1984—Tampa dealt the pick for Bengal quarterback Jack Thompson. He played in 18 games and was waived in '85.
1985—The Bucs chose defensive end Ron Holmes of Washington, passing up, among others, Jerry Rice and Jim Lachey. Holmes spent four unremarkable seasons in Tampa before being traded to Denver.
1986—Bo Jackson. Remember? Jackson never signed with the Bucs. The reason, ostensibly, was that they wouldn't allow him to play baseball.
1987—The Bucs took Miami quarterback Vinny Testaverde, who became one of the game's biggest flops. He went to the Browns as a free agent in March.
1988—Gruber, from Wisconsin, was the fourth pick overall.
1989—Nebraska linebacker Broderick Thomas. In 1991 he had 11 sacks and 174 tackles. But in the other 50 games of his career, he has had a total of 14.5 sacks.
1990—Alabama outside linebacker Keith McCants was Superman on paper and Clark Kent on the field.
1991—The Bucs took Tennessee tackle Charles McRae. After a disappointing '91 and '92, he was deactivated in Week 2 of this season, displaced by Theo Adams, an undrafted second-year player who was claimed from Seattle on waivers.
1992—The pick had been traded to the Colts in '90 for quarterback Chris Chandler. Chandler threw 14 interceptions in 13 Buc games before being waived.
And what of April's No. 1 pick, Alabama defensive end Eric Curry? So far he has provided a glimmer of hope, earning a starting job and forcing two fumbles in Tampa Bay's first three games.