Reporting Justin Pawlowski
With an intentional dismissal of the cornerback position in this free agency, the Buccaneers are either anticipating a trade for Darrelle Revis or are targeting a corner or two in the NFL draft.
Both would work as well.
According to Ian Rapoport’s twitter account for the NFL Network and NFL.com, the top cornerback in this year’s draft, Dee Milliner, will be landing in Tampa to visit the Buccaneers tonight.
#Bama CB Dee Milliner visited #Jaguars (No. 2) today. Had also visited #Dolphins, on his way to #Bucs tonight. Visiting 10 of top 13 teams”
It is highly unlikely that Alabama CB Dee Milliner would fall all the way to the Bucs pick at 13, but he could be a candidate that the Buccaneers target to trade up for and select.
The main issue the Bucs might have is jumping ahead of the teams in front of them, all of whom need a cornerback.
The Dolphins, who pick 12th, lost Sean Smith in free agency, and while they signed Brent Grimes to a one-year deal, there are still concerns about his health.
The Chargers, who pick 11th, lost one of their starting corners, Antoine Cason, in free agency and their other starting cornerback, Quinton Jammer, is still available on the open market.
The Titans, who pick 10th, never replaced Cortland Finnegan, whom they lost last year.
The team most likely to select Milliner if he gets out of the top 6 picks would be the Cleveland Browns who hold the 6th selection. The Browns were heavy after Brent Grimes to play opposite Joe Haden, but since Grimes chose the Dolphins, the Browns might target Milliner to form a young and physical duo.
One thing is for sure, with the amount of teams in need of corners drafting ahead of the Bucs, we could be looking at more Bucs cornerback problems in the future. #BucsCBproblems
As for Milliner visiting the Bucs, as my buddy Ian Rapoport would say, “it’s not rocket surgery.”
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