We come to the end of the Bucs 2008 draft class and with1st round selection, the Bucs selected Aqib Talib. Talib, the 6’1″ and 205 lb. cornerback has been a starter for the Bucs defense since he was drafted out of Kansas. Talib has become one the cornerstones of the defense and continues to impress everyone as he continues to grow.
Talib had a terrific career while at Kansas (had an interception against Josh Freeman at one point) and continued to show his athletic ability at the NFL combine, with a 38″ vertical and running the 40 yard dash in 4.47 seconds. He has excellent hands, good lateral speed, and great down field speed as well, able to stay with receivers in their routes. He is also a sound tackler; able to take a receiver down in the open field or come up to the line and play press or even support the run. He is the starting corner, opposite side of All-Pro Ronde Barber (not a bad way to learn the NFL game).
Talib has made in impact ever since he walked onto the field, intercepting 4 passes in his rookie career, 9 interceptions and 87 tackles for his entire career. He has also had some off field issues as well, including a fight at the rookie symposium with another Bucs rookie, Cory Boyd. He was also arrested in 2009. Talib has been able to get his character together and has become of the best Bucs defenders and a cornerstone they hope to build around for the years to come. He is a tremendous corner and continues to get better in every game he plays (had 3 interceptions in one game against the Redskins). Look for Talib to continue to grow and become even better in the years to come for the Bucs.
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