1 - RB - Carnell Williams - AuburnNamed Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2005 and set an NFL record with over 400 yards in his first three games. His second season was hampered by a lack of a passing offense around him and then suffered a pair of crippling knee injuries to further set back his career before returning in 2009 for two more seasons in the Buccaneer backfield.2 - LB - Barrett Ruud - NebraskaSpent two seasons waiting his turn behind Shelton Quarles at middle linebacker but once he got the chance to start, showed that he was every bit worth the high draft pick. Always made a ton of tackles but most of them seemed to be yards behind the line of scrimmage. Moved on after the 2010 season.3 - TE - Alex Smith - StanfordAnother excellent offensive selection as he scored twice on his NFL debut and started 10 games in making 41 receptions for over 300 yards during the season. Seemed to plateau a little after his rookie campaign but was a solid receiver and blocker for the Buccaneers.3 - T - Chris Colmer - N.Carolina StateWas a gameday inactive in every game as a rookie but then had a recurrence of Parsonage-Turner Syndrome in the 2006 off-season and spent the entire year on Injured Reserve before being released the following spring. Sadly died in 2010 at the age of 30.4 - G - Dan Buenning - WisconsinStarted every game as a rookie at left guard and saw most of Cadillac Williams' yards come from his left side behind himself and Anthony Davis. Named to every All-Rookie team and started for the 2006 season to until being placed on injured reserve with a knee problem. Never regained a starting role for the team and was traded to Chicago prior to the start of the 2008 season.5 - S - Donte Nicholson - OklahomaPlayed in nine games as a rookie primarily on special teams but did also see some action in the defensive backfield in the road game in Atlanta. Was released in the 2006 pre-season but re-signed late in the year when injury hit the defensive depth and repeated the trick in both 2007 and 2008.5 - WR - Larry Brackins - Pearl River CCDid not make the final roster but was re-signed to the practice squad where he remained all season. Was released the following pre-season.6 - DT - Anthony Bryant - AlabamaBig run-stuffing defensive tackle who played in three of the first four games as a rookie but then only one other as he was named a gameday inactive the rest of the time. Was on the practice squad for the entire 2006 season.7 - WR - Paris Warren - UtahWas inactive for each of the first five games and then waived before being re-signed to the practice squad. Made the 2006 roster and saw action in eight games as a fourth receiver before getting hurt in the 2007 pre-season just when it seemed he had a chance to become a useful NFL receiver.
The 2005 Buccaneer draft reviewThe additional 3rd and 7th round picks from San Diego came in the Keenan McCardell trade. The additional 5th round pick from San Diego came in the Roman Oben trade. The additional 7th round pick from the NY Giants came in the Jason Whittle trade. A 6th round pick was traded to Cleveland for QB Luke McCown.
DRAFT ANALYSIS - The selection of Cadillac was a good one as no-one could have forseen the two terrible knee injuries he would suffer down the road. Hits on both Ruud and Smith followed and Buenning was a useful player in his first season as a Buccaneer. The trade for McCown was a pretty good one too. Had Cadillac stayed healthy, it would have been a super draft class. . GRADE: A