2013 NFL Draft - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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The Draft Was ... strange. Mississippi State corner Johnthan Banks might not have been a need pick considering Darrelle Revis was just picked up, but he'll still be used right away, and NC State quarterback Mike Glennon was a luxury selection even in the third considering Josh Freeman will probably resign and stick around for the foreseeable future. Illinois defensive tackle Akeem Spence wasn't exactly a reach in the fourth round, but again, that wasn't exactly a glaring concern. Michigan State defensive end William Gholston was an excellent chance on greatness in the fourth, and Buffalo's Steven Means was a bizarre selection in the fifth.
Best Value Pick: DE William Gholston, Michigan State in the 4th round
Worst Value Pick: QB Mike Glennon, NC State in the 3rd round
They Should've ... gone after a wide receiver in the third round. The quarterbacks were sliding in a huge way after the second round, and the Bucs picked the wrong time to try getting in on the run. Matt Barkley, Tyler Wilson, Ryan Nassib and others were still on the board and still a round away from getting in the mix – Tampa Bay got in too early with Glennon. Cal's Keenan Allen, Texas' Marquise Goodwin, Oregon State's Markus Wheaton and West Virginia's Stedman Bailey were all good receivers still on the board in the third round and all could've been instant fits.
Division Draft Ranking: 4
Conference Draft Ranking: 16
CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State 6-2, 185
Overall Pick No. 43 CFN Position Rank: 6
With fantastic size and the right frame and body type, he's big enough to handle himself well against the bigger receivers and had no problem whatsoever against the more physical SEC targets. A big-time player against big-time competition, he attacked the ball and never gave up on a play. With great character and leadership skills, self-motivation is never going to be a problem as he becomes a key part of any secondary. While he doesn't hit like a safety and could stand to get functionally stronger, the bigger concern is his lack of raw speed. He'll likely flourish in a zone scheme or as a nickel or dime defender, but he won't be a lock-down No. 1 corner at the next level. However, he'll be a rock-solid sound piece of someone's defensive backfield puzzle.
CFN Projection: Second Round
QB Mike Glennon, NC State 6-7, 225
Overall Pick No. 73 CFN Position Rank: 5
This year's X factor quarterback prospect, the jury is still out on what exactly he can become. He's very big, very strong and very promising with a good, quick mind and pro-style tools, but there are way too many concerns to think he can become a franchise-making Super Bowl winner. Thin isn't an issue – Tom Brady and Joe Flacco have done just fine – but he needs to get into a weight room and develop a bit more with the ability to add 15 good pounds without any problem. An absolute statue, he'll never run for yards and he's not an athlete. Again, that's not the end of the world when it comes to elite NFL passers, but it would be nice if he could move a little bit. Is he a killer? Is he the type of go-for-the-throat quarterback who'll carry a team on his back? There's enough overall talent there to be a decent starter, but he doesn't do any one thing at a high level.
CFN Projection: Second Round
DT Akeem Spence, Illinois (Jr.) 6-1, 307
Overall Pick No. 100 CFN Position Rank: 17
A superstar prep prospect who never quite lived up to his immense potential, he came up with a decent career with excellent production getting around the ball on a regular basis and turning into a playmaker against the run. A smart, strong veteran, he knows how to handle himself in the interior with tremendous weight room strength and the quickness to be a pass rusher. However, considering his tools he gets blocked and shoved around way too easily. He doesn't have the raw bulk and lacks the look of an NFL starter. There's upside as a decent, steady starter on a line full of size. As long as he doesn't have to be any sort of an anchor, he'll produce.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round
DE William Gholston, Michigan State (Jr.) 6-6, 281
Overall Pick No. 126 CFN Position Rank: 11
Can he get past the family name? His cousin, Vernon, was one of the biggest busts of the last decade, but he isn't the same player with a tall, lean frame and the perfect look. With an impossible frame to throw over, he disrupts passing lanes and screws things up. With a variety of moves and pass rushing tools, he does a little of everything right to get into the backfield and makes things happen. Tough, he's nice against the run and engulfs everything that comes his way. However, he gets blocked way too easily and goes bye-bye from time to time. When he's in a groove he's fantastic, but he doesn't have a full-tilt motor and he's not going to be the type who demands a double team and makes offensive coordinators worry, but he'll be a decent part-time starter who'll find a role.
CFN Projection: Third Round
OLB Steven Means 6-3, 251
Overall Pick No. 147 CFN Position Rank: Not Ranked
RB Mike James, Miami 5-11, 223
Overall Pick No. 189 CFN Position Rank: Not Ranked