The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added two players on the Friday night session of the 2013 NFL Draft by adding two players, Johnthan Banks from Mississippi State to play cornerback and compete with Eric Wright, and Mike Glennon, quarterback from North Carolina State, to learn the quarterback position behind Josh Freeman.
Banks was previously considered to be one of the better cornerback prospects in the draft, but the rise of Xavier Rhodes, Desmond Trufant, and D.J. Hayden during offseason workouts pushed him down the board. He’s not a workout warrior who posts impressive numbers in shorts and Under Armor shirts, but he’s a gamer who makes plays on the football and uses his long arms to swat away passes. He was a team captain and leader of a Mississippi State defense that went toe-to-toe against the SEC’s best every week.
Glennon is a very tall quarterback with a cannon for an arm who will be the perfect backup for Josh Freeman. Dan Orlovsky wasn’t going to be able to execute the offense in a way that would adequately replace Freeman, and so Glennon provides a true backup who can make all the throws that Freeman can, and has the right size and strength to play in this system. He was also a team captain and a lead-by-example player for NC State and he says he gained a lot of wisdom by learning under former NC State signal caller Russell Wilson.
Elsewhere in the NFL Draft on Friday night, the Jets selected QB Geno Smith from West Virginia, adding more mystery and intrigue to the Buccaneers’ week one matchup against the Jets. Manti Te’o from Notre Dame was selected by the San Diego Chargers, who traded up to secure the middle linebacker. Many of the tight ends the Buccaneers may have targeted are now off the board, as Gavin Escobar, Vance McDonald, Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz all were selected on Friday evening.
The Buccaneers still have a handful of picks remaining. Who do you want to see the Bucs target on Saturday? Let us know in the comments below, and check back in tomorrow morning as we gear up for day three of the NFL Draft!