro selection. The Buccaneers all-time leader in interceptions with 43 returning 7 for touchdowns. Ronde has made 1140 tackles, 27 sacks which is the most ever by a cornerback, most consecutive starts at cornerback in NFL history, and named to the all decade team for the 2000’s.

6 Tony Mayberry

Mayberry played ten years for the Buccaneers from 1990 till 1999 at center. A three time pro bowler played 160 career games. Including the last 144 to end his career. Mayberry only missed starts of his career was during his rookie year.

5 Mike Alstott

The A-Train did more than just run over would be tacklers. In his 11 year career Mike piled up 5088 yards and 71 total touchdowns. Led the way for 6 pro bowls and 4 all pro selections. In the late 90’s was a big part of the Buccs ground and pound offence. Also part of the 2002 Super Bowl team.

4 Paul Gruber

Gruber was about the only solid good thing for the Buccs in the late 80’s thru early 90’s. Started in 183 straight games a franchise record until it was broke by Derrick Brooks. Three time all pro selection. If Gruber didn’t play on some of the worst teams in Tampa history some people think he could have a shot at the Hall of Fame

3 Derrick Brooks

The silent force in the Tampa defense. The linebacker tackled everything that moved. Played 14 years for the Buccs. In that time piled up 1,715 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 25 interceptions, and 6 touchdowns. 11 time pro bowler, 9 time all pro, Super Bowl Champion,  2000 Walter Paton Man of the Year winner, 2002 AP NFL Defensive Player of the year, and All Decade Team for the 2000’s.

2 Warren Sapp

The mouth that led the turnaround in Tampa. Sapp a seven time pro bowler all with the Buccaneers, four time first team all pro, 1999 NFL Defensive Player of the year, and named to the NFL’s all decade team for the 1990’s and 2000’s. Sapp’s 96.5 career sacks are 2nd most in NFL history for a Defensive Tackle. 77 of those sacks came in Tampa. Sapp won a Super Bowl in Tampa in 2002. With all that Sapp did in his career it’s no wonder that during the 1995 Draft Jet fans chanted “we want Sapp!”

1 Lee Roy Selmon

The only Buccaneer currently in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Of course Lee Roy will be at the top of this list. The first pick in franchise history. Selmon was a six time pro bowler, one time first team all pro. Selmon played nine years with the Buccaneers. Only credited with 23 career sacks, but played most of his career before sacks were a credited stat. Played a major role in 1979 team that made it all the way to the NFC Championship game. At the time it was the fast that an expansion team had made it that far in the playoffs.





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