I have previously been against the thought of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selecting a cornerback not named Dee Milliner with the 13th overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft. But as the offseason has worn on, and I’ve gained more knowledge and perspective after the NFL Scouting Combine, I have come to realize that the middle of the first round will be fairly fluid. It might not be as big of a reach to select a cornerback who could be considered a borderline top-20 prospect, because there just won’t be that big of a difference between the 10th pick and the 20th pick, and all the picks in between. I still believe the Buccaneers should take the best player they can that fits any kind of need, and in this case, I believe Desmond Trufant has continued to prove he’s one of the best cornerbacks available this offseason, and just might be the second best cornerback in the draft. He’s the kind of player the Buccaneers’ front office covets, and is almost the picture perfect prospect for the Bucs. So how would the rest of the draft shake out if Tampa Bay picks Trufant first?
Round 1: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Leader, hard worker, experienced starter who can play the coverages used most often in Tampa.
Round 2: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
Strong, sturdy tight end who can make an impact in the passing game as well.
Round 3: John Simon, DE, Ohio State
Insanely hard working team captain who brings it every single snap from the defensive end position.
Round 4: Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
Athletic playmaker who would compete for playing time at corner and bring a spark to special teams.
Round 4: David Quessenberry, OT, San Jose State
A player that the Buccaneers have been rumored to be interested in, he helps bring depth and competition at right tackle.
Round 5: A.J. Klein, LB, Iowa State
A team captain and over-achiever who will work hard and add depth at linebacker to help fill the gaps left by Quincy Black.
Round 6: Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina
A slot receiver option and special teams option, Sanders could be a younger, better version of Roscoe Parrish.
Round 7: Miguel Maysonet, RB, Stony Brook
Tough running featured back from an FCS school that could provide solid production behind Doug Martin.
So what do you think, Bucs fans? Any players you’d like to see the Buccaneers take? Let us know in the comment section below!