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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Draft rewind: Buccaneers' five-year recap

By Pat Yasinskas

A look at the NFC South’s best and worst from the past five NFL drafts, one team at a time.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Best choice: Doug Martin. I usually like to wait more than a year to judge a draft pick. But I think we can go ahead and label Martin, who the Bucs drafted at No. 31 last year, a success. He rushed for more than 1,400 yards and gave the Bucs the kind of every-down running back they were looking for.

Worst choice: Dexter Jackson. He was the parting gift from former general manager Bruce Allen and former coach Jon Gruden. Taken in the second round (58th overall) in 2008, Jackson was a colossal bust. Expected to be a game-changing return man and a speed receiver, he appeared in only seven career games with the Buccaneers.

Verdict pending: Josh Freeman. Taken with the 17th overall pick in 2009, Freeman appeared to have entered franchise-quarterback territory in 2010. But he then took a major step back in 2011. Last season, he started off very well and put up big numbers, but slumped badly down the stretch. That prompted coach Greg Schiano to say the Bucs would like to add competition at quarterback. I still think Freeman has the talent and the intangibles to get the job done. But he has to show that with certainty as he heads into a contract year.