The 1995 Buccaneer draft review
Summing up 1995 - The Best Ever
It will never probably get any better in terms of any NFL draft anywhere than the selections of Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks. Great draft-day work by the front office to secure the players and both selections were perennial All-Pros and future NFL Hall of Famers. Even though Melvin Johnson never worked out as well as hoped, only one player did not make the roster and this will have to go down as the Bucs' best draft ever.

1traded to Philadelphia
1(from Philadelphia) Warren SappDT
1(from Dallas) Derrick BrooksLB
2Melvin JohnsonS
2traded to Dallas from Philadelphia
2traded to Dallas from Philadelphia
3traded to Philadelphia
4Jerry WilsonCB
5Clifton AbrahamCB
6Wardell RouseLB
7Stephen IngramG/T
7(from Kansas City) Jeffrey RodgersDE
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The Bucs drafted alternately 7th, 6th and 5th through the rounds of this draft. The Bucs traded their 1st and 3rd round pick to the Eagles for their first (12th overall) and two second round picks. They then traded the two second round picks to the Cowboys to move back into the first round and select Derrick Brooks. The additional seventh round pick came from the Kansas City Chiefs for CB Darren Anderson.

1 - DT - Warren Sapp - Miami - Excellent pick
The Bucs traded down from the 7th overall selection when the Eagles fell in love with Mike Mamula. Tampa happily took Warren Sapp at No.12, well below his pre-draft ranking due to rumours of marijuana use prior to the scouting combine. History has proven that this was one of the best selections in franchise history.

1 - LB - Derrick Brooks - Florida State - Excellent pick
Followed closely if not actually behind the selection of Brooks. The Bucs moved up into the first round again in a deal with Dallas and took the supposedly-undersized Brooks from Florida State. He merely became the second Buc first round pick from 1995 to become an NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

2 - S - Melvin Johnson - Kentucky - OK pick
Had three years in Tampa, two as a starter, but never really established himself in the way the Bucs hoped he would. Wound up being traded to Kansas City before the start of the 1998 season, one in which he probably would not have made the final roster.

4 - CB - Jerry Wilson - Southern - Poor pick
His potential career with the Buccaneers was hampered by injury although he did go on to play in the NFL for many years with Miami and for San Diego.

5 - CB - Clifton Abraham - Florida State -Average pick
Saw very limited time on special teams as a rookie and was then soon gone from Tampa.

6 - LB - Wardell Rouse - Clemson - Average pick
Spent parts of two seasons as a Buccaneer special teams player and back-up linebacker without seeing any substantial playing time on the regular defense.

7 - G/T - Stephen Ingram - Maryland - Average pick
Moved between the practice squad and full roster a couple of times over a three-year period, but only ever saw playing time in two games for the Buccaneers.

7 - DE - Jeffrey Rodgers - Texas A&M Kingsville - Poor pick
Never played football in the NFL at all. Had played two years at A&M Kingsville, the college that produced a good few future Bucs under Tony Dungy and had been a Division 2 All-American as a senior.