Bucs Go After A Running Back

April 30th, 2011

From the west coast of the east coast, the Bucs decide to pluck a running back from the left coast.

In the sixth round with their sixth pick of the draft, Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik picks up a running back from USC, Allen Bradford.

Though Bradford wasn’t the leading rusher for the Trojans, he did have the highest yards-per-rush average with 7.2 yards a carry and scored five touchdowns playing in an NFL-style offense under Lane Kiffin.

Pete Carroll once said of Bradford, from the USC website: “You can see his explosiveness, the great hand-eye coordination he has and the big plays in him…He’s really a stud. He’s tough, he’s physical, he plays hard every day, he won’t back down from any challenge. The players respect him because they know he’s hard as nails and brings it. It’s a quiet toughness.”

21 Responses to “Bucs Go After A Running Back”

  1. Matt B Says:

    This pick is a direct result of our inability to convert 3-1 and 4-1’s last ssn. Bradford will be used like Zach Crockett was with the Raiders… I still would’ve gone a different way such as RT Daniel Ziemba from Auburn or LB Ross Homan from Ohio St.

  2. DSZ Says:

    Like this pick a lot. Good 3rd and short guy and (I’m pretty sure everybody here knows) we could have used one of those last year.

  3. justin Says:

    sucks that the uconn rb was taken 3 or 4 picks before us but this guy should be solid

  4. Big Buc Says:

    Haven’t heard of the guy, but after reading about him, the pick makes sense. The Bucs had a lot of trouble converting 3rd and 4th and short and from the scouting report, this is something that Bradford does well. Also, given the similarities with Blount, he adds more competition to the running back position, particularly to Blount, which can hopefully keep Blount motivated and hungry.

  5. SHIVVER Says:

    Noel Devine should have been the pick…..

  6. TopDoggie Says:

    7.2 per rush and not the leading rusher. Who was he backing up?

  7. Patrick Says:

    is noel devine seriously still available?

  8. gitarlvr Says:

    BRUISER. Bradford is a 240 power back who still posseses decent speed (4.58) He will be the Bucs short yardage back and has feature back size and speed so the Bucs may give him significantly more carries than just the short yardage stuff. The Bucs still need a third down back at this point. Maybe the Bucs are going to make a strong push to resign Caddy.

  9. NJBucFan Says:

    He wasn’t the starter….only started 4 games

  10. NJBucFan Says:

    Devine is small and with the new kick off rule, loses value

  11. gitarlvr Says:

    on a side note… Still no CB? Im thinking the Bucs will be looking at cornerbacks in free agency for sure now. Maybe not Nnamdi but its not like he will be the sole free agent CB. How much more likely does this make it that the Bucs give Talib a big ole hug and tell him its ok if he skates on his charge?

  12. Bucs4ever Says:

    i immediately thought of Blount when I saw this kid…I wish we would’ve went after Derrick Locke…i want a top speed player oh so bad
    but in any case, I trust Dom..welcome to the BUCS Bradford!

  13. SHIVVER Says:

    Devine is still available. Blount, Graham, Lumpkin and Rendrick Taylor are all power backs. Devine would have been a better complement to our backfield….

  14. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Could he become our FullBack guy? Like Alstott did?

  15. Aldo Says:

    this tell me there are confident un huggins, or at least seems to have mora value than devine.

    CB can be adressed at FA, and i think jonathan joseph can be a real option for us, , also, i think talib is for the long haul

  16. Weneeddefense Says:

    Yeah, they need to make him a lead blocker if possible.

  17. gitarlvr Says:

    I read that he has been used as a lead blocking fullback at times at USC.

  18. BigMacAttack Says:

    I like the pick. He is all muscle, faster than Ingram, Stronger than Ingram, and 30 pounds heavier. I read he benched 225, 28 reps. Sounds like a nice compliment to Blount. The Bash Brothers all the way. I think Caddy sticks around but I’m guessing that Graham, Huggins and Rendrick Taylor are gone. Lorig, who knows? A young team is getting younger…. and stronger. This is crazy. It seems like everything ATL and NOLA do in the draft, Dom does better and trumps their every move. We’ll see, but Dom is rockin it again. I don’t think Joke-quizz will last in the NFL. Another ATL bad move.

  19. Weneeddefense Says:

    I still like Lumpkin a lot, so I think we are good. And who knows, we could always sign ReggienBush 🙂 and use Bradford as the lead blocker.

  20. Capt.Tim Says:

    Apparently the Bucs are going to pound the opposing Defenses with Blount and this guy. I like the idea.

  21. 2 Buc Bill Says:

    rhino backfield 2.0