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Bucs' first-round draft picks under Dominik

2012, pick no. 7

Mark Barron, SS

College: Alabama

Years with Bucs: 1

Analysis: Barron lived up to his billing as a physical player and started all 16 games as a rookie. He struggled at times in pass coverage, but he had huge breakups in wins over Carolina and Atlanta. Also, he disappeared for several games until finding a second wind toward the end of the season. He might be more suited as a box safety to play against the run. The signing of 49ers safety Dashon Goldson should help.

2012, pick no. 31

Doug Martin, RB

College: Boise State

Years with Bucs: 1

Analysis: Martin began his rookie season with comparisons to the Ravens' Ray Rice. By the end, Rice was flattered. Martin is a tough inside runner with explosiveness to break long runs. He set a club rookie rushing record with 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns while adding 472 receiving yards and another score. His 368 touches were a heavy workload for the 5-foot-9, 215-pounder, who was named to the Pro Bowl. But Dominik's decision to trade into the first round for Martin was genius.

2011, pick no. 20

Adrian Clayborn, DE

College: Iowa

Years with Bucs: 2

Analysis: Clayborn tore the ACL in his right knee in Week 3 at Dallas in 2012 and was lost for the season. But as a rookie, he played with the accelerator mashed to the floor. He led the team in sacks with 7½ and finished with 42 tackles and three forced fumbles despite knowing very little about the pro game. The only thing that looks like it could slow Clayborn's progress is injury, but 19 games is not enough to get a good evaluation.

2010, pick no. 3

Gerald McCoy, DT

The pick: Oklahoma

Years with Bucs: 3

Analysis: McCoy has been a lightning rod for criticism, but even his biggest detractors have to admit injuries are the biggest reason for his lack of production. He played only 19 games over his first two seasons and tore biceps in each arm. But when healthy, McCoy has been disruptive in the running and passing game. Starting 16 games for the first time in his career in 2012, he was named to the Pro Bowl after recording 30 tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 12 tackles-for-loss.

2009, pick no. 17

Josh Freeman, QB

College: Kansas State

Years with Bucs: 4

Analysis: At times, the 6-foot-6, 235-pounder has played like a franchise quarterback. At others, the 25-year-old has been a turnover machine. Freeman's career completion percentage of 58.8 percent is nothing to shout about, and his 79.8 rating is 22nd among active quarterbacks. Playing for three coordinators and two head coaches has stunted his development. When surrounded with better talent in 2012, he set club records for yards (4,065) and touchdowns (27).

Rick Stroud, Times staff writer






Bucs' first-round draft picks under Dominik 04/17/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 9:52pm]
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