The 2012 Buccaneer draft review
1
Mark
Barron
1
Doug
Martin
2
Lavonte
David
5
Najee
Goode
6
Keith
Tandy
7
Michael
Smith
7
Drake
Dunsmore
Summing up 2012 - Average
The selection of Barron so high was a surprise and turned out to be a bust when the coaching staff changed after his first two seasons and was traded. Martin was a superstar at times and terrible at others but David was a magnificent choice as was Tandy in the 6th round. A real mixed bag in all.

RdSelectionPos
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 - Poor pick
Started every game he played for the Buccaneers until being traded to the St.Louis Rams in October 2014 when it was clear his style of safety play did not suit the Cover 2 defense that the Bucs began to operate in 2014.

1 - RB - Doug Martin - Boise State - Good pick
Had two outstanding seasons and four disappointing ones but was so good in 2012 and 2015 that you have to consider his selection a good one. Posted the second best rushing season in franchise history in 2012 and established a single-game record with 251 yards in the road win in Oakland.

2 - LB - Lavonte David - Nebraska - Excellent pick
Remains one of the team leaders on defense and has started every game he was healthy for during his NFL career. Was named a 2nd team All-Pro in 2017 following on from his Pro Bowl alternate selections the previous two years. Played in the 2015 game when other players dropped out. Was named a first team All-Pro at outside linebacker in 2013 having been the first player at the position in NFL history to record six interceptions and six sacks in a single season.

5 - LB - Najee Goode - West Virginia - OK pick
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 and went on to play with the Philadelphia Eagles.

6 - CB - Keith Tandy - West Virginia - Excellent pick
Was one of the key members of the special teams units for his six seasons with the Bucs but also played at strong safety on occasions making 15 starts.

7 - RB - Michael Smith - Utah State - Poor pick
Played in just the 2012 season opener as a kick returner and then spent the rest of his rookie season on the gameday inactive list. Missed the entire 2013 season through injury and was released at the end of that year never to play in the NFL again.

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.