Last year it was Morris Claiborne. This year it's Xavier Rhodes. Two cornerbacks in two years. Claiborne's inexperience caught up with him last year, so we chose correctly despite what some may feel as Barron's pass protection lacks something to be desired. Interestingly, Tampa Bay had position to draft Claiborne but traded down. When Tampa Bay traded out, they obviously knew the realistic possibility; that another team select him, but the important part to remember is that he was still available.
The first possibility is that Tampa Bay played the draft to absolute perfection, building Claiborne up so they can slide down, gain a higher late round pick, and select the guy they wanted to begin with. Likely though, what happened was Mark and Greg weren't satisfied with Claiborne, and shopped him out. What is important is that they are looking for a premiere cornerback. Ronde Barber has been a cornerstone, but needs to be replaced. This years corner back class is deeper, and has multiple possibilities for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Regardless of their selection at 13, a corner will be selected in one of their first three rounds. 13 should be spent on Xavier Rhodes.
After watching his highlights for his performances with Clemson and Wake Forest, he plays more than just man coverage on his recievers. He shows his attentiveness especially in run support.
He is raw. He gets held up and blocked by bigger TE's/FB's when schemed against. However, his heart is evident. He leaves everything he has on the field, and has a natural instinct for where the ball is headed, and where to be to be best effective. He rarely makes the wrong decision, and has pure natural abilities. Free Agency will be addressed soon enough, but the the Bucs paying $20 million for two corners in unrealistic. The draft is where we are going to build our future. Xavier Rhodes will be our cornerstone.