Commentary

Examining the Buccaneers' draft profile

Originally Published: April 17, 2009
By Gary Horton | ESPN.com
Here is a look at the factors that will come into play in theTampa Bay Buccaneers draft room:

Decision Makers
This front office is in unchartered waters with the departure of head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen -- two guys who were joined at the hip in their personnel philosophies. Enter a new head coach Raheem Morris, who has no experience in making personnel decisions, and new general manager Mark Dominik, who has never run a front office or extensively been involved with contract negotiations. Director of college scouting Dennis Hickey can set the draft board and gather information, but don't be surprised if coordinator of pro scouting Doug Williams has an upgraded role. The success of this new regime will depend on the working relationship decisions of Morris and Dominik.

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Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.