Ronde Barber let slip a little bit of knowledge about the Buccaneers’ interest in drafting LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne last week and the Bucs might have offered a hint about where Claiborne would fit on the defense during Tuesday’s workout.
Barber took reps at safety during the session, a place where the Bucs are awfully thin at present. If they wound up drafting Claiborne next week, they would be much deeper at corner with Eric Wright and Aqib Talib (assuming he’s available to play this season) joining Barber at the position. Moving Barber would allow the team to play more of their talented players at the same time while also protecting the step that Barber lost when locked up on a receiver last season.
Coach Greg Schiano wasn’t willing to say whether the Bucs saw this as a permanent move, but did suggest he’s looking for ways to get his talent on the field.
“That’s one of those (experiments),” Schiano said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “I think Ronde can certainly do it and did a good job (Tuesday). How do we get the best 11 on the field?”
If Claiborne ends up in Tampa, we’ll likely see more of these experiments as the Bucs make their way through the offseason.