Lee Roy Selmon leads 11 Bucs in SI all-time NFL draft
Sports Illustrated's Peter King came up with a cool idea to do an all-time NFL draft, with 12 people selecting the greatest 300 players in NFL history, and that draft included 11 players who spent time with the Bucs.
The late Lee Roy Selmon, Tampa Bay's first player to go to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was easily the first Bucs player taken, going No. 31 overall, more than 100 picks before the next player with Tampa Bay ties. The Bucs' other two Hall of Famers, defensive tackle Warren Sapp and linebacker Derrick Brooks, went at 157 and 162, respectively. And John Lynch, who went into the team's Ring of Honor last year and has been close to joining them in Canton, checked in at No. 190.
The other seven played only one or two seasons with the Bucs -- you might not even remember them playing in Tampa Bay, but stop for a minute and think of who they might be. Darrelle Revis (2013) went at 142, Randall McDaniel (2000-01) went 171, Joey Browner (1992) went 227, Reggie Roby (1995) went 250, John Carney (1988-89) went 274, Tim Brown (2014 went 286 and Sean Landeta (1997) went 296. Former Bucs coach Tony Dungy was among 13 coaches picked as well.
How does 11 players stack up against the rest of the NFL? The 49ers led the way with 35 former players, but six teams had fewer than the Bucs -- the Ravens and Saints had nine each, the Panthers had five, the Bengals and Texans had three and the Jaguars had one. Jacksonville was the last franchise to get a player picked, with all the rest represented in the first 50 picks, with Earl Campbell taking care of the Oilers/Titans and the Saints at No. 46.
Jacksonville's only entry came from having kicker John Carney for half a season -- eight games -- in 2007, with no love for Tony Boselli or Fred Taylor or anyone else from Jacksonville. The Falcons (13) had the most in the NFC South, which easily had the fewest total selections of any division -- they combined for 38, and the next closest was the AFC South, with 45 (with two young franchises in Jacksonville and Houston).
There were only 22 active players out of the 300 total, and the Bucs will face nine of them in the upcoming season: Patriots QB Tom Brady, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, Falcons WR Julio Jones, Panthers LB Luke Kuechly, Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald, Panthers TE Greg Olsen, Cardinals DB Patrick Peterson and Panthers P Andy Lee.