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Stop Doggin’ Dominik For 2009 Draft

April 18, 2011 at 04:09pm by Scott   •  5 Comments »

I got my eye on you.
PFT waited a good long while to get to the Bucs in their “Team Needs” series even though the rest of the NFC South was done weeks ago. I’m not really sure why, but I’ll choose to be offended.

Anyway, their team needs are nothing surprising to fans. In order, they are defensive end, linebacker, offensive line, cornerback. That’s probably a fair list, although I might replace either corner or OL with running back considering that Cadillac Williams is a free agent and Kareem Huggins completely tore his knee up and may never be what he once was — which we never got a chance to find out. But overall it’s a decent list. It’s the concluding paragraph I have a problem with.

Overview: Now comes the hard part. Dominik found Freeman in ’09, but the rest of his first draft was blah.

I read a couple weeks ago another critical assessment of Mark Dominik’s first solo draft. I didn’t quote it because I thought it was just one dipshit’s opinion, but I guess he’s not alone. The 2009 Bucs draft was far from a bust, even discounting Freeman. The Bucs traded a second-rounder for Kellen Winslow, so you have to include that. Their third-rounder was Roy Miller, a regular and productive contributor. Kyle Moore hasn’t done a lot and Xavier Fulton did nothing, so you can count those against him. But he got E.J. Biggers and Sammie Stroughter in the seventh, both excellent value picks for guys who have played a lot of games. Overall, I’d say it was a very good draft. One superstar, one trade for a superstar, three producers and two busts. No team hits every pick and I’d say five for seven is pretty damn good looking back two years, so Gregg Rosenthal can eat a hot dick sandwich for his “blah” assessment of the Bucs’ 2009 draft.

5 Comments to “Stop Doggin’ Dominik For 2009 Draft”


mcLovin (April 19, 2011 at 08:53am:

I couldn’t agree more Scott, sounds like another journalist who just refused to do the tiniest bit of studying, it was a pretty good draft overall. I think running back should be on their as well, and safety without a doubt. Linebacker could be one to replace if they decide to re-sign their free agents, although they have had some in for pre-draft visits, so who knows.

Mark S

Mark S (April 19, 2011 at 09:54am:

There was a great article, which of course I cannot find now, that interviewed Colts GM on evaluating draft success. If I remember correctly, anything over 40% is successful and anything over 50% is wildly successful.

Mark S

Mark S (April 19, 2011 at 09:57am:

I found the article. Of all places to find good information, it was in ESPN.

Professor Joe

Professor Joe (April 20, 2011 at 08:12pm:

Kinda funny we still had a good draft when we were drafting talent to run offensive and defensive schemes that we weren’t running by mid-season… But no one seems to remember that.


campyone (April 23, 2011 at 08:52pm:

I’d be willing to bet that any team with a need at QB as great as the Bucs’ in ’09 wouldn’t be too upset with a draft that produced a franchise QB and a pro bowl TE no matter what happened with the rest of the draft.

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