Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Tampa thinking first-round CB?
By Tim Kavanagh
With former No. 1 CB Aqib Talib long gone, and Eric Wright's future with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers up in the air -- Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times believes that the CB has played his last snap as a Buc -- there has been speculation that the club will invest its first-round pick this offseason (No. 13 overall) on a player at that position.
Senior Bowl practices are taking place this week, giving NFL teams an up-close view at some of the prospects from which they'll choose this April. Some of the top prospects at CB aren't at the event -- they're draft-eligible juniors -- but the Bucs have been able to get a look at some players that may be under consideration in the middle rounds, as Stroud's colleague Stephen Holder details.
If opening night of the draft plays out like Mel Kiper Jr.'s Mock Draft 1.0, then Alabama's Dee Milliner will be the only CB off the board when the No. 13 pick comes up, leaving players like Mississippi St.'s Johnthan Banks, NC State's David Amerson, Washington's Desmond Trufant and FSU's Xavier Rhodes as options there.
Of course, it's also possible the Bucs could sink some of their free agency budget into a CB, and players like Brent Grimes, Sean Smith, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie or Cary Williams could suit them.