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Nick Houllis
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Nick Houllis

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Don't sleep on Bucs


Being Biased, without a doubt the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did a fantastic job of addressing their needs in this draft, including one many have not taken into account; need for splash.

Local fans have been very down on the Bucs for some time now, and with the news that blackouts are in store for 2010 for the first time ever at Raymond James, Bucs fans who weren't around for the Tony Dungy turnaround in 1996 don't really understand the Glazers' blueprints for this project. They see the team's lack of spending in free agency as frugal and cheap. After this draft however, many fans -- especially the more knowledgeable ones -- finally got it kicked in their heads that these upper level draft picks ARE going to cost the Glazers a pretty penny, and that these talented youngsters are going to be the nucleus that Derrick Brooks, John Lynch, Mike Alstott and Warren Sapp were 15 or so years ago.

The addition of two defensive tackles will give long spoiled defensive-minded Bucs fans what they are longing for; a reason to get excited when the defense takes the field again. Unlike the Dungy blueprints however, offense isn't being left out for desert. Mike Williams was a fantastic bargain gamble in the fourth round, and the pickup of Arrelious Benn could be the Marvin Harrison to Josh Freeman's Peyton Manning.

Even the addition of a starter in round 6, albeit as a punter, has caused a few ripples in the airwaves here in Tampa. Last year at this time, sports fans were uncharacteristically talking Rays. Today, the topics are spread out a little more evenly, and the Bucs are starting to get back their market dominance over the Tampa Bay airwaves.

By Nick Houllis  |  May 5, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  | Category:  Draft , NFL , Tampa Bay Buccaneers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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