Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 4/30/12

“That’s the fun part of the draft, when you see teams move around on the board,” Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said Saturday night, not long after wrapping up the three-day NFL Draft. “You do a lot of planning for all the scenarios, and then it takes patience and aggressiveness.”

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Patience and aggressiveness.

The GM realizes the two words are not often linked, but says, “In the draft, you have to have a little bit of both.”

Dominik was a key participant in the wild flurry of deals that opened the draft on Thursday night.

The Bucs, originally positioned fifth overall, moved down two slots and drafted Alabama safety Mark Barron— the player Dominik insisted they targeted since mid-February — while picking up an extra fourth-round pick in the exchange.

It kicked off an impressive draft for the Bucs, who surely needed one while rebuilding with new coach Greg Schiano. After winning 10 games in 2010, the Bucs lost their final 10 games of the 2011 campaign, a free-fall that cost coach Raheem Morris his job.

In the re-boot with Schiano, Dominik says the plan to pursue Barron was established early. He recalled putting on a videotape of Barron’s performance against Penn State, watching with Schiano and agreeing that this was type of impact needed in the secondary.

“He exploded off the film,” Dominik said. “We never stopped talking about him since.”

Let’s get this straight: If the Bucs had stayed put in the fifth slot and Barron’s impact teammate, running back Trent Richardson, would have been available, they would have still drafted the safety?

Dominik laughs at the hypothetical.

“Did you ask the Browns if they would have taken Andrew Luck?” he shoots back.

The wheeling and dealing was essential for the Bucs. Dominik moved back into the first round late Thursday, trading a second-round pick and swapping fourth-rounders with the Broncos to land the 31st pick used to select Boise State running back Doug Martin.

“A complete back,” Dominik says. “He can be on the field on first-and-10, on third-and-14 or on third-and-goal. He can play in any scenario.”

This might not sit too well with incumbent running back LeGarrette Blount, who said recently that he didn’t think the team needed to draft a back.

Despite Blount’s suggestion, the Bucs drafted two running backs, including seventh-round pick Michael Smith, who clocked at 4.33 in the 40-yard dash and averaged 7.6 yards per carry last season for Utah State.

“In this league, you can’t do it with one guy in the backfield,” Dominik said. “And we all know it takes 53 players to win.”

That number will include Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David, a fast, productive tackling machine who will project at an outside post. To land David, 58th overall, the Bucs moved back into the second round. Dominik, dealing with Houston, gave up third- and fourth-round picks to move up 10 slots.

Not every discussion with another team resulted in a trade.

Dominik says he was stunned to get a call from another general manager near the end of the draft, right after the selection of Smith.

The team, which Dominik wouldn’t identify, offered a sixth-round pick in next year’s draft in exchange for the player the Bucs had just taken with the 212th choice overall.

“I turned that down,” he said. “But that’s never happened before.”

At least not at that point in the draft.

Other impressive drafts:

•Cincinnati: Thank you, Carson Palmer. With one of the first-round picks obtained from Oakland last fall, the Bengals took Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, then dealt down and used their other first-rounder on Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler. They beefed up the defensive line, too, with defensive tackles Devon Still (Penn State) and Brandon Thompson (Clemson).

•New England: Bill Belichick went to work on a defense that ranked 31st last season, trading up twice in the first round to land Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones and versatile Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower. He came back in the second and third rounds for Illinois safety Tavon Wilson and Arkansas defensive end Jake Bequette.

•San Diego: After having perhaps the best pass-rusher in the draft, South Carolina linebacker Melvin Ingram, fall to their first-round slot at 18, the Chargers added another front-seven defender in defensive end Kendall Reyes. Then a move up in the third for LSU safety Brandon Taylor. No doubt, general manager A.J. Smith is seeking to revive a once-dominant defense.

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