The 2012 Buccaneer draft review

1Mark BarronS
1Doug MartinRB
2Lavonte DavidLB
5Najee GoodeLB
6Keith TandyCB
7Michael SmithRB
7Drake DunsmoreTE
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The Bucs picked alternately 5th and 4th through the draft. They swopped picks in the 1st round with Jacksonville and gained an extra 4th round pick. They then traded that pick and a 2nd round pick to Denver for an additional 1st round pick. They traded 3rd and 4th round picks to Houston to gain a 2nd round selection and gained an extra 7th rounder in the process.

1 -S - Mark Barron - Alabama
Missed the final two games of the 2013 season having started the first 30 games he played in the NFL at strong safety. Offers a physical presence in the defensive backfield and his pass coverage skills improved tremendously from his rookie season. Was the focal point of an Alabama defense that paced the country in scoring defense and total defense in 2011.

1 - RB - Doug Martin - Boise State
Was once again proving to be the primary part of the Tampa Bay offense when he injured his shoulder on a reception against the Falcons and was lost for the final 10 games of the season. In 2012, had the most outstanding season of any rookie in Buccaneer history and was named an alternate for the Pro Bowl getting to play when Frank Gore withdrew. Posted the second best rushing season in franchise history and established a single-game record with 251 yards in the road win in Oakland.

2 - LB - Lavonte David - Nebraska
Named a first team All-Pro at outside linebacker having been the first player at the position in NFL history to record six interceptions and six sacks in a single season. Yet was somehow overlooked for the Pro Bowl. Started every game at weakside linebacker and is quickly gaining comparison to Derrick Brooks in Buccaneer history. A second-team AP All-America selection last year, he won the Big Tenís Butkus-Fitzgerald Award as the conferenceís top linebacker.

5 - LB - Najee Goode - West Virginia
Profile Made the 2012 roster for his special teams' abilities having been drafted in the 5th round in April 2012. Only appeared in three games however, the Week 3 loss to Dallas and then the final two games of the season. Did not make the 2013 team out of training camp. A starter during the 2010-2011 seasons for the Mountaineers, he recorded 134 tackles, 8.0 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss. Wore the 50 jersey early in training camp and then switched to 53 once the regular season started.

6 - CB - Keith Tandy - West Virginia
Played in every game as the first extra safety off the bench and made five starts during the year, three at strong safety when Dashon Goldson was out and then the final two at free safety replacing Mark Barron. Recorded his first NFL interception in the Seattle game and added two more against Detroit and Carolina. Made the 2012 team for his special teams skills as well as a back-up safety. Played in nine games in those roles and had a carry for 18 yards on a fake punt during the road game in New Orleans. Started 40 games during his four years in college with the Mountaineers with 188 tackles, 13 interceptions and 24 passes defensed.

7 - RB - Michael Smith - Utah State
Missed the entire 2013 regular season through injury. Had been active for just the first game of the 2012 season where he returned kickoffs and then spent the rest of the season as a gameday inactive. Had 26 carries for 83 yards in the pre-season and a bunch of good kick returns including a 74-yarder in the opening game against Miami, His big-play ability was evident in his career 7.1 yards per carry at Utah State and his 15 touchdowns in just 184 carries.

7 - TE - Drake Dunsmore - Northwestern - wasted pick
Did not make the full roster out of training camp but spent the entire year on the practice squad and was re-signed at the culmination of the 2012 season. Retired from pro football in April 2013.

Summing up 2012
Way too early to pass judgement on this draft class so far but the top three of Barron, Martin and David all look to be absolute blue-chippers and makes the trading of 3rd and 4th round picks in deals to get them worthwhile too. Keith Tandy made the roster and has done well for a late round selection as well.