Five Worst Second Round Busts in Bucs History

NFL NEWS: Tampa Bay Bucs

We discussed the best Bucs second round picks, but now, let’s look at their worst.

Criteria is a bit rough since the worst of the worst really under-performed their standing and in certain cases, never played for another team.

Without further adieu, here are the real stinkers.

Brett Moritz

As a touted prospect spending time with Army and Nebraska, Mortiz had the ideal frame and stature of what Bucs head coach John McKay wanted in a guard, a 6-foot-5 and 250 lb. workhorse. Moritz was selected 44th overall in the 1978 draft.

Unfortunately, he never started a game and became a liability on special teams missing blocks and hesitating to engage defenders. Playing only six games, he injured his back ending up on injured reserve never to play for the Bucs again nor for any other NFL team.

Booker Reese

Originally slated for the 17th overall selection in the first round in the 1982 draft, offensive lineman Sean Farrell‘s name was read instead by personnel director Ken Herock due to a bad phone connection. To make up for their mistake, the Bucs traded their 1983 first round choice to the Chicago Bears for their fourth pick in the second round to take Reese.

Reese spent the better part of his tenure with the team on the bench backing up veteran Dave Stalls, third round pick John Cannon the following year and David Logan following his holdout. When Logan came back to the team, Reese ended up third string backing up Cannon and Brinson Manor.

Reese played 24 games for team, started only seven which was during Logan’s holdout. He registered two interceptions and two sacks. He landed with the Los Angeles Rams in 1984 essentially picking up where he left off, essentially doing nothing for the team through 11 games through the 1985 season before calling it quits.

Danny Peebles

Selected 33rd overall in the 1989 draft, Peebles never amounted to a receiving threat catching only 17 balls for 230 yards and one touchdown through 23 games in two seasons with the team. He became a kick returner in 1990 fielding 18 balls for 369 yards. He wrapped his career with the Cleveland Browns in 1991 playing seven games returning eight kicks for 149 yards. He retired shortly after a helmet-to-helmet collision with Houston Oiler‘s Bubba McDowell on Nov. 17.


Brian Price

The second round choice of the Bucs in the 2010 draft, Price was the second defensive tackle picked by the Bucs after first rounder Gerald McCoy. While McCoy became a staple of the Bucs defense, Price had a lackluster two seasons with the team despite an injury-shortened rookie year. He only played 20 games and starting in 14 registering three sacks and 36 combined tackles through two seasons.

In July 2012, Price was traded to the Chicago Bears for a seventh round pick, who was then waived on September. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys to a futures contract in December before being released in May 2013.

Dexter Jackson

We’re not talking about Super Bowl XXXVII MVP, but the wide receiver from Appalachian State drafted in the second round in 2008 for returning purposes.

Not only was he a stretch of a pick, but he also only played in seven games for the team and what ended up for his career.

His combine time of 4.27 seconds, faster than any other receiver, drove his stock up and eventually in a Buccaneers uniform. In his seven games, he returned 20 punts for 97 yards and 14 kickoffs for 327 yards. He never scored a touchdown.

Jackson served on the practice squads of the Carolina Panthers from 2009-2010 and the New York Jets from 2011-2012. He had a brief stint with the UFL’s Virginia Destroyers in 2011.


About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News,, and Tampa Tribune.
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