When the Bucs re-signed Jamel Dean it meant the team wouldn’t feel pressured to use its top pick to replace him. The price of doing business, however, was the defense losing guys like Mike Edwards, Keanu Neal, and Mike Edwards.
So while the team doesn’t need to scramble to replace its top corner, there’s a need to replace depth behind him by plucking some talent from this year’s pool.
Tyrique Stevenson ranks 7th among cornerbacks in the draft according to PFF and is No. 45 on their Big Board. He’s not a superstar coming out of college, but he does have shades of Sean Murphy-Bunting, which is great since that’s who he’d essentially be replacing on the depth chart.
He’s a great outside corner who only allowed 17 catches last season, and has patient physicality that makes for a great man corner. There’s plenty of room for him to further develop his skills, as he’s not a perfect prospect and has room to grow, but having him as depth behind Dean and Carlton Davis puts the defense closer to where it was before it lost some key free agents rather than falling further behind.