The 2008 Buccaneer draft review

1Aqib TalibCB
2Dexter JacksonWR
3Jeremy ZuttahG
4Dre MooreDT
5Josh JohnsonQB
6Geno HayesLB
7Cory BoydRB
7Traded to Kansas City for Michael Bennett
7Traded to Denver for QB Jake Plummer
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An additional 5th round pick came from the Jacksonville Jaguars in a swop of 2nd round picks. This was then surrendered to Chicago in a swop of 4th round picks but a 6th round pick gained in return. An additional 7th round pick came from the New England Patriots in a swop of 5th round picks. A 6th round pick was traded to Kansas City in 2007 for RB Michael Bennett. A 7th round pick was traded to Denver for QB Jake Plummer. There were no conmpensatory picks. The Bucs picked 20th in the first round and then 21st and 20th henceforth.

1 - CB - Aqib Talib - Kansas - Good pick
One of the poster boys for franchise bad behaviour with an off-season rap sheet for misdemeanours and arrests before the Bucs finally tired of his antics and traded him to New England in October 2012. On the field he was one of the best cover corners the franchise has ever had but the price for such talent was too high to pay. The highest ever cornerback selected by the franchise and only the 2nd time a first round pick has been used on a corner (Rod Jones 1986).

2 - WR/KR- Dexter Jackson - Appalachian State - Bust
Will go down as one of the biggest draft busts in franchise history after failing to have a single NFL reception in his seven games before being released in training camp 2009. Was inactive for the final nine games of his rookie season and had a reputation of not being tough enough for the pro game. Did not even adapt to the NFL style of returning kicks in spite of taking a punt back for a touchdown in the final pre-season game in Houston.

3 - G - Jeremy Zuttah - Rutgers - Excellent pick
Has done a solid job starting at both guard and center and also when filling in through injury during his years with the Buccaneers and is the essential player on every good offensive line who can play pretty much every position when required.

4 - DT - Dre Moore - Maryland - Poor pick
Spent the entire 2008 season on the practice squad but made it on to the active roster throughout 2009 but without having much of an impact in the process. Did not make the 2010 team out of training camp.

5 - QB - Josh Johnson - San Diego - Good pick
Spent two and a half seasons as the Bucs' No.2 QB behind Josh Freeman having started four games in 2009 including the Wembley game against New England. Saw a fair amount of time as a wildcat QB and deep receiving threat but never actually caught a pass. Was inactive for every game during his rookie 2008 season having been kept on the roster all year as a fourth quarterback. Left Tampa Bay as a free agent in March 2012 to rejoin his former college coach Jim Harbaugh in San Francisco but wound up becoming a back-up in Cleveland and then Cincinnati.

6 - LB - Geno Hayes - Florida State - Excellent pick
Spent three seasons as the starting weakside linebacker but his play fell off during his final season in 2011 and hence was allowed to leave as a free agent after that campaign. Had made the 2008 team as a back-up linebacker and special teams coverage man and was excelling in both areas and scored a touchdown on a punt block before being placed on IR at mid-season. Went on to play a year with Chicago and then started 14games in 2013 for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

7 - RB - Cory Boyd - South Carolina - Wasted pick
Was injured between the draft and the start of training camp so never actually suited up for the Buccaneers at any time.

7 - Traded to Denver for Jake Plummner - Wasted trade
Looked to be a good deal on paper but Plummer decided to retire from the NFL completely so turned out to be a wasted pick. The Bucs did get a portion of his signing bonus back though!

Summing up 2008
Talib and Zuttah were both excellent picks in terms of on-field production although questions marks have to be raised after stories of Talib's behaviour were well-known going into the draft. Johnson and Hayes were excellent later round selections but the horrendous reach on Dexter Jackson will remain one of the worst picks in franchise history.