Sloppy Seconds

August 7th, 2020

Mark, you started this.”

Buccaneers general managers and coaches have had various batting averages through The Lost Decade (2010 through 2019) and nearly all were abysmal.

During that stretch, Tampa Bay stepped up to the plate 15 times in Round 2 of the NFL Draft.

This all comes to mind for Joe as cornerback M.J. Stewart, the No. 53 overall pick in 2018, was cut by the Bucs yesterday.

The two cornerbacks taken after Stewart? Isaiah Oliver, an average but talented NFL starter for the Falcons, and above average Panthers starter Donte Jackson, who has seven interceptions in his two seasons.

Ironically, former Bucs general manager Mark Dominik (2009-2013) was on SiriusXM NFL Radio shortly after Stewart was drafted and wondered aloud what general manager Jason Licht was possibly thinking.

Oh, well, on to the history!

Here are the Bucs’ second-round picks of The Lost Decade:

Sean Murphy-Bunting (2019)
Ronald Jones (2018)
M.J. Stewart (2018)
Carlton Davis (2018)
Justin Evans (2017)
Noah Spence (2016)
Roberto Aguayo (2016)
Donovan Smith (2015)
Ali Marpet (2015)
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (2014)
Johnthan Banks (2013)
Lavonte David (2012)
Da’Quan Bowers (2011)
Brian Price (2010)
Arrelious Benn (2010)

Joe’s breath literally was taken away looking at that list.

There are a couple of superior decisions in there, and too many historic blunders.

The next wide receiver off the board after Benn was Golden Tate, and Rob Gronkowski went three picks after Benn. The Bucs liked Gronk very much, but the year before they had just coughed up a second-round pick for future serial violent felon and Vaseline aficionado Kellen Winslow, Jr.

Joe will spare readers a Da’Quan Bowers rant, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins is best known for getting kicked out of a spring practice and his stunning Tampa arrest video.

In 2016, the famous neck-up evaluations at One Buc Palace took a year off.

Hopefully, Murphy-Bunting, Davis and Jones can come through and have history remember the Bucs batting .400 in Round 2 during The Lost Decade. That would be a solid rate.

The three second-round picks prior to The Lost Decade fit in perfectly to the renowned Bucs circus show/tragic drama: Dexter Jackson, Sabby “The Goat” Piscitelli and Arron Sears.

21 Responses to “Sloppy Seconds”

  1. Kobe Faker Says:

    “You win thru the draft

    Any normal sports fan would have drafted Dalvin Cook and Derwin James

    The last 2 years the Bucs would have been in the playoffs with Cook, Derwin James and JW3

    What could and should have been”

    Kobe Faker

  2. Ed Kerber Says:

    Lifetime 2nd Round picks for Bucs 1976-2020

    Very few that will have busts in Canton, Many more that had 1 or 2 good years, most are just “busts”:

    2020 2 Antoine Winfield Jr.
    2019 2 Sean Murphy-Bunting
    2018 2 Ronald Jones II
    2018 2 M.J. Stewart
    2018 2 Carlton Davis
    2017 2 Justin Evans
    2016 2 Noah Spence
    2016 2 Roberto Aguayo
    2015 2 Donovan Smith
    2015 2 Ali Marpet
    2014 2 Austin Seferian-Jenkins
    2013 2 Johnthan Banks
    2012 2 Lavonte David
    2011 2 Da’Quan Bowers
    2010 2 Brian Price
    2010 2 Arrelious Benn
    2008 2 Dexter Jackson
    2007 2 Arron Sears
    2007 2 Sabby Piscitelli
    2006 2 Jeremy Trueblood
    2005 2 Barrett Ruud
    2003 2 Dewayne White
    2000 2 Cosey Coleman
    1999 2 Shaun King
    1998 2 Jacquez Green
    1998 2 Brian Kelly
    1997 2 Jerry Wunsch
    1996 2 Mike Alstott
    1995 2 Melvin Johnson
    1994 2 Errict Rhett
    1993 2 Demetrious DuBose
    1992 2 Courtney Hawkins
    1990 2 Reggie Cobb
    1989 2 Danny Peebles
    1988 2 Lars Tate
    1987 2 Ricky Reynolds
    1987 2 Winston Moss
    1987 2 Don Smith
    1986 2 Jackie Walker
    1986 2 Kevin Murphy
    1984 2 Keith Browner
    1983 2 Randy Grimes
    1982 2 Booker Reese
    1981 2 James Wilder
    1980 2 Kevin House
    1979 2 Greg Roberts
    1979 2 Gordon Jones
    1978 2 Johnny Davis
    1978 2 Brett Moritz
    1977 2 Dave Lewis
    1976 2 Jimmy DuBose
    1976 2 Dewey Selmon

