May 15, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib (25) and cornerback Eric Wright (21) workout during organized team activities at One Buc. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
The cornerback position was seen as one of the greatest areas of need for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason, yet the Bucs did little to address that problem. They signed Eric Wright, who is a solid number two cornerback, and added rookie cornerback Keith Tandy in the sixth round of the NFL Draft. Yet the Bucs' depth at cornerback is still questionable at best, in part because Ronde Barber moved over to free safety instead of remaining at cornerback. The Buccaneers do have one of the most talented cornerbacks in the NFL on their roster in Aqib Talib, but his play has been somewhat inconsistent in the past, and it's not clear whether he'll be with the team for the long term.
Keeping all of that in mind, it's no surprise that Ryan van Bibber ranks the Bucs cornerbacks as the 29th group in the NFL. Only the Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders and Indianapolis Colts have a worse collection of cornerbacks than the Bucs. The team does have two quality starters in Talib and Wright, but E.J. Biggers is far from a great third cornerback, while Myron Lewis has mostly looked terrible in his career so far. Behind those players, Anthony Gaitor has some potential but size holds him back, while rookies Keith Tandy and Leonard Johnson are completely unproven. The Bucs have a ton of question marks on defense, but cornerback may turn out to be their biggest weakness this offseason.