The 2000 Buccaneer draft review
2
Cosey
Coleman
3
Nate
Webster
5
James
Whalen
6
David
Gibson
7
Joe
Hamilton

RdSelectionPos
1from San Diego traded to NY Jets
1Traded to NY Jets for Keyshawn Johnson
2(from Carolina) Cosey ColemanG
2Traded to Carolina
3Nate WebsterLB
4Traded to Carolina
5James WhalenTE
6David GibsonS
7Joe HamiltonQB
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The Bucs drafted alternately 27th and 26th through the seven rounds of the draft. The additional 1st round pick came from San Diego as a result of draft day dealings in 1998. The fourth round pick was traded to Carolina for the chance to swop picks in the 2nd round.


1 - traded to NY Jets for WR Keyshawn Johnson - great trade
When the opportunity arises to acquire an All-Pro player, you take it. The Bucs traded their own No.1 pick and the one they acquired from the Chargers in 1998 for Johnson, the first overall pick from the 1996 draft. Three seasons later, you cannot fault this blockbuster deal on the field, but Keyshawn's off-field antics saw him suspended from the team in 2003 and then traded to Dallas for Joey Galloway in April 2004.

2 - G - Cosey Coleman - Tennessee -
Started for the best part of five seasons at right guard and proved to be a solid, dependable NFL pass and run blocker. Left as a free agent in April 2005 for the Cleveland Browns.

3 - LB - Nate Webster - Miami
Spent three seasons as the back-up middle linebacker behind Jamie Duncan and Shelton Quarles. Was very indisciplined but finally got his chance to start in the NFL when Quarles broke his arm in the pre-season. Moved on to Cincinnati as a free agent and saw more starting time with the Bengals but after retirement, was sentenced to a long prison term for sex offenses.

4 - traded to the Carolina Panthers
This pick was traded as part of a deal to move up several spots in the second round to secure Cosey Coleman.

5 - TE - James Whalen - Kentucky - wasted pick
Never played a down for the Buccaneers. A good receiver but not strong enough to play tight end consistently in the NFL. Saw some time with the Cowboys and also played a season with the Scottish Claymores in NFL Europe.

6 - S - David Gibson - USC - OK pick
Spent two seasons as a back-up at both safety positions and special teams player without ever breaking into the starting line-up. Was traded to the Colts in September 2002 when Tony Dungy's new team needed someone who knew the cover two defense but returned briefly during 2003.

7 - QB - Joe Hamilton - Georgia Tech - OK pick
Tony Dungy saw a lot of himself in Hamilton, an under-sized but productive quarterback in college. Saw three plays in the regular season for the Bucs but did OK in pre-season appearances. Went to NFL Europe in 2002 but after a bright start with the Frankfurt Galaxy, suffered a season-ending knee injury. Went on to play in the Arena League.

Summing up 2000
Keyshawn was proven to be one of the best offensive players in franchise history making the trade of the two No.1 picks worthwhile. Every other pick contributed in some way even if Whalen was away from the Buccaneers, making this draft a positive overall instead of a negative.