Xavier Rhodes Targeted “On The Beat”April 10th, 2013
One would think beat writers around the NFL know their teams quite well, at least more than a draft guru sitting in a room with a laptop, a coffee pot and trays of cheese danish.
Therefore, Joe was eager to see how the NFL beat writers first-round draft would go on NFL Network. Essentially, the NFL AM crew took a break from dance talk to interview a writer from each NFL city — in draft order — to get their pick.
The Bucs finally came up and Stephen Holder of TampaBay.com claimed the third cornerback off the board with the Bucs’ 13th overall pick, Xavier Rhodes. You can see the video here.
Writers selected cornerback Dee Milliner for the Lions with the fifth overall pick and Miami was granted CB Desmond Trufant with the 12th selection. Interestingly, the Jets’ beat writer didn’t have his team snatching a corner with the No. 9 pick.
This all intrigued Joe, mainly because veteran NFL scout and former NFL personnel man Chris Landry just said there are only two cornerbacks worthy of first-round grades, and one of them is not named Rhodes.
Would the Bucs “reach” for a cornerback at No. 13? Or would they be content to wait until the second round and/or trade down?