The 2007 Buccaneer draft review
1
Gaines
Adams
2
Arron
Sears
2
Sabby
Piscitelli
3
Quincy
Black
4
Tanard
Jackson
5
Greg
Peterson
6
Adam
Hayward
7
Chris
Denman
7
Marcus
Hamilton
7
Kenneth
Darby

RdSelectionPos
1Gaines AdamsDG
2Arron SearsG
2(from Indianapolis) Sabby PiscitelliS
3Quincy BlackLB
4Tanard JacksonS
5Greg PetersonDE
6to NY Jets for TE Doug Jolley
6Adam HaywardLB
7Chris DenmanT
7Marcus HamiltonCB
7Kenneth DarbyRB
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The additional 2nd round pick from the Indianapolis Colts came in the Anthony McFarland trade. The extra 6th round pick came from the Minnesota Vikings in a swop of 4th round picks. The two additional 7th round picks were compensatory ones. The Bucs picked 4th in the first round and then 3rd and 4th henceforth.

1 - DE - Gaines Adams - Clemson - Bust
The first defensive player taken in the draft who came on strong in the second half of his rookie season but then seemed to regress and became the brunt of the boo birds at home games and on local radio. Was eventually traded to the Bears for a 2010 2nd round pick but tragically died of a heart problem in January 2010.

2 - G - Arron Sears - Tennessee - OK pick
Another young talent for the young Buccaneer offensive line. Started all but one game at left guard in his first two NFL seasons and a unanimous choice to the All-Rookie teams around the NFL. Missed the 2009 due to personal off-field reasons and was then released.

2 - S - Sabby Piscitelli - Oregon State - Poor pick
Became a starter during his second season and then was the regular strong safety in 2009 but had a tendency to miss open field tackles and take bad angles on plays. Lost his starting job during 2010 camp and after half a season as a back-up, was then released.

3 - LB - Quincy Black - New Mexico - Good pick
Played all but one game on special teams over his first two seasons and ranked third on that unit as a rookie in tackles with 17. Became the starting weakside linebacker in 2009 and showed all the speed and versatility required in a Tampa-2 cover linebacker. His career ended in 2012 after sustaining a serious neck injury against San Diego.

4 - S - Tanard Jackson - Syracuse - Good pick
Spent parts of five seasons as the starting free safety only missing games through NFL suspensions for failing substance abuse tests. Was released in April 2012 after failing a team physical. Was considered the steal of the 2007 draft who started at every game at free safety and was a unanimous All-Rookie selection around the league. Had started for three seasons at Syracuse at cornerback but switched positions at the Senior Bowl which is where the Bucs coached him.

5 - DT - Greg Peterson - North Carolina Central - OK pick
Played in 10 games during his rookie season before being placed on IR before the season finale with the Panthers. Recorded 1.5 sacks in limited playing time as part of the defensive line rotation and also played extensively on the kick coverage units. Was eventually waived in training camp before his third NFL season.

6 - LB - Adam Hayward - Portland State - Good pick
Remains the captain of the Buccaneer special teams and made two more starts at strong side linebacker when other players were out injured. Is the active leader in the special teams tackles category albeit some way behind Jeff Gooch's franchise lead. Was named the team's Man of the Year in 2010 for his extensive charitable and off-field work.

7 - T - Chris Denman - Fresno State - Wasted pick
Placed on Injured Reserve during pre-season and hence missed the entire campaign. Nicknamed "The Mortician" in college and the name stuck during training camp. Did not make the 2008 team out of training camp.

7 - CB - Marcus Hamilton - Virginia - OK pick
The only member of the 2007 draft squad that did not make the Buccaneers in some form out of training camp. Was signed to the practice squad however and re-signed a futures contract at the termination of the 2007 season and was activated to the main roster for the Chicago road game in September 2008. Was then claimed on waivers by the Bears but came back to play one further game in 2009.

7 - RB - Kenneth Darby - Alabama - OK pick
Spent most of the season on the developmental squad but twice brought up to the main roster and played in the season finale with the Panthers as his first official NFL appearance. Did not make the 2008 team out of camp but saw extensive action late in that season with the St.Louis Rams.

Summing up 2007
A pretty appalling Gruden-Allen draft with two of the top three picks proving to be busts and Arron Sears ending up out of the league within three years too.