The 1981 Buccaneer draft reviewThe Bucs drafted 7th in the first round and then subsequent rounds saw them pick 6th and 7th alternatively due to tie-breakers. The 3rd round pick had been traded back in 1978 to the Rams for G Greg Horton. A 5th rounder went to Oakland for QB Mike Rae, a 6th rounder to New Orleans for P Tom Blanchard and a 7th rounder to Dallas for DE Dave Stalls.DRAFT ANALYSIS - Two picks, two superstars in Green and Wilder. Holt was a starter, Smith and White both played three seasons, and all the trades proved to be solid ones too. A shame that the Bucs then went five straight seasons picking terribly until 1987 after this good year. GRADE: AClick here to review every pick made in the 1981 NFL draft1 - LB - Hugh Green - PittsburghA superb linebacker who was incredibly highly-rated coming out of college. Hampered by injuries in 1984, he was eventually traded to Miami in 1985 by Leeman Bennett but brought a 1st and 2nd round pick in return. Anchored the Buc defense along with Lee Roy Selmon for three solid seasons.2 - RB - James Wilder - MissouriThe finest offensive threat in franchise history - remains the franchise leader in rushing and second in receptions and set NFL records for carries in a game and season during 1984.3 - traded to L.A. Rams for G Greg HortonSpent two seasons starting on the offensive line including the 1979 NFC Central Division title winning team4 - CB - John Holt - West Texas StateSolid if unspectacular cornerback who spent five seasons with the Buccaneers and started for three of them.5 - traded to Oakland for QB Mike RaeSpent two seasons backing up Doug Williams and gave the Bucs a veteran presence behind the young starter in the process. Started five games when Williams was hurt in 1978.6 - traded to New Orleans for P Tom BlanchardTrading this high a pick for a punter is always open to second guessing, but the veteran Blanchard was a solid dependable kicker for the Bucs for over two seasons before getting hurt.7 - traded to Dallas for DE Dave StallsLed the 1982 strike-shortened season team in sacks and provided a decent pass-rush threat before bolting to the USFL after the 1983 season.8 - T - Denver Johnson - TulsaNever played football in the NFL at all. Had been an All-Missouri Valley Conference selection as a senior and was also named Tulsa's Outstanding Athlete that year too.9 - QB - Mike Ford - SMUSpent two seasons as the Bucs' No.3 QB but never saw any regular season action. In spite of limited playing time through injury as a junior and senior, he was still eighth on the all-time NCAA passing yardage list when he graduated.10 - DE - Ken McCune - TexasNever played football in the NFL at all. Had 15 sacks in his senior year. Left Buc camp voluntarily in 1981 but returned the following year without success then either.11 - CB - Johnny Ray Smith - LamarAny late round pick who makes the team is a good one and Smith was with the Bucs until the end of the 1983 season as a special teamer and nickel back.12 - DT - Brad White - TennesseFollowed fellow nose tackle David Logan in making the team from his 12th round selection. Played in every game during his career as a Buc but never made a start and never recorded a sack. Was also a state champion wrestler whilst at high school in Idaho.