NFL Draft 2013: Teams That Must Find Elite Defensive Backs
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As defensive backs worked out at the NFL Scouting Combine Tuesday, talent scouts throughout the league had their eyes on the players on display. Some were looking for the next All-Pro, while others were looking for that guy who can fill a depth role.
Cornerbacks like Dee Milliner and Xavier Rhodes are making their cases to be high draft picks, while Eric Reid and Kenny Vaccaro are among the top safeties in the field. These are just a few of the names that will be hot on the minds of teams across the league.
Here is a look at some teams who are in need of top-level talent in the secondary.
New York Jets
It might seem strange on paper to put 2012's third-stingiest pass defense on a list like this. But with FOX Sports reporting that Jets brass have snubbed the agent of star cornerback Darrelle Revis, there's a chance that the player might not have a future with the club.
As such, it could be reasonably expected that Rex Ryan and company could be looking for a replacement. With safeties Yeremiah Bell and LaRon Landry free-agents-to-be, the Jets' defensive backfield could be in danger of being depleted, and thus will be in need of strong reinforcements.
New Orleans Saints
New Orleans has gone from one of the best pass-defending teams in the league two years ago to the second-worst. Perhaps the Saints' woes in this department are self-inflicted, with their own high-powered offense giving opponents free rein to attack in chase of comebacks.
But still, they could use an upgrade, particularly at the cornerback position. Patrick Robinson is a good talent already there, but bringing in a guy like Milliner to work across from could do wonders, especially when having to deal with Roddy White and Julio Jones.
The second-worst pass defense in the league last year, the Detroit Lions suffered a major setback when compared to 2011. They still boast the best wide receiver in the league in Calvin Johnson, but have not been able to stop those of opposing teams.
Playing against Aaron Rodgers twice a year is a frightening proposition, and the team could be letting top safety Louis Delmas leave in free agency (via ESPN). They hold the fifth overall pick, and could try to trade into the back half of the first round to pick up a second pick and take a defensive back.
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