Kevin C. Cox
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.