The 1990 Buccaneer draft review
1
Keith
McCants
2
Reggie
Cobb
4
Jesse
Anderson
4
Tony
Mayberry
5
Ian
Beckles
6
Derrick
Douglas
7
Donnie
Gardner
9
Terry
Cook
10
Mike
Busch
11
Terry
Anthony
12
Todd
Hammel

RdSelectionPos
1Keith McCantsLB
2Reggie CobbRB
3traded to San Diego for RB Gary Anderson
4Jesse AndersonTE
4(from Denver) Tony MayberryC
5Ian BecklesG
6Derrick DouglasRB
7Donnie GardnerDE
8traded to L.A. Rams
9Terry CookDE
10Mike BuschTE
11Terry AnthonyWR
12Todd HammelQB
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After picking in the 4th spot in the first round, the Bucs drafted 6th, 5th and 4th in subsequent rounds. The additional 4th round pick came from the Denver Broncos in return for DE Ron Holmes. The 8th round pick went to the Rams as part of the 1989 draft day deal for a bunch of late round selections.

1 - LB - Keith McCants - Alabama - Terrible pick
With the fourth overall selection, Ray Perkins took a player he recruited for The Crimson Tide. And thereby by-passed Junior Seau who went fifth to the Chargers. McCants couldn't play linebacker in the pros nor could he play defensive end. He wound up being cut in camp in 1993 for loafing through a practice and thereby getting in a fight with Hardy Nickerson. McCants will go down as one of the worst picks in franchise history. Perkins' attitude when told McCants was also an injuy risk in being drafted was that if he did not work out. he would not be around as the coach to have to deal with it.

2 - RB - Reggie Cobb - Tennessee - Good pick
Did a good job for the Bucs over four seasons including a 1,000-yard campaign in 1991. Had been a bit of a gamble coming out of college having had some rumoured drug problems, but was pretty much a model citizen in Tampa Bay.

3 - traded to San Diego for RB Gary Anderson - Poor trade
The Bucs wound up giving away 2nd and 3rd round picks for Anderson who had been a star with the Tampa Bay Bandits in the USFL but who was well past his best by the time he arrived in Tampa. Wound up an overpaid kick returner by the end of his career with the Buccaneers.

4 - TE - Jesse Anderson - Mississippi State - Poor pick
Ray Perkins really did like picking players from SEC colleges which he knew from his Alabama days. And he really knew how to blow draft picks on players who never did anything substantial for the Bucs too.

4 - C - Tony Mayberry - Wake Forest - Excellent pick
Played a decade for the Buccaneers and started 145 games at center including two Pro Bowl trips at the end of his career. Replaced long-time starter Randy Grimes after a season of watching and learning.

5 - G - Ian Beckles - Indiana - Excellent pick
Played seven seasons in Tampa and started nearly 100 games at guard before moving on to Philadelphia. Now a local sports radio host and media personality in the Tampa area who was never as good though as he likes to make out.

6 - RB - Derrick Douglas - Louisiana Tech - Poor pick
Active for one game but never actually set foot on the field as a Buccaneer. Did make it into two games for the Cleveland Browns the following season. Was an honorable mention All-American as a college senior.

7 - DE - Donnie Gardner - Kentucky - Wasted pick
Never played a down for the Buccaneers. Played in 10 games for the 1991 Miami Dolphins and a recorded a sack. Another Ray Perkins' SEC-draft pick and another one that didn't impress in the pros either.

8 - traded to L.A. Rams for three additional 1989 picks - Wasted trade
Because none of them made the roster.

9 - DE - Terry Cook - Fresno State - Wasted pick
Never played a down for the Buccaneers. Never played football in the NFL at all. Transferred from junior college and hence only played two years at Division 1-A level. Was 26 when drafted as worked for four years before attending college.

10 - TE - Mike Busch - Iowa State - Wasted pick
Never played a down for the Buccaneers. Went to pursue a career in baseball and briefly made it into the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the mid 1990s. Has recently been a minor league coach.

11 - WR - Terry Anthony - Florida State - OK pick
At least he made the roster even if his Buccaneer career amounted to a grand total of 10 games and four catches. Had been highly successful in the Seminoles' pro offense and was a popular pick with the Florida fans.

12 - QB - Todd Hammel - Stephen F Austin - Wasted pick
Never played a down for the Buccaneers. Never played football in the NFL at all. Posted monster passing numbers at a Division 1-AA college and had over 5,300 yards passing in his senior season alone. The pro game was a different ballgame of course.

Summing up 1990
Another poor draft although the mid-round selections of Mayberry and Beckles prevent it being a total disaster. McCants was a monumental bust, the trade for Anderson was a poor one and Ray Perkins was on his way out of Tampa before the end of the season.