The 1993 Buccaneer draft review
For 1993, the draft was reduced from 12 rounds to eight. The Bucs
drafted alternately 6th, 5th, 8th and 7th through each round. The
additional 3rd round pick came from Phoenix in return for DL Reuben
Davis. The additional 4th round pick came as a result of swopping
picks with San Diego in the 3rd round. The 5th round pick was
awarded to Green Bay in return for signed restricted free agent RB
VInce Workman, The extra 8th round pick came from San Diego for LB Kevin Murphy.
DRAFT ANALYSIS - A pass mark overall as the tremendous selections of Lynch and
Ahanotu are tempered by the busts at the top of the order in Curry and DuBose. The signing
of Workman was a sensible one at the time and worth the price of a 5th round pick.
1 - DE - Eric Curry - Alabama
Again the Bucs had a top six pick, again they took a SEC demon from his college days and again (McCants, McRae) they blew out. Curry never
became the pass-rusher in the pros everyone thought although neither did his Crimson Tide team-mate John Copeland drafted a pick earlier by
2 - LB - Demetrius DuBose - Notre Dame
Being No.2 to Hardy Nickerson is nothing to be sneezed at but DuBose never impressed even when he did get a chance to play. Hence became
a special teams pick for four seasons before leaving football and having some serious off-field issues that led to his fatal shooting in 2000.
3 - WR - Lamar Thomas - Miami
Overshadowed by his college team-mate Copeland throughout his pro career although he did have a season of some success with the Dolphins
after being released by the Bucs.
3 - S - John Lynch - Stanford
It does not get much better than this. Team-leader, Pro Bowler, over ten years with the team and a genuine all-round nice guy. One of the best
picks in franchise history and in 2020, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame too.
4 - FB - Rudy Harris - Clemson
Blocking in college is not the same as doing it in the pros and Harris was never more than an average full back in the NFL.
4 - WR - Horace Copeland - Miami
Was a real deep threat for the Bucs until he injured his knee in the 1995 pre-season and was never the same player again. Used to celebrate
each touchdown with a backward somersault in the endzone.
5 - awarded to Green Bay as compensation for RB Vince Workman
Had one very good season as a receiving back in 1993 but then fell into disuse the following season. Had seen his best days when with the
Packers in the early 1990s.
6 - DE - Chidi Ahanotu - California
Started over 100 games for the Bucs and ranks in the top 10 in franchise history for sacks.
7 - WR - Tyree Davis - Central Arkansas
Spent most of his two years in Tampa Bay on the practice squad but was one of the best receivers in NFL Europe history from his marvellous
1995 season for the Barcelona Dragons.
8 - WR - Darrick Branch - Hawaii
Never played football in the NFL at all. Had been drafted as much for his returning ability as that as a receiver but did not do enough on either
count to make the roster. Was a nephew of former Oakland Raider great Cliff Branch.
8 - K - Daron Alcorn - Akron
Never played football in the NFL at all. Had been a successful kicker and punter in college but could not win the five-way battle for the kicking job
in Tampa that Michael Husted picked up. As the final pick of the entire draft, Alcorn became honoured as the "Mr Irrelevant" that year.