- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter
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TAMPA, Fla. -- It’s time to continue our look at recent drafts by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a look at the class of 2013.
It’s still too early to call this draft a winner or a loser, but there is some hope for this class.
That is largely because cornerback Johnthan Banks, a second-round pick, started to blossom as the 2014 season went on. Heading into the season, Banks appeared destined for backup duty behind Mike Jenkins. But Jenkins was hurt, pushing Banks into the starting lineup. He improved as the season went on, and appears to have the starting job locked up for the foreseeable future.
But the rest of the class hasn’t been nearly as productive.
Quarterback Mike Glennon, a third-round pick, started 13 games as a rookie and wasn’t bad. But the new coaching staff brought in veteran Josh McCown to be the starter in 2014. Glennon did start five games when McCown was injured last season, but he failed to win over the coaching staff, and his future in Tampa Bay doesn’t look bright.
Defensive tackle Akeem Spence, a fourth-round pick, started as a rookie. But Spence was reduced to a rotational player last season with the arrival of Clinton McDonald. But Spence still can be productive in a backup role.
Defensive end William Gholston, a fourth-round pick, had nine starts last season, but produced only two sacks. Gholston’s future is likely as a backup.
Defensive end Steven Means, a fifth-round pick, had little impact as a rookie and ended up getting cut after appearing in one game last season. Running back Mike James, a sixth-round choice, has been a regular on special teams.
I’ll give this class a C.
Development of cornerback Johnthan Banks a positive for this group.