Dominik says his future is tied to this draft
One week before one of the deepest drafts in NFL history, Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said Thursday his future -- and that of the franchise -- is tied to the success of the players they select in 2010.
"If this draft class doesn't succeed, I probably don't either,'' Dominik said.
The Bucs own 11 picks in the draft, including No. 3 overall and three of the top 42 selections.
It's likely that they either Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh or Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy will be available when the Bucs make their first selection.
Dominik said the number of players who have received a first-round grade from the Bucs is 'into the 40's.' By comparison, a year ago, he said it was '22 or 23.'
"It's a very talented class and I think everybody feels that way,'' Dominik said.
"I think it would be unfair for me to say this class (won't) have a big impact on our football team going forward,'' Dominik said. "Because we're going to build this through the draft.''