1 - DE - Gaines Adams - ClemsonThe first defensive player taken in the draft who came on strong in the second half of his rookie season but then seemed to regress and was eventually traded to the Bears for a 2010 2nd round pick. Tragically died of a heart problem in January 2010.2 - G - Arron Sears - TennesseeStarted all but one game at left guard in his first two NFL seasons and a unanimous choice to the All-Rookie teams around the NFL. Missed the 2009 due to personal off-field reasons and was then released.2 - S - Sabby Piscitelli - Oregon StateBecame a starter during his second season and then was the regular strong safety in 2009 but had a tendency to miss open field tackles and take bad angles on plays. Lost his starting job during 2010 camp and after half a season as a back-up, was then released.3 - LB - Quincy Black - New MexicoPlayed all but one game on special teams over his first two seasons and ranked third on that unit as a rookie in tackles with 17. Became the starting weakside linebacker in 2009 and showed all the speed and versatility required in a Tampa-2 cover linebacker. His career ended in 2012 after sustaining a serious neck injury against San Diego.4 - S - Tanard Jackson - SyracuseSpent parts of five seasons as the starting free safety only missing games through multiple NFL suspensions for failing substance abuse tests. Was released in April 2012 after failing a team physical.5 - DT - Greg Peterson - North Carolina CentralPlayed in 10 games during his rookie season before being placed on IR before the season finale with the Panthers. Recorded 1.5 sacks in limited playing time as part of the defensive line rotation and also played extensively on the kick coverage units. Was eventually waived in training camp before his third NFL season.6 - LB - Adam Hayward - Portland StateWas the captain of the Buccaneer special teams for several years and made 13 starts at strong side linebacker when other players were out injured. Left as a free agent after the 2013 season.7 - T - Chris Denman - Fresno StatePlaced on Injured Reserve during pre-season and hence missed the entire campaign. Was nicknamed "The Mortician" in college and the name stuck during training camp. Did not make the 2008 team out of training camp.7 - CB - Marcus Hamilton - VirginiaThe only member of the 2007 draft squad that did not make the Buccaneers in some form out of training camp. Was signed to the practice squad however and activated to the main roster for the Chicago road game in September 2008. Was then claimed on waivers by the Bears but came back to play one further game in 2009.
The 2007 Buccaneer draft reviewThe additional 2nd round pick from the Indianapolis Colts came in the Anthony McFarland trade. The extra 6th round pick came from the Minnesota Vikings in a swop of 4th round picks. A 6th round pick was sent to the Jets for TE Doug Jolley. The two additional 7th round picks were compensatory ones. The Bucs picked 4th in the first round and then 3rd and 4th henceforth.
DRAFT ANALYSIS - A pretty appalling draft with two of the top three picks proving to be busts and Arron Sears ending up out of the league within three years too. Quincy Black and Tanard Jackson were promising defenders who were unable to fulfil their potential for differing reasons. GRADE: D