Reidel Anthony is the only wide receiver ever drafted in the first round by Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay's War Room is locked down. If you're not a scout and your surname isn't Dungy or McKay, chances are you won't be invited in.
However, only one slim wall separates this draft-weekend nerve center from the Buccaneers' locker room, which will house dozens of participating media members on Saturday and Sunday. No weekend between the Super Bowl and training camp is covered with as much intensity as the draft, and to satisfy the hunger for information, the Buccaneers' communications department annually converts the dressing room into a media center.
In addition, the Buccaneers swamp the attending media with informational packets and books. One of the items prepared for the media in anticipation for the draft is the official team release on the subject. Read it below in its entirety.
Saturday, April 21 (Noon - 10 p.m.) Sunday, April 22 (11 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York
Team Media Headquarters:
One Buccaneer Place Locker Room
Seven - Rounds 1-3 on Saturday, Rounds 4-7 on Sunday. A total of 246 selections, including 31 compensatory choices that have been awarded to 16 teams, including one for the Buccaneers in the 7th round (234 overall).
Round 1 - 15 minutes per team Round 2 - 10 minutes per team Rounds 3 through 7 - Five minutes per team
ESPN (Saturday, Noon - 7 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. ESPN2 (Saturday, 7 p.m. - Conclusion, Sunday, 1 p.m. - Conclusion).
Sal Paolantonio will report live from One Buccaneer Place
www.buccaneers.com. The site will track every selection in the draft, as well as feature exclusive live interviews with GM Rich McKay, Director of College Scouting Tim Ruskell and all Buccaneer press conferences live.
BUCS READY WITH 10 PICKS IN DRAFT
The Buccaneers have 10 selections in this year's NFL draft, their most since they chose 10 players in the 1997 draft. Tampa Bay has one pick in each of the first five rounds (21, 51, 84, 117 and 151 overall), as well as two picks in the sixth round (174 and 183) and three choices in the seventh round (205, 223 and 234).
2000 NFL DRAFT REVIEW
Last year Tampa Bay pulled off arguably the biggest trade in franchise history when it swapped its two first-round selections (13th and 27th overall) to the New York Jets for WR Keyshawn Johnson. The Buccaneers also traded their second and fourth-round selections to Carolina for its second-round selection, using that pick to draft G Cosey Coleman.
Four of last year's five picks made the roster and all saw action during the 2000 season. A look at last year's picks:
G Cosey Coleman - Tennessee - 2nd round - 51st overall LB Nate Webster – Miami – 3rd round - 90th overall TE James Whalen – Kentucky – 5th round - 157th overall S David Gibson – USC – 6th round - 193rd overall QB Joe Hamilton - Georgia Tech – 7th round - 234th overall
BUCS TO HOLD FIRST ANNUAL DRAFT DAY DASH 5K
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will hold a 5K race on Saturday, April 21st to coincide with the first day of this year's NFL Draft. The race will be sponsored by Pewter Partner TECO Energy.
Tampa Bay General Manager Rich McKay will serve as the official starter for the 9:00 a.m. race and will also run the entire route before reporting to One Buc Place for the draft.
The run will start outside Raymond James Stadium, proceed through Al Lopez Park and finish with participants running through the stadium tunnel and onto the football field. There will be a post-race party on the field featuring awards for the top 100 finishers and prize drawings for Buccaneer pirate ship tickets and VIP passes to the Bucs training camp.
All proceeds from the Draft Day Dash will go to local charities. Registration is available online prior to the race at www.buccaneers.com.
For more information, contact the Bucs at (813) 870-2700.
S DRAFT BY POSITION
Tampa Bay All-Time First-Round Selections:
Defensive Line (7) - Lee Roy Selmon, Ron Holmes, Eric Curry, Warren Sapp, Regan Upshaw, Marcus Jones, Anthony McFarland
Linebacker (4) - Hugh Green, Broderick Thomas, Keith McCants, Derrick Brooks
Offensive Line (4) - Ray Snell, Sean Farrell, Paul Gruber, Charles McRae
Quarterback (3) - Doug Williams, Vinny Testaverde, Trent Dilfer
Running Back (3) - Ricky Bell, Bo Jackson, Warrick Dunn
Defensive Back (1) - Rod Jones
Wide Receiver (1) - Reidel Anthony
Tampa Bay All-Time Draft Selections:
Defensive Linemen – 42 Linebackers – 39 Running Backs – 38 Defensive Backs – 37 Offensive Linemen – 36 Wide Receivers - 33 Quarterbacks - 18 Tight Ends - 12 Punters - 5 Placekickers - 4
Four of Tampa Bay's five 2000 draft selections made the active roster, sustaining a trend since Tony Dungy assumed the head coaching reins in 1996. From 1996-00, 22 of the 40 players selected by the Bucs remain on the roster, including 18 of 22 players selected in the first four rounds.
FIRST MINI-CAMP NEXT WEEK
The Buccaneers will hold a mandatory three-day mini-camp for all players, including the team's 2001 draft picks, from Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29. The schedule:
Friday, April 27:
Practice No. 1 - 10:15 a.m. to Noon Practice No. 2 - 3 to 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 28:
Practice No. 3 - 10:15 a.m. to Noon Practice No. 4 - 3 to 4:50 p.m.
Sunday, April 29: Practice No. 5 - 10:15 a.m. to Noon