Buccaneers’ cornerback options in the 2013 NFL draft
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were 32nd in the NFL in passing yards allowed in 2012. The signing of Dashon Goldson will definitely help, but you have a disgruntled cornerback in Eric Wright over guaranteed money in his contract and you have no other options than Wright that can start.
The Bucs obviously need help in the secondary and that’s why we’re going to explore what the Bucs’ cornerback options are in the 2013 NFL draft.
Starting with the 13th overall pick, there has been a lot of rumblings about taking a cornerback at that spot, but I don’t like that choice for a few reasons.
The first reason is Xavier Rhodes, Johnthan Banks and Desmond Trufant are not considered by me to be 13th overall talent players. Rhodes has stiff hips, Banks has average speed and Trufant is mainly hype over his Combine performances.
I know the Bucs need a cornerback, but that 13th overall pick can be used on more important positions with more value like a defensive end or even a strongside linebacker.
That’s why I say the Bucs should bypass the first round for the second round to find a cornerback.
The 43rd overall pick that the Bucs own offers a variety of players at the cornerback position.
1. Jamar Taylor of Boise State
2. Blidi Wreh-Wilson
3. David Amerson
Jamar Taylor has the best man-coverage skills of the group, and is a tough hard-nosed football player in general.
Blidi Wreh-Wilson is a taller cornerback at 6’1 who may fit better in a zone-coverage system, but he has plenty of talent to get better at man-to-man schemes.
And David Amerson is the biggest play-maker out of the entire draft. He was a turnover machine in 2011 with a drop off in his production in 2012, but that was because teams stopped throwing it into his direction as much. Amerson is a bit of a gambler at times, but he has insane ball skills.
If the Bucs don’t take a cornerback in the second round, than Robert Alford in the third round makes the most sense. Alford has the speed and man-coverage skills to be a starting nickel corner his first year, but can develop into a starter with time.
After the third round is a huge drop off for the Bucs. You don’t want a 4th rounder or lower starting on opening day unless you hit gold with a draft pick.
The cornerbacks mentioned can all be opening day starters, because that’s what the Bucs will need this year. So hopefully they find the cornerback they’re looking for, because being 32nd in passing defense in 2013 is not acceptable in the passing first NFL.
James Cobern is a Featured Journalist for TPF and can be contacted at JCobern@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com.