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Bucs NFL Draft position analysis: Defensive backs

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The Buccaneers have six selections, including the No. 7 overall pick, in the 2014 NFL draft, to be held May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Tampa Bay has one pick in each of the seven rounds, except the fourth - that pick was sent to the New York Jets to complete the 2013 trade for CB Darrelle Revis. For eight consecutive days, The Tampa Tribune will analyze the team’s needs at specific positions.

 

Defensive back

Those days of entering a season feeling comfortable with two reliable cornerbacks are history in the NFL, given the prevalence of three-receiver sets and the growing importance of nickel backs. Second-year Bucs CB Johnthan Banks must adjust to playing with new teammates Alterraun Verner and Mike Jenkins instead of Darrelle Revis, while the hard-hitting safety tandem of Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson needs to adjust to the league’s continued emphasis on player safety. New coach Lovie Smith is looking for playmakers in the secondary who can force turnovers, and there are depth issues at both corner and safety.

On the Bucs roster

CORNERBACKS

NFL

Player Ht. Wt. Age seasons

Marc Anthony 5-11 196 24 1

Johnthan Banks 6-2 185 24 2

Deveron Carr 5-11 190 23 2

Bobby Felder 6-0 200 23 1

Anthony Gaitor 5-10 182 25 3

Danny Gorrer 6-0 180 27 5

Mike Jenkins 5-10 197 29 7

Leonard Johnson 5-10 202 24 3

Rashaan Melvin 6-2 193 24 2

D.J. Moore 5-9 190 27 6

Alterraun Verner 5-10 187 25 5

SAFETIES

Mark Barron 6-2 213 24 3

Dashon Goldson 6-2 200 29 8

Kelcie McCray 6-1 205 25 3

Bradley McDougald 6-1 209 23 2

Keith Tandy 5-10 205 25 3

Major Wright 5-11 204 25 5

Remaining NFL free agents

CORNERBACKS

NFL

Player Ht. Wt. Age seasons

Jabari Greer 5-11 180 32 11

Asante Samuel 5-10 185 33 12

Terrell Thomas 6-0 191 29 5

SAFETIES

Yeremiah Bell 6-0 205 36 11

Steve Gregory 5-11 200 31 9

Quintin Mikell 5-10 205 33 12

Dream pick

CB Justin Gilbert Oklahoma State

Picked off seven passes last season and is active in run support. Also excels as a kick returner and can help on special teams.

Hidden gem

S Deone Bucannon Washington State

Rangy 6-foot-1 defender closes quickly and is a punishing tackler, capable of forcing fumbles.

Bucs history

Three times in the past six drafts, the Bucs selected a defensive back with their first pick — including the past two years with Banks (second round, 2013) and Barron (first round, 2012). First-round pick Aqib Talib (2008) was jettisoned in 2012 because of off-field behavior. Recently retired CB Ronde Barber was a find in the third round in 1997.

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