The Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Draft started off big with big man Gerald McCoy as the third overall pick in the NFL Draft and then went out and focused almost exclusively on the defense. Tampa Bay did pick up a couple of wide receivers and a punter but defense was the focus of Tampa Bay in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers first NFL Draft pick and 3rd overall Gerald McCoy.
Gerald McCoy was rated ahead of Ndamukong Suh by some NFL Draft experts and Tampa Bay was thrilled to have him available with the third pick overall. Gerald McCoy idolized Tampa Bay defensive lineman Warren Sapp and will have a chance to emulate his hero in Tampa Bay.
McCoy is an athletic defensive end from Oklahoma, that has tremendous speed on the outside and has a nose for the quarterback and the ball. McCoy can make an immediate impact on the defensive line and with his quick instincts out of his stance he will be a disruptive force on the line. McCoy will play in his first NFL season and begin making an impact soon after the season is underway.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers second NFL Draft pick and 35th overall Brian Price.
Brian Price, a defensive tackle from UCLA, is a hard nosed inside lineman and will be used in run situations and could see even more time as the season progresses. Price is a disruptive player on the inside and is a good wrap up tackler. Price will see plenty of action in his first NFL season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers third NFL Draft pick and 39th overall Arrelious Benn.
Arrelious Benn, a wide receiver from Illinois, is a strong wide receiver that is also known as a good blocker. Benn is a big play receiver that can make yards after the catch and he can deliver a blow to a tackling safety or corner. Benn will see plenty of action in his first NFL season and may be a guest star on special teams.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers fourth NFL Draft pick and 67th overall Myron Lewis.
Myron Lewis, a cornerback from Vanderbilt, was drafted to be the possible under study to the aging Ronde Barber. Lewis has great run stopping ability for a corner and loves to jump the line and stand up receivers at the line of scrimmage. Once the initial contact is made though, Lewis lacks the speed on the outside to contain a speedy receiver. Lewis will see time in his first NFL season as a specialist on defense.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers fifth NFL Draft pick and 101st overall Mike Williams.
Mike Williams, a wide receiver from Syracuse, will give Tampa Bay a deep ball threat but does have a few troubling off the field issues as he enters the NFL. Williams is a gamble, going as high as the 101st pick but if he gets his head straight, he could be a valuable asset to Tampa Bay. Williams will see some action in his first NFL season but it may be mostly on special teams.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers sixth NFL Draft and 172nd overall Brent Bowden.
Brent Bowden, a punter coming from Virginia Tech, could be one of the best pick ups of the NFL Draft. Okay– let’s not get carried away but Bowden will address a key issue for Tampa Bay. Bowden can boom the ball and more importantly he can hit the coffin corner inside the 20 yard line and inside the 10 yard line even better. Bowden should earn the starting punter job in his first NFL season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers seventh NFL Draft pick and 210th overall Cody Grimm.
Cody Grimm, is a hard hitting lineman also coming out of Virginia Tech. Grimm is a tackler that never gives up on a play and once he arrives to make a tackle he has the pop to make runners and receivers remember him. Grimm will see some time at linebacker in his first NFL season and play a full season of special teams.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers eight NFL Draft pick and 217th overall Dekoda Watson.
Dekoda Watson, the second linebacker in a row chosen by Tampa Bay, comes from Florida State. Wilson may be the better of the two linebackers chosen and he will see time on the field as a linebacker. Watson will be another added key tackler on special teams also. Watson will make the rotation in the linebacker position before Grimm and will see plenty of action in his first NFL season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers ninth and final NFL Draft pick and 253rd overall Erik Long.
Erik Long, a defensive end from Stanford, will join Tampa Bay as a developmental project. Long lacks instincts and speed on the outside but he was drafted for toughness and obviously his smarts, coming from Stanford. Long has an outside chance to make Tampa Bay’s roster as a back up.
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