The 2012 Buccaneer draft review
Summing up 2012
Still too early to really pass judgement on this draft but Barron has already gone within two seasons which for the 7th overall pick is a true disaster. Martin and David look like really good selections 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.

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
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. Hence having been the seventh overall pick of the 2012 draft, will have to be seen as a bust in terms of performance from such a high draft position. Had been the focal point of an Alabama defense in college that paced the country in scoring defense and total defense in 2011.

1 - RB - Doug Martin - Boise State
Had a second straight disappointing season in 2014 but was again hampered by injuries and missed five games during the year following on from the season-ending shoulder injury he had in 2013. Still wound up leading the team in rushing for the year. 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
Remains one of the top linebackers in the NFL after another excellent season in 2014 albeit one that saw him fall short of the gaudy numbers and NFL recognition he received in 2013. Was 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. A second-team AP All-America selection, he won the Big Tenís Butkus-Fitzgerald Award as the conferenceís top linebacker.

5 - LB - Najee Goode - West Virginia
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 the year with the Philadelphia Eagles making 14 appearances with one start.

6 - CB - Keith Tandy - West Virginia
Has played in all bar one game over the past two seasons primarily on special teams during the 2014 season. Did see some playing time in the season finale and recorded an interception in the process. Made five starts during 2013, 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.

7 - RB - Michael Smith - Utah State
issed the entire 2013 regular season through injury and was released after that season ended. 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.