The Veteran Allocation Draft
To help stock their inaugural rosters, the Buccaneers and Seahawks were each given 39 players from the other NFL teams. No team could lose more than three players in the draft and no real talent was left available for selection. The Seahawks won a coin-toss to gain first selection in the veteran draft and the Bucs won the first pick in the collegiate draft. All they got for that was Lee Roy Selmon.

Bob Moore, a tight end who had appeared in three consecutive AFC Championship Games with the Oakland Raiders, was playing golf with two team-mates when he receivede the news he had been drafted. "I was devastated" he said. "I had no idea where the hell Tampa Bay was. Was it on the West Coast? Was it on the East Coast? I truly didn't know".

Mark Cotney had spent his 1975 rookie season with the Oilers. "The Tampa Bay Bucca-whos?" he said to a local reporter. "I was on a Houston team contending for the Super Bowl. Suddenly I'm one of the castoffs."

Ron Wolf, the Bucs' GM, remembers the expansion draft and the decision to take Bob Moore with the first pick. "We only took Bob Moore because we wanted to trade him for more value. Then we couldn't trade him. He wasn't wild about being in Tampa. We probably bungled that one."
Larry Ball
LB, 6-6, 235
Miami Dolphins
Played the entire season with the Bucs. Was a member of the unbeaten Dolphins team from 1972.
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Joe Blahak
CB, 5-10, 188
Minnesota Vikings
Played the first two games and was then waived. Played in the season finale for New England.
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Bubba Bridges
DT, 6-4, 260
Baltimore Colts
Was in training camp but never made it into the NFL either with the Bucs nor any other team.
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Bubba Broussard
LB, 6-2, 230
Chicago Bears
Had been signed by the Bears almost just to name a player for the expansion draft. Was cut in camp.
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Louis Carter
RB, 5-11, 209
Oakland Raiders
Led the 1976 Bucs in rushing and spent the first three seasons in the Tampa backfield.
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Steve Colavito
LB, 5-11, 224
Philadelphia Eagles
Only played four career NFL games in 1975. Was released in training camp by the Bucs.
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Mark Cotney
S, 6-0, 227
Houston Oilers
A real success story as he played 113 games and 92 starts with the Bucs until 1984.
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Mike Current
T, 6-4, 270
Denver Broncos
Started every game of 1976 at left tackle and was then traded to Miami the following year.
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Anthony Davis
RB, 5-9, 190
New York Jets
Former runner-up in the Heisman who wound up siting out the 1976 season before playing in 1977.
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Ricky Davis
DB, 6-0, 178
Cincinnati Bengals
Played 10 games for the expansion team and holds the record for negative passing yardage.
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Earl Douthitt
DB, 6-2, 189
Chicago Bears
Another mid-1975 season pick-up who was then made available for the Bucs to select.
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Bruce Elia
LB, 6-2, 222
Miami Dolphins
Was a Buccaneer for all of two days before being traded to San Francisco as part of the trade for QB Steve Spurrier on April 2, 1976.
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Larry Ely
LB, 6-1, 225
Chicago Bears
Real journeyman who had played in the CFL and WFL before trying luck without success in Tampa.
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Howard Fest
OL, 6-6, 263
Cincinnati Bengals
Played the first two seasons with the Bucs including starting the entire 1976 season.
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Ira Gordon
G, 6-3, 283
San Diego Chargers
Veteran NFL lineman who was probably past his best when he was left available for this draft.
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Jimmy Gunn
LB, 6-2, 231
New York Giants
Started most of the 1976 season at the linebacker position and made 57 tackles for the team.
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Harold Hart
RB, 6-0, 211
Oakland Raiders
Got injured during training camp and missed the entire season. Did not make the 1977 team.
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Tim Kearney
LB, 6-2, 227
Kansas City Chiefs
Was cut in training camp but then re-signed in time for the home opener with San Diego but did not play a down. Was then released again for good.
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Durwood Keaton
DB, 5-10, 180
New England Patriots
Former NFL and World League journeyman who did not make the 1976 team out of training camp.
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Vince Kendrick
RB, 6-0, 239
Atlanta Falcons
Played only the first game in franchise history and carried the ball once before being released.
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Morris LeGrand
RB, 6-1, 218
New Orleans Saints
Local Tampa product who did not make the 1976 Buccaneer team out of training camp.
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Willie McGee
WR, 5-11, 179
Los Angeles Rams
Along with Bruce Elia, became part of the first trade in franchise history when he was dealt to San Francisco for QB Steve Spurrier.
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John McKay
WR, 5-10, 175
Cleveland Browns
The coach's son and a former USC player who wound up spending three years with the Bucs.
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Bob Moore
TE, 6-2, 229
Oakland Raiders
The first Bucs' pick in the expansion draft who started 12 games in his Tampa career.
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Manfred Moore
RB, 6-0, 199
San Francisco 49ers
Played most of the season and then wound up in the Super Bowl for the Oakland Raiders.
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Dave Reavis
T, 6-5, 250
Pittsburgh Steelers
One of the real success stories of the expansion draft as he played eight seasons for the Bucs.
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Ken Stone
S, 6-1, 180
Washington Redskins
Started every game at safety for the expansion Bucs but that was his only year in Tampa Bay.
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John Ward
G, 6-4, 269
Minnesota Vikings
Former first round pick who started the first three games in Buc history but was gone by mid-season.
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Frank Oliver
DB, 6-0, 198
Buffalo Bills
Played the first four games in franchise history before being released and out of the NFL then for good.
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Dave Pear
DT, 6-2, 248
Baltimore Colts
A great selection. The Bucs' first Pro Bowl player and a three-year starter in Tampa Bay.
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Calvin Peterson
LB, 6-3, 213
Dallas Cowboys
The Bucs weren't aware of his injury problems when they selected him. He lasted five games.
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Council Rudolph
DE, 6-4, 255
St.Louis Cardinals
Started at defensive end for the first two seasons in Buc history and did not miss a game.
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Dan Ryczek
C, 6-3, 250
Washington Redskins
Started at center for most of the first two seasons before being traded to the LA Rams in 1978.
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Barry Smith
WR, 6-1, 195
Green Bay Packers
Former 1st round pick who played the 1976 season in Tampa Bay and made one start.
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Doug Swift
LB, 6-3, 227
Miami Dolphins
Had been part of the perfect 1972 Miami Dolphins but obviously felt so bad about being in the expansion draft, that he did not even make it to training camp.
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Dave Thompson
OL, 6-4, 277
New Orleans Saints
Had bounced around the NFL for a few seasons before arriving in Tampa. Did not make the team.
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Pat Toomay
DE, 6-6 244
Dallas Cowboys
Started every game for the expansion Bucs but was traded to Oakland before the 77 season.
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Lawrence Williams
WR, 5-10, 173
Kansas City Chiefs
Typical low-level talent made available for the expansion draft. Did not make the 1976 team.
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Dan Yochum
T
Philadelphia Eagles
Another one of the great expansion draft selections that turned out to be a waste as he didn't even make it as far as training camp with the team.
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