Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs' second-round picks under Dominik

2010, Pick No. 35

Brian Price, DT

College: UCLA

Years with Bucs: 2

Analysis: The idea was to team Price with Gerald McCoy, picked No. 3 overall that same draft, in the middle of the defense. But injuries often kept the pair from lining up together. The extent of Price's pelvic and hamstring problems, which apparently dated to his childhood, were not known until after his arrival in Tampa Bay. Despite a complicated surgical procedure that involved bones being fused, Price never became the player the Bucs envisioned. In addition to his health, numerous personal setbacks contributed. Price was traded to the Bears in July and now is with the Cowboys.

2010, Pick No. 39

Arrelious Benn, WR

College: Illinois

Years with Bucs: 3

Analysis: Like Brian Price, Benn no longer is on the roster, traded last month to the Eagles (along with a 2013 seventh-round pick) for a 2013 sixth-round pick. It was essentially an effort to recover something for a pick that really never panned out. Injuries were a factor, including a torn left ACL in 2010. But even when healthy, Benn never consistently excelled. In his best season, 2011, he caught 30 passes for 441 yards while starting 14 games. In three seasons, he caught 59 passes for 862 yards. In comparison, Mike Williams, taken two rounds after Benn, has averaged 64 catches for 910 yards over his three seasons.

2011, Pick No. 51

Da'Quan Bowers, DE

College: Clemson

Years with Bucs: 2

Analysis: A better evaluation of Bowers can be made after 2013, when the Bucs hope to turn him loose as their starting left end. But to this point, Bowers' health has been an impediment. He had knee surgery a few months before the draft and saw his stock plummet from top 10 overall to the second round. Coaches brought him along slowly in 2011, impacting his development. Then in 2012, a torn Achilles tendon created another setback. But glimpses of his talent have shown through, even though Bowers has just 4½ sacks to show for it.

2012, Pick No. 58

Lavonte David, LB

College: Nebraska

Years with Bucs: 1

Analysis: The Bucs targeted David heading into the draft and maneuvered via a trade to move up and grab him. The pick paid immediate dividends with David starting 16 games at weakside linebacker and leading the team with 139 tackles as a rookie. The team had been searching for a long-time replacement for Derrick Brooks since the Tampa Bay great retired in 2009. And David has provided the playmaking the position requires. His all-around game makes him likely to be a fixture for many years.

Stephen F. Holder, Times staff writer

Note: 2009 second-round pick was dealt for tight end Kellen Wins­low.

   
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