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With Hargreaves, ranking Bucs' all-time Gators draft picks

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By going to the Bucs with the 11th overall pick in Thursday's draft, cornerback Vernon Hargreaves became the highest Gators football player ever drafted by Tampa Bay. The in-state pipeline goes way back -- the Bucs' second-ever draft pick as Florida running back Jimmy Dubose in 1976.

In all, 10 Gators have been drafted by the Bucs -- the only schools to generate more Tampa Bay draft picks are Alabama (13), Miami (12), Tennessee (12) and FSU (11), with USC and Nebraska each getting 10 as well.

It's too early to know how Hargreaves' Bucs career will rank among the 10 Gators who have been drafted by the Bucs, but here are the other nine, starting with the most modest career and building up to the biggest.

9. Robert Morgan, FB, 10th round, 1977: Never played a down for the Bucs -- today's drafts only have seven rounds. He played three years at Florida, with 731 career rushing yards and three touchdowns.

8. Ahmad Black, S, 5th round, 2011: Black played parts of three NFL seasons, finishing with 41 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble, with three career starts.

7. Jimmy DuBose, RB, 2nd round, 1976: Lasted only three years with the Bucs -- he rushed for 704 yards and four touchdowns. He had the Bucs' first-ever 100-yard rushing game in 1978 but was injured later in the same game and never played again.

6. Jason Odom, OT, 4th round, 1996: Back injury forced his retiremen in 2001, but he had 41 starts in his four seasons in Tampa Bay. As recently as last fall, he was still in the area, working as a deputy with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

5. Jacquez Green, WR, 2nd round, 1998: Green played four seasons with the Bucs -- and one with Steve Spurrier's Redskins in 2002 -- finishing his career with 162 catches for 2,311 yards and seven career touchdowns.

4. Reidel Anthony, WR, 1st round, 1997: Taken with the 16th overall pick, he played five years in the NFL -- 144 career catches, 1,846 yards and 16 touchdowns, including seven in 1998. Had 98 career returns as well, mostly on kickoffs, but none for touchdowns.

3. Kenyatta Walker, OT, 1st round, 2001: Taken with the 14th overall pick, Walker started at right tackle in the Bucs' Super Bowl win in 2003. Disappointed from high expectations, but started 73 games before his career ended after just six seasons.

2. Errict Rhett, RB, 2nd round, 1994: Rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons, totaling 18 touchdowns. But a holdout cost him half of 1996, and he was gone after four seasons, finishing his career with the Ravens and Browns.

1. Scot Brantley, LB, 3rd round, 1980: Played eight seasons for the Bucs and made 71 career starts, with eight career interceptions and five sacks. Probably best known as a longtime radio personality in the Tampa market.

[Last modified: Friday, April 29, 2016 1:45am]

    

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