What Are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Needs in the 2013 NFL Draft?

Aaron Nagler@Aaron_NaglerNFL National Lead WriterJanuary 15, 2013

Cam Newton, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan all have two dates circled on their calendars each year. Those are the games against the Bucs. The NFC South and the rest of the NFL have feasted against the Bucs secondary. Tampa Bay was dead last in pass defense in 2012. 

The Buccaneers gave up 30 passing touchdowns and opposing quarterbacks threw for an average of 65 percent against them. 

Their leader, Ronde Barber, will be 38 soon. And that's too old in the NFL. 

The good news is that Mark Barron, the seventh overall pick in 2012, showed promise in his rookie season. There's also some decent talent in the 2013 pool for the Bucs to reshape their secondary. 

Matt Miller and I rounded up a bunch of football fans, gave them hats and B/R swag, then headed over to Highland Park here in New York City and tried to figure out where the Bucs have the most pressing needs heading into the 2013 NFL draft. 

Let us know in the comments below where you agree or disagree with our assessments and what other needs we might have missed. 

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