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Freeman goes to Bucs

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2009 first-round draft pick, Josh Freeman gestures during a news conference Monday April 27, 2009 in Tampa, Fla. Freeman was a quarterback at Kansas State.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2009 first-round draft pick, Josh Freeman gestures during a news conference Monday April 27, 2009 in Tampa, Fla. Freeman was a quarterback at Kansas State.

April 26, 2009

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— Raheem Morris shrugged off question after question, rejecting the notion that it must have been difficult deciding between drafting Josh Freeman and finding help for a porous defense that cost Tampa Bay a playoff berth.

“That’s a quarterback,” the first-year coach said Saturday night. “We all know you can’t win in this league without a quarterback. You just can’t do it.”

Ignoring obvious needs on defense, the Buccaneers selected Freeman with the 17th pick in the first round and are counting on the former Kansas State QB developing into a player that will lead the them back among the NFL’s elite.

To get him, they moved up two spots in the draft order, swapping places with the Cleveland Browns, who also received Tampa Bay’s sixth-round pick (No. 191 overall).

“He’s a long-term decision. He’s the direction we’re going,” said Morris, though the Bucs aren’t necessarily expecting Freeman to be the starter right away.

Comments

Practicality 5 years, 8 months ago

What a waste of a pick here. Can anyone say overrrrrrrrrrrrrratttted?

Freestater456 5 years, 8 months ago

As a k state fan i was also very suprised to see Freeman picked this high. I've got to think it has something to do with the head coach, Raheem Morris, being a former assistant coach at KSU.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 8 months ago

He's big and mobile with a strong arm-- the prototypical NFL QB. He got drafted for the same reason a big guy like Greg Ostertag gets drafted into the NBA-- on paper, he fits the job description.

somebodynew 5 years, 8 months ago

Take some time and read the Tampa Tribune (tampatrib.com) and see what their fans think about this. From the article I read the fans are very unhappy. Not just because it was Freeman, they just needed other positions filled. Although there wasn't much said about Freeman either.

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