Eric Wright, Leonard Johnson and Danny Gorrer currently stand as the top three cornerbacks for a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense that ranked last against the pass in 2012. Wright is by far the most seasoned of this bunch and it’s a distinct possibility he could be gone soon due to his contract issues with the team.
The Bucs appear desperate to remedy this by August, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve lost all leverage. This is thanks to a few intriguing cornerbacks to take with pick No. 13, including Alabama‘s Dee Milliner and Florida State‘s Xavier Rhodes. Regardless if either might fall here or be considered “reaches” by anyone if they do, it can still help the Bucs seem far from desperate for a corner to retain leverage in trade talks with the New York Jets.
According to Peter King, trade talks to bring in cornerback Darrelle Revis have been in a fragile state for at least a week now. A source told King that Jets general manager John Idzik needs at least the Bucs’ 2013 first- and third-round picks or 2014 first- and second-round picks to save face in this deal.
Rant Sports’ Cian Fahey made some very good points on why the Bucs are very much dependent on a player of Revis’ skill-set in 2013. The construction of the secondary as it currently stands features two players at the back end who are both more suited for strong safety than free in Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson. This leaves them without rangy options at safety, increasing the necessity of a shutdown corner.
The Bucs won’t find a cornerback in this year’s draft that immediately matches Revis’ ability in coverage — or at least the ability shown the last time he wasn’t hurt — but they can point to a couple of strong draft options while low-balling the at-least-equally desperate Jets.