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The Bucs did not have a very good secondary in 2012. No team gave up more yards through the air, but then again, few teams had to deal with a man approaching the end of his career (Ronde Barber), two rookies (Mark Barron and Leonard Johnson) and the oft-missing Eric Wright as starters.
The one Tampa Bay defensive back who could actually be listed as above average was Aqib Talib, who was traded away around the season's halfway mark.
Any addition to the secondary could potentially be an improvement (strong safety being the one notable exception), with the cornerback spots being the top priorities.
Accordingly, the Bucs must look to grab a corner in the first round.
At No.13, the best option available will most likely be Xavier Rhodes, who dramatically boosted his stock with a good combine showing.
The Florida State product had incredible measurements.
Let's let Bleacher Report's own Wes Stueve break it down for us:
Among cornerbacks at the combine, Xavier Rhodes had the best best broad jump, the best vertical leap, the 12th-best bench and the 11th-best 40-yard dash time. This was all while weighing in at 6'1", 210 pounds.
As you can see, Rhodes has some impressive measureables. When we take into account his on-field play as well, it is clear that Rhodes has the markings of a first-rounder.