2013 NFL Draft primer: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The future stars of the NFL are almost here. The first round of the 2013 Draft kicks off on April 25, and every team will look to build for both present and future. This is the 13th in a two-a-day, 30-part series that looks at each team and which potential first-round picks would be a good fit.
PICK NO. 13: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
2012 record: 7-9
Key offseason acquisitions:
Dashon Goldson, safety
Kevin Ogletree, wide receiver
Key offseason departures:
Michael Bennett, defensive end
Ronde Barber, cornerback/safety
Dallas Clark, tight end
Biggest holes in roster: Cornerback, defensive end, tight end
Of course, Roger Goodell wouldn't actually say that at the Radio City Music Hall podium. But in essence, that's what could happen if reported trade talks between the Buccaneers and the Jets come to fruition.
The Jets have insisted on the Bucs' 2013 first-round pick in any negotiations for their star cornerback, while Tampa Bay has reportedly offered their 2014 first-round pick, according to a report by the Tampa Bay Times. Neither side appears ready to blink just yet, and a potential trade may very well come down to the 11th hour when the Bucs are on the clock.
For now, let's say the Buccaneers stay with their 13th overall pick. The Bucs should still go all-in on a cornerback. Florida State's Xavier Rhodes is the most favorable option, but he most likely will be off the board at this point. That leaves Washington's Desmond Trufant as their man.
The most interesting part of Trufant's game might not have to do with his on-field prowess, but rather his lineage. He is the youngest of the Trufant cornerback trio -- older brother Marcus, 32, played 10 years for the Seahawks, while 30-year-old Isaiah is currently a Jet.
Of the two, Desmond is more similar to Marcus. Both are 5-11, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds and have excellent man-to-man skills. Desmond can play both inside and outside and has decent hands (six interceptions in his four-year career as a starter). He could be the best of the bunch by the time next season is over.
The Bucs do have other needs, and it's not entirely impossible to see them address those in the first round. The only issue with this is that there aren't too many other options available at No. 13. They'd need one of the top defensive ends to fall to them, since they'd be reaching for anyone not named Bjoern Werner, Ezekiel Ansah or Barkevious Mingo. They could also pick up a tight end, though the top guy in this year's draft (Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert) isn't necessarily worth a top-15 selection.