NFL Draft 2011: Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Go on Defensive After Breakout Year
As good as the Buccaneers were a season ago, narrowly missing the playoffs out of the rugged NFC South, there's room for improvement.
Especially on defense.
This year's draft should be all about defense in Tampa, at least according to CBSSports.com senior writer Pete Prisco, who cites needs at defensive end and cornerback. And it's easy to see why.
Though the Bucs fared well overall defensively, they ranked 28th in rush defense and became somewhat of a statistical anomaly, producing the league's seventh-best pass defense despite registering only 26 sacks, second-fewest in the league.
Selecting a defensive end with the 20th pick seems like a formality, but the Bucs could just as easily go after a defensive tackle to sure up the rush defense.
And what about corner. Tampa, who currently has the league's smallest payroll, could very well go after free agent-to-be Nnamdi Asomugha, but the front office may prefer to gamble on the safer — and considerably less expensive — alternative of drafting at that position.
Either way, the Bucs need to plan for a future without the services of Aqib Talib, who faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of felony gun charges stemming from an incident in which he was accused of firing a weapon at his sister's boyfriend.
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