Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft: News and notes

Ready to move down

The Jaguars have let it be known they're looking to deal. The goal, according to player personnel director Terry McDonough, is to move down and accumulate selections. The picks on the market include Jacksonville's first-round choice, No. 8 overall. "We've talked to almost every team about all of our picks," McDonough said. "(Personnel director Gene Smith and coach Jack Del Rio) have stressed we're going to be flexible to listen to what anyone has to say to us at every spot, not just the first pick. We're definitely listening."

Quote of the day

"You tell the truth now, nobody believes you."

Vinny Cerrato, Redskins executive vice president, on the smoke screens leading up to the draft

Best and worst of No. 19?

So the Bucs are picking 19th, early enough to find a gem but late enough to miss most of them. This pick is the draft's version of no-man's-land, making it hard to know what you'll get when it's said and done.

To that end, consider, perhaps, the best player ever picked 19th: Marvin Harrison. The Colts took the Syracuse receiver in 1996 despite his lack of ideal size (6 feet, 185 pounds). Let's just say it turned out all right.

Harrison, above, has 1,102 receptions, 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns. That's pretty decent value for a mid first-round pick, huh?

Then you have 1977's 19th pick: Missouri QB Steve Pisarkiewicz. You've probably never heard of him, and his thin resume tells why. In four seasons, Pisarkiewicz appeared in 10 games and threw a whopping three touchdowns … and seven interceptions.

Can't catch a break

The guy who probably is most anxious for the season to start is Redskins QB Jason Campbell, below. What an offseason he has had. It seems as though there isn't a rumor he hasn't been tied to.

First, it was the Redskins trying to acquire QB Jay Cutler from Denver, which likely would have resulted in Campbell being moved, too. Cutler ended up in Chicago, and Campbell remained the unquestioned starter.

Now, the Redskins continue to be linked to USC QB Mark Sanchez and, according to the rumor mill, might be willing to move up from their current 13th pick to get him.

"Anything's possible," executive vice president Vinny Cerrato said.

They're paying lip service to Campbell, but it's sure debatable that their actions indicate otherwise.

"Jason is every bit being handled as though he's our starting quarterback both through words and deeds," coach Jim Zorn said. "We're going … as nothing has changed."

But Thursday, reported Campbell will request a trade if the Redskins acquire a quarterback this weekend.

Hang in there, Jason. Training camp starts in three months.

Stephen F. Holder, Times staff writer

Draft headquarters

For Bucs draft news, player profiles, audio reports and more, go to Or you can follow Bucs Beat on Twitter, and we'll send text alerts directly to your computer or mobile phone on both days of the draft.

BUCS picks round/overall: 1/19 | 2/50 | 3/81 | 4/120 | 5/159 | 6/191 | 7/217 | 7/226 | 7/229

Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft: News and notes 04/23/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 23, 2009 8:53pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Alex Volkov with a top-six showcase for Lightning


    Alex Volkov entered Lightning camp a bit of an unknown, the second-round pick from Russia in his first NHL camp.

    Alex Volkov (79) works to stop Florida Panthers center Denis Malgin (62) during the second period of Sunday's game in Tampa.
  2. How Jameis Winston's turnovers doomed the Bucs again


    The Bucs' rise or fall is based on the play of quarterback Jameis Winston. His failure to take care of the football was arguably the biggest factor in their 34-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings Sunday.

    Jameis Winston has turned the football over 25 times in 17 road games. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
  3. HomeTeam 25: Volleyball rankings for Tampa Bay

    Volleyball Preps

    1. Plant (6-1)

    Fivay's Kirbea Harrell leads her team in kills and digs this season. (Lance Rothstein, Times)
  4. NCAA coaches among 10 charged with fraud and corruption


    NEW YORK — Four college basketball coaches were among those facing federal charges Tuesday in a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA, authorities said.

    In this March 15, 2012, file photo, San Diego State assistant coach Tony Bland, left, talks during NCAA college basketball practice in Columbus, Ohio. Bland was identified in court papers, and is among 10 people facing federal charges in Manhattan federal court, Tuesday in a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA, authorities said. [AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File]