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Cornerbacks could go flying off the board before Bucs pick

Trading for Darrelle Revis has taken the pressure off, but that doesn’t mean the Bucs are going to be willing to pass on a decent cornerback in Round 2 in hopes of landing one later.

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Trading for Darrelle Revis has taken the pressure off, but that doesn’t mean the Bucs are going to be willing to pass on a decent cornerback in Round 2 in hopes of landing one later.

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The Bucs could go a number of ways with their first pick in tonight’s second round of the NFL draft, No 43 overall.

But a smart bet would be to predict the Bucs taking a defensive back, specifically a cornerback. The acquisition of Darrelle Revis certainly doesn’t preclude it, and the lack of long-term depth at the position is going to continue to be an issue unless the Bucs address it.

And another reason the Bucs might pull the trigger on a corner: There couold be a run on them early tonight.

After four were chosen in the first round on Thursday – Dee Milliner, D.J. Hayden, Desmond Trufant and Xavier Rhodes – a slew of teams in need of corners will be on the clock early in tonight’s action.

They include the Jaguars, who have the first pick in the second round (No. 33) and reportedly are strongly considering Mississippi State’s Johnathan Banks with their selection.

After Jacksonville comes the Eagles (35), the Lions (36) and Titans (40) before the Bucs at No. 43. Cornerback is a bigger need for some of those clubs than others, but if the best player on the board when their selections come up is a cornerback, selecting one can’t be ruled out.

The Bucs aren’t going to panic no matter the circumstances. Trading for Revis has taken the pressure off, to be sure. But that doesn’t mean they’re going to be willing to pass on a decent cornerback in Round 2 in hopes of landing one later.

And rest assured, they’re almost certain to pick a cornerback at some point. The only question is when.

Given the way things are shaping up at this moment, cornerback could be the move for the Bucs tonight.

 

[Last modified: Friday, April 26, 2013 6:12pm]

    

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