The Cursed Class Of 2007 (Revisited)

December 1st, 2010

The news yesterday of the Bucs letting Sabby go brought back to mind for Joe the cursed draft class of 2007.

Of the Bucs nine players taken in that draft, only two — two! — are currently on the Bucs roster and a third is playing with the Rams, Kenneth Darby.

Just take a look at the Bucs cursed class of 2007:

First round: Gaines Adams, dead.

Second round: Arron Sears, unable to play.

Second round: Sabby, out of work.

Third round: Quincy Black, starting but with mixed results.

Fourth round: Tanard Jackson, gifted but has pretty much smoked his way out of the league.

Fifth round: Greg Peterson, out of work.

Sixth round: Adam Hayward, backup.

Seventh round: Chris Denman, out of work.

Seventh round: Marcus Hamilton, out of work.

Seventh round: Kenneth Darby, playing for the Rams.

Folks, that’s downright miserable. And people actually wonder why Bruce Almighty and Chucky were given their walking papers by Team Glazer, and Chucky’s so desperate to get back into coaching he’s rumored to be flirting with the Canes as Joe types this very post.

33 Responses to “The Cursed Class Of 2007 (Revisited)”

  1. Ash Says:

    Thank god Dom has taken over the draft and provided scouts with new directives

  2. Buc You Says:

    Would be funny if he went to Miami. Most Miami fans are the type who hated Gruden coaching the Bucs.

    So I would like to see him go to Miami for karma purposes alone. :-)

  3. tj Says:

    Quincy Black the LB that blitzes the most and has 2 sacks for his carrer. Last time this was posted someone said Black was better tahn Hayes. Now I am not saying Hayes is all pro but he has had more Forced Fumbles big hits along with a pick 6. I dont beleive in Black at all would love to see more Watson and Hayward .

  4. JDouble Says:

    Now lets look at 2010 draft/FA….

    1. Gerald McCoy
    2. Brian Price
    2. Arrelious Benn
    3. Myron Lewis
    3. Tyrone McKenzie (2009) Counting him cause he is basically a rookie
    3. Alex Magee (2009) Trade but bascially rookie
    4. Mike Williams
    4. Al Woods
    4. EJ Wilson
    5. Larry Asante
    6. Dezmon Briscoe
    6. Ted Larsen
    7. Cody Grimm
    7. Dekoda Watson
    7. EJ Biggers (2009 but on IR all year)
    7. Erik Lorig
    7. Doug Worthington
    FA: LeGarette Blount
    FA: Vince Anderson (2009 but basicly a rookie)
    FA: Preston Parker
    FA: Brandon Carter
    FA: Robert Malone

  5. JDouble Says:

    I left off the 6th round punter cause he was the only bust so far. Amazing amount of young talent aquired this year. Amazing.

  6. Gary Says:

    I would love to see Gruden go to the Canes, his shtick might be better suited to boys rather than grown men. If he can’t do it in college, we will have further proof of his overly hyped coaching skills.

  7. Atrain WD40 Says:

    I think you guys are nuts! Gruden helped us win a superbowl that deserves respect!

  8. JDouble Says:

    Griden does great with vets, but name me one young guy he developed successfully….he just didn’t have the ability or patience to work with young men. Maybe his time coaching highschool has helped him in that regard.

  9. Gary Says:

    Atrain, I respect him for that however with our D and his offensive “genius” we should have more than 1 trophy… that, I can’t forgive him for.

  10. Joe Says:

    Griden does great with vets, but name me one young guy he developed successfully….he just didn’t have the ability or patience to work with young men. Maybe his time coaching highschool has helped him in that regard.

    That’s why it’s so hilarious the Canes are trying to hire him.

  11. Kevin Says:

    Somehow I dont think Gruden is “desperate” to do anything and will be heavily courted this upcoming off season. That being said, I too was ready for him to move on.

  12. bucfanjeff Says:

    Joe, what’s up with joeboltsfan? It was here, then gone for a long while, then back and now no updating…is it in the tank again?

  13. Atrain WD40 Says:

    Please remember the salary cap hell Mckay left us in and loss of 4 first and 2 second round picks with the addition of Gru and key. This was an all or nothing crapshoot that paid off! Gru did what he could do under those financial and draft handicaps.

  14. Hire Greg Olson! Says:

    Buc You Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Would be funny if he went to Miami. Most Miami fans are the type who hated Gruden coaching the Bucs.
    =================================================

    What the hell are you talking about?

  15. Hire Greg Olson! Says:

    @JDouble

    When did we sign Tyrone Mckenzie??
    Recently, huh?

    That’s awesome. Go Bulls.

  16. Joe Says:

    bucfanjeff:

    Joe had about two weeks of major technical difficulties.

  17. BamBamBuc Says:

    Atrain: The 2007 draft class was well after the team lost those draft choices and recovered from salary cap nightmares. We were all willing to give him a pass for 2003 to 2005 (maybe even 2006) in exchange for the Super Bowl win. But continued horrible drafts and few young players coming in for 2007 and 2008 that were worth anything at all… that’s why he doesn’t continue to get a break. Love him for what he did early, glad he’s gone for what he did after.

    HGO: McKenzie was signed a while ago, been on the practice squad like 3 or 4 weeks now if I remember correctly.

  18. derf Says:

    JDouble,

    On the outset I’d say your list of 2010 draftee’s looks good.

