Roads Signs Point To Bucs Picking Cornerback(s)April 26th, 2011
Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik seemed to take a page out of Richie McKay’s book recently when he said you can never have enough corners.
McKay had the same philosophy and often drafted a cornerback each year. So when Dominik bluntly talked about the need for adding to the Bucs secondary, Joe sort of put two-and-two together and expected Dominik to draft one. It may be more.
Speaking on “The Blitz” this afternoon with co-hosts Adam Schein and Rich Gannon, Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert spoke about the draft and was specifically asked what he thought of the current draft crop of cornerbacks.
“I think the cornerback class is very deep,” Colbert said.
This is significant for Joe. Colbert is arguably the best general manager in the NFL. His eye for talent is simply uncanny and the past success of the Steelers is largely a result of Colbert being able to pick the best fruit off the tree.
There is no one Joe repsects more in an NFL front office than Colbert. So if you add up Dominik’s comments about cornerbacks, the uncertain status of troubled cornerback Aqib Talib, and Colbert’s comments about how deep the cornerback position is, Joe can easily see Dominik selecting two cornerbacks in the draft.
Why is cornerback so deep this year? Colbert had an interesting take.
“I think with so many spread offenses in college, it has forced defenses to play more cover corners out of necessity. And I’ve always believed a cornerback covers first and supports second.”