Four First-Round Corners, Or More?April 25th, 2013
The current draft guru of all draft gurus, NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, who actually played safety in the NFL, has laid out his one and only and much-awaited mock draft of 2013.
Joe scanned it furiously last night to see how many cornerbacks Mayock had coming off the board in the first round. The total was four, including Dee Milliner (No. 10, Titans), D.J. Hayden (No. 24, Colts), Xavier Rhodes (No. 29, Patriots), Desmond Trufant (No. 30, Falcons).
Joe was jacked up to see the corners because the Bucs remain desperate for short term and long term help at the position. (On that note, why the hell is Ronde Barber still leaving the Bucs hanging before draft day?)
There’s lots of hope/excitement surrounding the chance rockstar general manager Mark Dominik moving up from the 43rd overall pick (second round) and into tonight’s first round. The benefit is two-fold: you grab a better prospect and get to sign him to a five-year deal, versus four years for second round picks and below.
Joe would be shocked if the Falcons traded with the rival Bucs, but Bill Belicheat is always a possibility. Perhaps the Bucs could return the Patriots’ fourth-round pick (Aqib Talib) and give up the No. 43 overall pick and swap third round picks to move up?
On the flip side, Joe wouldn’t be surprise to see Dominik, in fact, look to move down tomorrow in the second round and possibly score another third-round pick.
So much will come down to how the cornerbacks move off the board. The Bucs are in need, and how they rank the entire cornerbacks class is a military secret.