The 2002 Buccaneer draft review
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.
DRAFT ANALYSIS - 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.
3 - WR - Marquise Walker - Michigan
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
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
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
Was released during training camp - never played a down for the Bucs.
7 - DB - Tim Wansley - Georgia
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
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
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
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.