Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ronde Barber Among Bucs Draft Presenters

For this weekend's draft, former Buc greats Ronde Barber and Anthony McFarland, as well as celebrity Bucs fan Dick Vitale, will announce Tampa Bay's picks on Friday and Saturday.

The best photos of cornerback Ronde Barber.

Ronde Barber is perhaps the greatest third-round draf tpick the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have ever made; only John Lynch could realistically spark a counterargument. This Friday, Barber will reveal a name that could someday challenge him for that distinction.

The 2016 NFL Draft begins with Round One on Thursday in Chicago, and as usual Commissioner Roger Goodell will announce the picks throughout the evening. On Friday and Saturday, however, the league's 32 teams will have designated presenters to reveal the remainder of the selections. The Buccaneers will turn those duties over to former Buccaneer defensive tackle Anthony McFarland in Round Two, Barber in Round Three and noted Bucs fan Dick Vitale for the remainder of the team's selections.

The Buccaneers selected Barber with the 66th overall pick in 1997. Baring a trade, he will announce pick #74 on Friday night, and the Bucs would be ecstatic if the player they get at that spot builds a career half as successful as the one Barber enjoyed in Tampa from 1997-2012.

A strong Pro Football Hall of Fame Candidate, Barber set franchise records for games played (241), starts (232), interceptions (47) and defensive touchdowns (12) over 16 seasons with the Buccaneers. The only player in NFL history to record at least 40 interceptions and 25 sacks, Barber is also the Bucs' second all-time leading tackler (1,428), a remarkable achievement for a cornerback. He went to five Pro Bowls, was a three-time first-team All-Pro and was a member of the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 2000s.

McFarland was another draft-day success story for the Buccaneers. The man affectionately known as "Booger" was Tampa Bay's first-round selection in 1999 and was a starter on one of the league's best defenses for seven-plus seasons before being traded to Indianapolis in 2006. McFarland won a championship ring in both of his NFL stops, though he was on injured reserve during the Bucs' postseason run in 2002. After serving as a reserve in his rookie season, McFarland started the last 84 games he played as a Buccaneer and finished his run in Tampa With 20 sacks, four forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. McFarland is currently set to announce pick number 39 on Friday.

Both Barber and McFarland found second careers in the media after their playing days were over. Barber is currently a game analyst for Fox Sports NFL broadcasts while McFarland serves as an analyst on the SEC Network. The Buccaneers' Day Three presenter has been working in the sports broadcasting field for nearly four decades and is one of the most colorful announcers in the business.

Dick Vitale first began providing analysis for basketball games in 1979 on the new ESPN network after 20 years as a coach on the high school, college and professional levels. He developed into such an iconic media member that in 2008 he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor to the sport. He lives near Bradenton, Florida and is a vocal supporter of the Bay area's sports teams.

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