The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ secondary keeps getting better.
With the Bucs’ first-round draft pick, they acquired cornerback Darrelle Revis in a trade with the Jets. And with the Bucs’ second-round pick on Friday night, they acquired cornerback Johnthan Banks from Mississippi State.
Playing against strong competition in the SEC last season, Banks was so impressive that he received the Jim Thorpe award, which goes to the best defensive back in the country. Banks has the talent to be a shutdown corner, and he has good ball skills, which will come in handy because he’ll get plenty of opportunities to intercept passes when opposing quarterbacks are throwing away from Revis.
The Bucs’ secondary now includes last year’s first-round pick Mark Barron at strong safety, free agent acquisition Dashon Goldson at free safety, and Banks, Revis and Eric Wright at cornerback. It’s possible that the acquisition of Banks signals that Wright is on the way out, but for now, that looks like about as deep a secondary as there is in the NFL.