The Bucs currently carry a whopping 11 defensive backs on their roster.
That's a commitment to a solid pass defense, if you ask me.
The starting corners should be Aqib Talib and Eric Wright, who also happen to be the most experienced cornerbacks on the roster (we'll get to Ronde Barber later). Both have immense potential, but Talib may have better numbers in 2012 as he has been with the team for longer. Eric Wright will still produce at a high level, though. At least that's what the front office assumed when they offered him the big bucks during the offseason.
Surprising no one, the man the Bucs drafted seventh overall last April will be starting at strong safety. His name is Mark Barron, and he's a complete safety who may lack elite athleticism, but more than makes up for it with elite physicality.
Now for Ronde Barber. After 15 years of playing corner, Barber spent his offseason making the switch to free safety. Say what you will about the difficulty of switching positions at 37 years old, but Barber hasn't shown anything yet to make the coaching staff want to move him back.
Nickelback is rather hotly contested. Anthony Gaitor played it during the preseason, yet Myron Lewis or Leonard Johnson could make strong cases for themselves once the regular season finally begins.
As with the linebackers, the Bucs don't have any elite defensive backs, but rather a deep group of guys who can all play the position with some ability.
This grade could range anywhere from a "B-" to an "A-," depending on how Eric Wright and Mark Barron do in their first years in Tampa.