Will 2010 Class Sniff The All-Time Greats?

April 9th, 2011

Now just 20 days separate the Bucs from their newest first-round pick. With that in mind, NFL.com reporter Albert Breer dialed up rockstar general manager Mark Dominik to talk about the greatness of his 2010 rookies.

Apparently, Breer found Dominik oozing with confidence.

“I remember Tony Dungy’s team, back in 1997, when we got off to a 5-0 start and Sports Illustrated said, ‘Break Up The Bucs,’” said 39-year-old general manager Mark Dominik, who was in his third year as a Tampa personnel assistant back then. “More than that, at that time, there was a lot of internal belief in what we were doing. I think that’s the spot we’re at again. That’s the most encouraging thing to me.”

As Dominik has talked about previously, the Bucs’ core draft beliefs center heavily around players who were team captains and love everything and anything about football.

And, of course, Dominik has proven he can hunt in the difficult seventh round and among dicey undrafted players like a dominant pelican diving for fish.

But Joe’s of the mind that the 2010 class has a ways to go before reaching superstud status. Four of the Bucs first five picks outside of Mike Williams have an awful lot to prove.

Joe would be more than satisfied if just one of the defensive tackles, Gerald McCoy or Brian Price, turns out to be above average against the run and a force versus the pass.

6 Responses to “Will 2010 Class Sniff The All-Time Greats?”

  1. Brad Says:

    I totally believe both McCoy and Price are going to be dominate at their positions. Price was the best player during camp before the injury and McCoy was coming on late. With an added stud defensive end the D line will be awesome. I do believe with these two plus Benn and Williams and the picks in the later rounds, this could be if not the best draft no less than the second best draft ever in Bucs history.

  2. gotbbucs Says:

    lets check back in on this subject in about ten years, by that time we should have a pretty decent idea of how good it was.

  3. BamBamBuc Says:

    Let’s just say that this class has about as much potential to be one of the best classes we’ve seen in a long time. Potential. Which is better than knowing it’s a horrible draft class after the first year, which is what we’ve been used to for a long time.

  4. SkookumSmitty Says:


  5. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Nice objective conclusion joe! M will is a unique talent. Mccoy may be good but he was bad in all but 2 games last year, bennett and miller and okam were much better. Price too in camp.

    I personally was much more impressed with price pre-injury. Benn showed life, cody was impressive. There is very little known about this group.

  6. gitarlvr Says:

    Thomas- stop hating on your own guy. McCoy was not bad in all but two games. PFF said he got more pressures per down than Suh. Suh is a better finisher and had an insane amount of sacks but he also had quality guys pass rushing around him to put him in position to turn his rushes into sacks. McCoy was the ONLY guy bringing pressure on the Bucs line for most of the year and predictably one guy bringing pressure doesnt result in many sacks. Despite the handicap of the inferior line around him GMC turned on the heat and started playing elite to make his own sacks before he got hurt. You are awful quick to poo poo a guy you should be giving the benefit of the doubt to.