Make no mistake, secondary help is high on the Bucs needs and wants, but its not as high as some people think it is, and Ill go on record as saying the current group of Bucs DBs have not been given a fair test yet, and Ill tell you why.
As Great as Ronde Barber and Donnie Abraham/Brian Kelly were at corner, great as John Lynch and Dexter Jackson/Damien Robinson were at Safety; They may all have the nickname “Toast” applied to their names if not for Warren SAPP, Simeon RICE, Booger MCFARLAND and a host of other pass rushers that set an NFL record for consecutive games with a sack (it went on for seasons).
Those Bucs teams had opposing QBs with QB Ratings down in a barely usable level; because if the opposing QB was getting sacked, he was being hurried which caused more turnovers. It wasn’t a gimmick, it was fundamental football. No corner, not even a Reavis in his prime, can cover a WR for 6 seconds; The WR knows what he’s doing, the DB has to guess.
PFF has the Bucs taking Florida State Safety Kerwin James, who no doubt is going to have an electric career in the NFL. But in taking James the Bucs pass on Pressure from the outside in Bradley Chub, and RB Saquon Barkley. Notre Dame Guard Quenton Nelson goes 2 spots prior in this imaginary take.
Its been proven time and time again, drafting for need results in a future when people look back 5 years later (sometimes not that long) and say “wow, we could have had him” … and it was a player even 5 years prior everyone knew was going to be a stud.
The Bucs cannot afford to pass on one player that not a single poor word has been said about him; thats Guard Quenton Nelson. This is a chance for the Buccaneers to finally have an elite offensive line with two all pro guards, a stud at Center, a LT the team is sold on and a replacement for RT away from that dream.
Being 4 deep at Wide Receiver is impressive, have two unstoppable Tight Ends going out in routs is an amazing advantage. But having these and a QB who is given all day to stand in the pocket to make his choices, is the difference between a 9-7 team, and a potential Super Bowl one.
The Bucs have addressed the deficiency on the Defensive Line by bringing in several free agent linemen, and Noah Spence returns to the fold. But add in Bradley Chubb to the opposite edge of Spence could make the Bucs current secondary players into household names like the list of Tony Dungy’s guys.