The 2003 Buccaneer draft review
2
Dewayne
White
3
Chris
Simms
4
Austin
King
4
Lance
Nimmo
5
Sean
Mahan
6
Torrie
Cox

RdSelectionPos
1Traded to Oakland for coach Jon Gruden
2DeWayne WhiteDE
3Chris SimmsQB
4(compensatory pick) Austin KingC
4Lance NimmoT
5Sean MahanG
6Torrie CoxCB
7Traded to Miami for T Cornell Green
Click here to review the entire 2003 NFL draft
The Buccaneers selected last in each round as befitting a SuperBowl champion. The first round pick was the next installment in the Jon Gruden trade. The 7th rounder went to Miami for Cornell Green but they gained an additional fourth rounder as a compensatory pick.

> 2 - DE - Dewayne White - Louisville - good pick
Had a good four-year career with the Buccaneers playing mainly as a pass-rushing threat on third downs, although did see more starting action in 2006 when Simeon Rice was hurt. Gained notoriety at the end of 2005 when he blocked a crucial fieldgoal against the Falcons, and then the following week, scored his first NFL touchdown on a sack and fumble return against New Orleans. Had seen more playing time in 2004 and started the final three games at left defensive end after Greg Spires switched to tackle. Played three seasons in Detroit after leaving the Bucs and was then gone from the NFL for good.

3 - QB - Chris Simms - Texas - good pick
Had won the starting quarterback role in 2005 and went into the 2006 season as the undisputed starter before suffering a terrible spleen injury in the home game against Carolina and was placed on IR for the rest of that season. Attempted to make a comeback but was never the same player and was released in camp in 2008 and went on to play briefly for both Tennessee and Denver before leaving the NFL for good. Led the Bucs four times to game-tying or winning scores in the fourth quarter in his 2005 appearances and started the playoff loss to Washington. The son of former Giants' QB and Super Bowl MVP Phil Simms.

4 - C - Austin King - Notre Dame - average pick
Made the team as a primary back-up to John Wade at center but was declared inactive in every game. Was then released in the final roster cutdown in September 2004. Did see some playing time with Atlanta in 2005.

4 - T - Lance Nimmo - West Virginia - wasted pick
Did not make the team out of training camp. Saw time in NFL Europe during the spring of 2004. Played all four years in college and started at left tackle for the Mountaineers as a senior.

5 - G - Sean Mahan - Northwestern - good pick
Released in the 2009 pre-season but was re-signed to start four games when Jeff Faine was out injured. Played on special teams in the following two games but was released during the bye week. Had returned to the Bucs in a pre-season trade in 2008 and played all bar one game on the kick blocking units as well as backing up the interior offensive line. Signed as a free agent with Pittsburgh for 2007 having started every game at right guard in 2005 and much of 2006.

6 - CB - Torrie Cox - Pittsburgh - good pick
Was placed on injured reserve following a knee injury sustained during the 2003 pre-season and hence missed his entire first year in the NFL. Became one of the best kick returners in Buc history during 2004 and remains a top special teams' talent if not a very good cornerback.

7 - traded to the Miami Dolphins for T Cornell Green - good trade
A deal that was made just prior to the start of the 2002 season and one that was done to light a fire under starting tackle Kenyatta Walker. Green, who played briefly for the Claymores, started two games on arriving in Tampa but became a back-up thereafter. Not bad production from a seventh round pick though.

Summing up 2003
Was a pretty solid draft thanks to White, Simms and Mahan all becoming starters. Who knows how good Chris Simms would have been without that spleen injury in 2006. The first round pick becomes part of the "we won a Super Bowl thanks to Jon Gruden" debate, but based on players alone, this draft is now above average.