    BUT

    Let’s not pop the champagne corks just yet. WHY? Two words for you:

    Michael Clayton (and I’m NOT talking about the movie with George Clooney)

  19. derf Says:

    BamBam – I guess from Gruden’s perspective who cared about the draft right? I mean they were just unproven college kids and if I recall correctly Jon didn’t like to play rookies AT ALL.

    Still doesn’t excuse the CRAP that Allen drafted – he really was a POW; knew how to manipulate the salary cap hell that McKay left the Bucs in but talent evaluator? Please Allen wouldn’t know talent if it punched him in the face.

  20. BamBamBuc Says:

    derf – I can’t even argue with the salary cap hell we were in at the time. We had to sign players like Brooks, Lynch, Sapp, Alstott and bring in guys like Brad Johnson, Keyshawn, Jerevicious, etc. just to win that Super Bowl. There’s a reason we were in cap hell, and it was WELL worth it. It took a couple years to reverse that and the team was old and cheap at that point. Competitive enough to MAYBE make the playoffs each year, but never good enough to contend for another title.

    Thanks for the Super Bowl, now let’s move on. I like the young group we’ve got, even though they’re “cheap” because they’re young and a lot of them were picked up off waivers or practice squads or drafted in the mid to late rounds. They won’t be cheap in a couple years when we have to re-sign them.

  21. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Atrain WD40 Says:

    December 1st, 2010 at 10:49 am
    Please remember the salary cap hell Mckay left us in and loss of 4 first and 2 second round picks with the addition of Gru and key. This was an all or nothing crapshoot that paid off! Gru did what he could do under those financial and draft handicaps.

    Has nothing at all to do with draft class and evaluation of young talent.

  22. oar Says:

    Jdouble
    Lets see this 2010 draft list in three years, just to be fair. Dont get me wrong, I agree they seem talented, but lets give them a year or two and see where/how they are playing.

  23. derf Says:

    I like MD’s use of FA picks like Blount. I mean if NO can get Chris Ivory and that Pierre guy why can’t the Bucs do that too?

  24. JDouble Says:

    Few things….

    Oar & derf,

    I’m not saying all the guys on that list will be great, but they are all promising young talent, and out of 22 you’d have to think atleast 10 of those guys will work ouit for us. Ten would still be huge.

    Hire Greg Olsen,

    McKenzie was signed to the PS about a month ago.

    And as far as Gruden going to Miami, I think it would be good for him. I think before he comes back to the NFL he should coach some college and try to improve his ability to mentor and develope young men. It was his biggest weakness. If he can improve that part of his coaching, he could eventually come back and be a great NFL coach. If he comes back right now I have a feeling he’ll continue to coach all veteran teams and run into the same problems of not building for the future.

  25. d-money Says:

    @Gary

    “we should have more than 1 trophy… that, I can’t forgive him for.”

    If you want to be mad at someone for that I’d start with Tony Dungy. He squandered a Super Bowl caliber defense for at least 4 years.

    We should be kissing Gruden’s feet that he was able to come in and get the one he did.

  26. Buc You Says:

    As if Super Bowls are easy.

    Tampa won’t see another Super Bowl for a LOOOONG time with Raheem at the helm.

    About the 2010 pickups.

    You have to wait until 2012 to see if they are still on the roster.
    How are you counting 4 guys from 2009′s draft?
    And yes, the punter in the 6th. So he doesn’t get on the list?

    Were these two guys drafted in the 3rd round in 2009?
    3. Tyrone McKenzie (2009) Counting him cause he is basically a rookie
    3. Alex Magee (2009) Trade but bascially rookie

  27. oar Says:

    Well, we got rid of a Booger for a Goat that 2007 draft year. Go figure!

  28. oar Says:

    Anybody else remember this? Sabby was our 2nd 2nd rnd pick from our trade with Indy for MacFarland .

  29. christopher Says:

    Remember, the big debate was “Do we trade the 4th pick & the 2 second rounders for the 2nd pick, thereby getting Calvin Johnson?”, & the answer, according to Bruce Allen, was no. You KNOW Gruden wanted that, but he let Monte pick Gaines, & Allen make the decision against Megatron(3 for 1, I understand, but you better be damn sure of those 3).

    You go into a draft with a board, & clearly they had Gaines, Sears, & Sabby high on their board—a nice guy who didn’t seem to like football, a tackle moving to guard, imo always risky(from finesse to brute), & another guy who was a freakish athlete who isn’t that into football.
    It’s why you pick football players who happen to be good athletes(Cody Grimm, & probably Gerald McCoy), as opposed to just Supermen in Shorts. & why the mantra by Dom “try to get team captains from premiere programs, because they probably LIKE football” was very smart…

  30. Buc You Says:

    I have always thought that Sabby was a reach in the second round. Or at least thats what the experts claimed post draft.

    This time I think the experts were right.

  31. Tom Says:

    The 2010 draft, at this point, looks awesome. So sad how little talent we got in the prior drafts. Still, if you are looking for the kind of draft that can turn a franchise around, this one looks good – with the accurate Clayton warning. I believe Williams will be a beast for years… the pick I worry about is Price. And why in GOd’s name can we get a punter????

  32. Anthony Says:

    I wish you would have used the words ‘passed on’ instead of ‘dead’ with gaines, although he didn’t live up to his draft slot he was a human being and deserves to be treated as such even while he is no longer with us. The way you just list dead seems disrespectful. Love all your work, just thought it was a poor choice of words.

  33. McBuc Says:

    Dead is the word for some one who has died. I would not even say “dead” is not PC.

    Buc You…HGO asked you “what the hell you are you talking about” in regards to the Miami thing…Why don’t you ever answer after writing gibberish?

 
 

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