Saints News, 7/8/14: Bucs Drafted Mark Barron Specifically Because of Jimmy Graham

Al Messerschmidt

Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com got his hands on a portion of the testimony generated during the Jimmy Graham franchise-tag grievance hearing and is finding some interesting little nuggets of info. Florio writes, "Testifying as an expert in support of Graham’s position that he should be regarded as a receiver for franchise-tag purposes, former Buccaneers special assistant to the head coach Butch Davis said that the team’s draft strategy in 2012 was fueled directly by a desire to stop Graham. 'We took [safety] Mark Barron in the first round simply because of Jimmy Graham,' Davis said of the team’s decision with the eighth overall pick that year...The testimony ultimately was turned against Davis on cross examination by the NFL’s lawyers, when Davis was forced to admit that the Buccaneers didn’t draft a cornerback to cover Graham — and that the Bucs never would have drafted a safety to cover Lions receiver Calvin Johnson."

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