With the draft just three months away it’s time for a little bit of Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft history. Since the inception of the franchise in 1976, the Buccaneers have never drafted a player at the third overall spot in the first round of the NFL draft. The team has selected first overall four times: 1976 (Lee Roy Selmon), 1977 (Ricky Bell), 1986 (Bo Jackson), 1987 (Vinny Testaverde). The team has also never drafted a player second overall, ninth overall or tenth overall to round out the top ten selections.
The State of Florida has been a hot bed of sorts when it comes to the Bucs and drafting over the years with the team using 29 out of 349 of there picks on players who played collegiately in the State of Florida . The Bucs have chosen eight players from the University of Florida with the highest drafted player being that of tackle Kenyatta Walker, nine from Florida State University with OLB Derrick Brooks and RB Warrick Dunn being the most prominent figures. The team chose twelve players from the University of Miami with Vinny Testaverde and Warren Sapp being the most note worthy.
However, the State of Florida has not been the most popular state overall when it comes to drafting for the team. That honor goes to Texas with a total of 32 players being drafted from schools in the state. It should be noted the Bucs have never selected a player that played collegiately for a team in the state of Texas in the first round.
With the Bucs being linked to such prominent 2010 draft prospects like Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh, Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy, Tennessee S Eric Berry it’s worth noting that the last time the Bucs selected someone from either of the above mentioned schools in the first round was 1989 Nebraska linebacker Broderick Thomas 6th overall, Oklahoma 2006 guard Davin Joseph 23rd overall, 1976 defensive end Lee Roy Selmon 1st overall, and 1991 Tennessee tackle Charles McRae 7th overall.