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The first SB Nation mock draft of the year is out, and it has the Buccaneers taking a cornerback.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are right in the middle of the playoff hunt, but they have one major weakness which could keep them out: the secondary, which has been awful. The Bucs appear to be set at safety, with first-round rookie Mark Barron and old but high-level veteran Ronde Barber manning those two spots, but they need help at cornerback. Eric Wright is currently their only solid cornerback.
That's what SB Nation's Mocking the Draft thinks, too, and they have the Bucs taking cornerback Johnthan Banks out of Mississippi State with the 19th overall pick.
The Buccaneers were forced to deal Aqib Talib because of his abrasive personality and soon-to-expire contract. Cornerback is still an area of need for this team, despite the money it spent on the position in the offseason. Johnthan Banks is the best senior corner in this class. He has ridiculous ball skills and tons of athleticism.
I haven't looked at draft prospects much, yet, but a cornerback with ridiculous ball skills and tons of athleticism? Sounds good to me. As long as he can tackle, that is. Another option would have to be Florida State prospect Xavier Rhodes. Local players are always a big hit, and Rhodes is a tremendously talented player.