|The 2002 Buccaneer draft review|
Summing up 2002 - Below Average|
In terms of the players selected, there was no impact at all apart from Jermaine Phillips. But in terms of the picks traded for Jon Gruden, well, there is a Vince Lombardi Trophy at One Buc Place with his fingerprints all over it.
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|1||Traded to Oakland for coach Jon Gruden|
|2||Traded to Oakland for coach Jon Gruden|
|7||(compensatory pick) Tracy Wistrom||TE|
|7||(compensatory pick) Aaron Lockett||WR|
|7||(compensatory pick) Zach Quaccia||C|
The top two picks in this draft went to Oakland as part of the deal that brought Jon Gruden to Tampa Bay. The Bucs selected alternately 22-21 in this draft. They also received three additional 7th round selections as compensatory picks.
3 - WR - Marquise Walker - Michigan - Poor pick
Was placed on injured reserve with a broken thumb at the end of September having been inactive for the first four games of his pro career. Was traded to the Arizona Cardinals in May 2003 for RB Thomas Jones so is deemed to have never played a down for the Buccaneers. Was cut pretty quickly by the Cardinals too which summed up his NFL footballing career.
4 - RB - Travis Stephens - Tennessee - Poor pick
Saw action in just one game as a rookie, the season opener against the Saints and caught one pass for six yards. Was placed on IR in November and hence took no further part in the Bucs' Super Bowl campaign. Did not make the team out of camp the following year.
5 - S - Jermaine Phillips - Georgia- great pick
Spent most of seven seasons starting at strong safety for the Buccaneers but only twice made it through a full season without injury. Had replaced John Lynch in the starting line-up in 2004 and also saw time starting at free safety during his Buc career. Was finally released after the 2009 season.
6 - DE - John Stamper - South Carolina - wasted pick
Was released during training camp - never played a down for the Bucs.
7 - DB - Tim Wansley - Georgia - average pick
Got into just one game as a rookie that being against the Steelers and on special teams. Became a key part of the special teams' squads in 2003 including punt return duties. Made it into the starting line-up in 2004 but blew assignments and was soon on his way out of Tampa.
7 - TE - Tracy Wistrom - Nebraska - wasted pick
Was released during training camp - never played a down for the Bucs. Played all four years in college and made 24 starts for the Cornhuskers. Finished 2nd on the tight end receiving lists when he left. Is the brother of former Rams' DE Grant Wistrom.
7 - WR - Aaron Lockett - Kansas State - wasted pick
Was released during training camp - never played a down for the Bucs. Was only 5-7 and 155 and hence one of the smallest players ever drafted by the Buccaneers. Qualified for the 1988 NCAA 60-metre dash finals.
7 - C - Zach Quaccia - Stanford - wasted pick
Was released during training camp - never played a down for the Bucs. Had been a three-year starter for the Cardinal and had played both center and guard during his time in the Pac-10.