Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2008 NFL Draft Grade
There were not many gambles for coach Gruden this year. They picked Aqib Talib at a great spot in the first round. I really didn't think he'd still be there at pick twenty. He's a great prospect and should start opposite Ronde Barber and eventually take his place.

The speedy Dexter Jackson from FCS Appalachian State may have been a risk, but he will get an opportunity returning kicks to get his feet wet in the NFL. Jeremy Zuttah and Dre Moore add much needed flexibility on their respective lines, a much needed commodity in Tampa. Cory Boyd has a nice frame and good potential as a versatile halfback, but it’s surprising they didn't address the position earlier in the draft given the health concerns of Cadillac Williams.  

The steal for the Bucs comes in Josh Johnson from San Diego. It is no surprise that Tampa took a quarterback, given Gruden's infatuation with the position. Johnson was incredibly efficient in college and has the potential to be an eventual starter in the league. He may start the season on the practice squad but has a huge upside if he can learn to throw a consistent long ball. He is a super athletic and a talented prospect. 

Round 1 (20) – Aqib Talib – CB – 6’1” 202 – Kansas 

Round 2 (58) – Dexter Jackson – WR – 5’10” 182 – Appalachian State 

Round 3 (83) – Jeremy Zuttah – OG – 6’4” 303 – Rutgers 

Round 4 (115) – Dre Moore – DT – 6’4” 305 – Maryland 

Round 5 (160) – Josh Johnson – QB – 6’3” 198 – San Diego State 

Round 6 (175) – Geno Hayes – ILB – 6’1” 226 – Florida State 

Round 7 (238) – Cory Boyd – RB – 6’1” 213 – South Carolina 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Draft Grade – C+ 

By T. Lewis, 20Yardline.com
May 7, 2008