Only Four Corners Worthy Of Top-48 PicksApril 8th, 2013
It’s considered a deep draft class of cornerbacks in 2013, but it’s hard to find an analyst to call it a great class.
It kind of reminds Joe of this year’s free agent market for corners. You know, the one the Bucs didn’t dabble in.
Veteran NFL scout Chris Landry, who also works for various media outlets including Yahoo! Sports, joined The Steve Duemig Show on WDAE-AM 620 last week to talk all things draft and go deep into cornerback chatter. Landry’s study tells him only four cornerbacks are worth the upper half of the second round or better.
“I think there are only two guys with first-round talent, with first-round grades,” Landry said. “Dee Milliner, he just doesn’t have any holes in him. He’s just solid, well coached, good quickness, good burst out of his pedal, turn and run speed. Desmond Trufant out of Washington is really good and I like him a lot. I do think Xavier Rhodes and Blidi Wreh-Wilson from Connecticut are guys that will go in the second round. To me, those are the only four guys with top half of the second round and first round grades.
“I think there are some guys that have the ability with mid-to-late second round value. [B.W.] Webb out of William and Mary, Jonathan Banks out of Mississippi State, Jamar Taylor out of Boise are all guys that represent good value, kind of mid-to-late second round, that I think can play. There’s good depth into the third and fourth round.”
Joe will be riddled with stress if the Bucs enter the draft in 17 short days in need of a starting cornerback. That’s dangerous territory for a team expecting to the make the playoffs this season.
Of course, that worry goes out the window if Darrelle Revis and Ronde Barber are on the roster by then.
One interesting nugget Joe found out of New York last week explored what might happen if Milliner slips a bit and is on the board when the Jets are on the clock with the No. 9 overall pick. Might that opportunity trigger the Revis-to-Bucs trade?