Over the past decade the NFL has quickly become a passing league. Because of this the key positions have gone from running back and linebackers to wide recievers and cornerbacks.
Last season the Tampa Bay Buccaneers began the year with two corners they believed in, but after a season of injuries and off the field problems the Bucs became one of the worst secondaries in NFL history.
So this year, GM Mark Dominik went out to fix it. He added Dashon Goldson through free agency, he traded for Darrelle Revis, he restructured the contract of Eric Wright, and now he’s drafted Johnthan Banks.
In the current landscape of today’s NFL, you need not one shut down corner, not two, but three. With the addition of Banks, Tampa Bay hopes it’s found him. The Bucs have four games against Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and each of their respective stables of star WR’s every year. Having multiple corners on the roster is critical.
Johnthan Banks was a captain at Mississippi State and won the Jim Thorpe award for best defensive back in the nation. He’s got a knack for the ball and should slot right in to this Buccaneer defensive secondary nicely. The huge bonus for Banks is that he will not be expected to shut down Julio Jones or Roddy White, but instead he’s the man expected to stop the third option.
He’ll be able to grow by not being thrown into the cauldron week in and week out. I fully believe he’ll eventually be a guy that can handle top wide outs in the league, but as for right now, he’ll fit right in behind Revis and Wright.
If Revis returns to form, and I think he will, opposing QB’s will likely not force passes his way too often. That means second and third WR’s are going to become the first options against the new Buccaneer secondary. Therefore, the need for yet another good CB was critical. Mark Dominik just found his guy.
Yesterday night Darrelle Revis declared the Buccaneers defense as a “No Fly Zone.” Well now, that zone has another weapon. The worst secondary in the league a year ago got better earlier in the week, it just got even better tonight, and can now be looked at as arguably the best.