1 - traded to the New York Jets for CB Darrelle RevisWhen you give up a first round pick for one of the top players in the NFL, then it is seen as an aggressive move to progress in the standings. When you then release said player after one year having seen no reduction in his skills but simply because he does not now fit your defensive scheme, then it is seen as a disaster. Which it was.2 - CB - Johnthan Banks - Mississippi StateWound up a disappointment despite having an excellent rookie season. Lost his starting spot in 2015 and wound up being released midway through the 2016 season having become little more than a special teamer. Led the Bucs in interceptions in 2014 and had a touchdown return in the win over Washington. 2013 saw him ranked second on the team in interception holding his own playing opposite Darrelle Revis. Went on to play briefly for Chicago and Houston before leaving the NFL for good.3 - QB - Mike Glennon - North Carolina StateWound up starting 13 games as a rookie in 2013 after the release of Josh Freeman and also saw five starts the following season when Jameis Winston was injured. Became nothing more than a back-up after that but his potential saw him sign a huge free agent contract with Chicago in March 2017 which he spectacularly failed to live up to. Bounced around the NFL from then on seeing time with the Cardinals, Raiders, Jaguars and Giants.4 - DT - Akeem Spence - IllinoisSpent four seasons as a key member of the defensive line rotation. Was a starter during his rookie season but moved into a back-up role for his other three seasons starting only when injuries to other players allowed. Was seen as more of a run stopper than pass rush specialist. Moved on to Detroit as a free agent after the 2016 season and also started in 2018 for the Dolphins before moving on to Jacksonville, New England and Washington.4 - DE - William Gholston - Michigan StateHas become one of the longest-serving defensive linemen in franchise history and has now spent nine seasons starting along the defensive line. Has always been more of a run-stopper than pass rusher but set a career high in sacks during the 2021 season with four. Was originally a 4th round pick in the 2013 season whose cousin is Vernon Gholston, a 2008 1st round pick of the New York Jets.5 - DE - Steven Means - BuffaloMade the full roster out of training camp and played in 10 games as a back-up on the defensive line and was a gameday inactive on the other six. Played in the 2014 season opener against the Panthers but was then released the following day. Moved on to play as a back-up with Baltimore and Philadelphia before becoming a starter with the Atlanta Falcons.6 - RB - Mike James - MiamiBecome the starting back in Week 7 of his rookie season when Doug Martin was placed on IR and had a monster 158-yard game in Seattle but was then lost for the season himself early in the Monday Night victory over the Dolphins. Threw a TD pass in the Seahawks game on a trick play. Was nothing more than a back-up for his remaining seasons with the Bucs.
The 2013 Buccaneer draft reviewThe Bucs picked from 15th through 11th in each round starting with the 13th pick in the first round. The first round pick was traded to the NY Jets for Darrelle Revis. The Bucs sent 4th and 6th round picks to Oakland to move up in the 4th round. The Bucs obtained a 4th round pick from New England for Aqib Talib. The Bucs sent 6th and 7th round picks to Minnesota to move up in the 6th round.DRAFT ANALYSIS - Giving up a 1st round pick for the best cover corner in the league was a stunning move and looked superb going into 2013. Not using Revis in that way and then releasing him after one season makes it a truly appalling trade. All of the selections looked good at times in their careers but only Gholston went on to do anything truly worthwhile. Not a memorable draft class at all. GRADE: D