  3. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    Oh hi Kobe glad yo see you and your delusions are back.

  4. Hodad Says:

    Did not read this article. I knew it would be to depressing.

  5. bucsfan951 Says:

    kobe faker

    you do realize that both players have missed significant time in their young careers…

    also, james declined a pre draft private workout with the bucs

    but you keep doing you, faker.

    here is my favorite post by kobe faker from 2017

    “1st rd, corey davis. 2nd rd, dede westbrook. licht can do what ever he wants with the rest of the draft and fa

    both are averaging a nice 600 yards per season and dede was selected in the 4th rd

    plz tell me how you would be a good gm again AFTER the fact… hindsight is 20/20 right kobe?

  6. Buczilla Says:

    Pretty depressing lists from the Joe’s and Ed Kerber. Thnx, I was actually enjoying this Friday. 😛

  7. rrsrq Says:

    Loved me some Jimmy DuBose, primarily because he was my neighbor – but this list, whheeeewww boyeeee

  8. Clean House Says:

    Loved me some Lars Tate 1988 going sky high over the pile into the end zone!

  9. Cobraboy Says:

    I suspect fans of every team in the NFL have similar gripes about their draft choices, where a 50% success rate is a massive, huge, winning %…

  10. Clean House Says:

    Saw Errict Rhett rush for over two hundred in person at a home game- one of my favorite Bucs memories.

  11. SammyRebel Says:

    Joe just imagine it, we could have traded a 2nd round pick to the patriots for chandler jones 2 years ago!!!

  12. Allbuccedup Says:

    The last two years the picks look more promising than in previous years. Probably the BA influence.

  13. mike Says:

    j banks over his teammate darius slay. The list of compaints is so long. Nothing dumber than thekicker ever.

  14. Joe Says:

    Joe just imagine it, we could have traded a 2nd round pick to the patriots for chandler jones 2 years ago!!!


  15. Howard Cosell Says:

    Lots of great 2nd round picks in there too.
    The only glaring flaw is the Aguayo experiment…
    and that showed huge cajones. It was a gamble.

    Howard likes Licht better than Rock Star Helmet Hair
    and Bruce Almighty Helmet Hair.
    At least the Glazer brats learned that hair is NOT the
    most important quality in an NFL GM

  16. TampaTown Says:

    Glad this article was about 2nd round draft picks. Didn’t know where you were going with the “sloppy seconds” headline.


    I mean I see a future HoF (LD) and about 5 quality players (Rojo, SMB, CD, AM, DS)from your list. Everyone else is trash, but decent haul. Could have always done better in retrospect.

  18. Jason Says:

    I’d be curious to see this list for the teams that have been crushing it for the last decade or so.

  19. SOEbuc Says:

    I feel bad for any any player in the second going back to Lovie.

  20. Rob in Land O Lakes Says:

    Mark Dominik criticizing Jason Licht’s draft thought process is like the guy who won “Worst Cook in America” on Food Network criticizing the second worst cook in America.

  21. D-Rome Says:

    I see 10 BUSTS on that list above.