Bucs add Banks to loaded secondary


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.

22 responses to “Bucs add Banks to loaded secondary

  1. Good pick for them considering the quarterbacks that they face in that division.

    However you can’t put in what God left out, and God left out a quarterback in Tampa.

  2. good job bucs, we could now have the top defensive backfield, now if freeman can give yal good play all year, watch out!!

  3. Props to the Bucs. They turned their biggest weakness, by far, into possibly their greatest strength. If Freeman is consistent, this should be a team to watch out for

  4. Love the pick! You can never have enough depth in the secondary. Banks is a tall corner who can match up with the tight ends in the NFC South. As far as Wright, why would he be out the door? They have him at a bargain basement price for this season. Let him contribute. Hoping Ronde will come back one more year as he can add more depth and a ridiculous dime package as he knows both corner and safety now.

  5. I love this pick. Now if they can get a great TE and DE/DT and some OL depth in these remaining rounds, they Buccs should be on the way towards making a push for the playoffs–as long as Free doesn’t regress.

  6. Wright is a bargain, doubtful he goes anywhere. He probably starts the season as the starter then slides inside in the nickel with Banks coming to play outside.

  7. I think there is still a solid role for Barber and I hope he does come back for one more year.

  8. We have to remember–Revis is coming off an injury and will take time to get up to speed–if he ever returns to even 85 90 percent of what he was…and Banks–while good, will be a rookie and the guys from last year will need to continue to grow. I do think Leonard Johnson showed some good flashes last season and could only get better–truly making Tampa’s secondary a pretty good one, if not one of the better ones in the next two to three seasons.

  9. Loaded secondary? Revis certainly, Barron moves down to play more of a run support mode. Goldson is the deep safety but the last corner spot is still pretty iffy. Wright was awful last year and I’m not sure why he would suddenly be better this year. Banks hopefully will step in and play up the hype but it’s a lot to ask that of a rookie. Finally the Bucs have pretty much zero depth behind these guys if Barber doesn’t return, which isn’t looking likely.

    So the Bucs are a thousand times better off than they were at the end of last season but I’m not sure they’re loaded at this point.

  10. @onebucplace

    no depth???

    Lewis, Johnson, Gaitor, and possibly Rhonde–all starters last year and showed potential.

    Im fine with that (as long as theyre not starters again)

    Go Bucs

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