Kim Klement, US PRESSWIRE
April 27, 2012
General manager Mark Dominik wasted little time transforming the Bucs into the type of team Greg Schiano preferred in making Rutgers a Big East power. Schiano coached Ed Reed while at Miami (Fla.) and might see a similar combination of instincts and ball skills with Mark Barron (above left). The team aggressively traded back into the first round to land Doug Martin (above right), a similarly talented all-purpose back to Ray Rice, who starred under Schiano with the Scarlet Knights. Then, the Bucs found outside linebacker Lavonte David, an ultra-productive linebacker from Nebraska in the second whose instincts, athleticism and physicality have drawn comparisons to former Tampa Bay great Derrick Brooks. Of their day three picks -- Najee Goode and Keith Tandy, a pair of former Big East standouts and West Virginia teammates Schiano coached against -- stand out but make no mistake about it, this was a draft built on the strength of their first three selections -- a trio as impressive as any in the 2012 draft.