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Bucs' Schiano makes mark with first-round picks

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 04:30 AM
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 When he first took over as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' new head coach back in January, Greg Schiano said he would establish a Buccaneer way by building his team with a specific kind of Buccaneer player.

We found out during the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night what that Buccaneer player is really like.

When the Bucs worked a pair of trades to grab Alabama safety Mark Barron and Boise State running back Doug Martin, they brought in two players that epitomize what Schiano wants in his players.

"The kind of guys we want are the kinds of guys who love football, the guys who are going to lose track of time as they're doing football - studying it, working at it," Schiano said.

"It's in them. It's in their bones and these guys are leaders because you're not a leader if you don't love the game you're playing, because you don't work harder than everybody else if you don't love the game.

"So that's the kind of guy we're looking for, the guys that just love what their doing and then throw everything they got into it. And these are guys that do it at (their) position and (have) been incredibly productive."

A two-time captain of the national champion Crimson Tide, Barron produced 12 interceptions while establishing himself as one of the most punishing hitters in the nation.

At the same time, Martin, a former Boise State captain, was running for more than 1,200 yards during both his junior and a senior seasons while scoring 28 touchdowns to bring his TD total to 43.

"I feel blessed (to have them), no doubt about it," Schiano said. "We got two great football players and two great men, young men that are going come in and have an impact and just themselves add an energy to our organization."

The additions of Barron and Martin, selected seventh and 31st overall, marked only the fourth time in franchise history that the Bucs have picked up two players in the first round of a draft.

The previous first-round duos were running back Bo Jackson and defensive back Gordon Jones (1986), linebacker Derrick Brooks and defensive tackle Warren Sapp (1995) and running back Warrick Dunn and receiver Reidel Anthony (1997).

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