Mocking the Draft has come out with its latest mock draft, and they have Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner falling to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Milliner is easily the top-rated cornerback in the draft, and he would fill a massive hole for the Bucs. Here's what Dan Kadar had to say about the selection:
Milliner is the best cornerback in the class and comes off a sensational performance in the BCS National Championship Game. He falls this far because he's exclusively played the boundary and doesn't have the smoothest backpedal. Still, he's a talented player and would immediately start for the Buccaneers.
A few things in this mock draft caught my eye, however. Once again, it appears that there aren't many top-end cornerbacks in this draft. Johnthan Banks is the only other first-round cornerback in this draft, and he isn't selected until pick number 28. Interestingly, that selection is immediately followed by a run on safeties, with three consecutive selections at the position, and then the first tight end: Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert.
The Buccaneers could be interested in either a safety, if Ronde Barber does not return, or a tight end. And yet, they may not be able to really fill either need adequately. They would need to trade back to take a safety or tight end as one of the best players on the board, while the top safeties and tight ends are unlikely to fall to the Bucs' second-round pick.