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What the CBs combine 40 times mean for Bucs
Posted Feb 26, 2013 by Roy Cummings
Updated Feb 26, 2013 at 02:32 PM
BY ROY CUMMINGS
TAMPA – So, the unofficial 40-yard dash times for the cornerbacks working out at the NFL scouting combine are in. What does it all mean for the Bucs, who may be the most cornerback-needy team in the NFL?
Well, for starters, Alabama CB Dee Milliner’s 4.31-second 40 means he has all but reaffirmed his place as a top 10 selection and probably won’t be available to the Bucs, unless they want to trade up to get him.
At the same time, Mississippi State CB Johnthan Banks sluggish 4.61 mark means he could fall not just to the bottom of the first round but maybe out of the first round altogether.
You have to keep in mind here that while 40 times are often criticized, NFL scouts and coaches believe they are very valid for two positions groups in particular, wide receivers and corners.
That’s why Washington CB Desmond Trufant’s 4.38 40 time may push him not only into the first round but possibly into the upper half of the first round and perhaps to a point where the Bucs may feel comfortable taking him.
Florida State corner Xavier Rhodes helped himself as well, posting a 4.43 40 that could secure him as either a late first-round selection or an early second-round pick.
Put it all together and from a Bucs perspective you have to believe Trufant could now become a target for them in the first round, should they choose to fill that need that early.
The likelihood is the Bucs will look to add at least one starting corner in free agency and another in the draft, and today’s 40 results suggest they won’t necessarily have to reach for that draft day starter in the first round.
Rhodes could still be there for them in the second and after running 4.36 and 4.39 40s respectively, Mississippi State’s Darius Slay and Boise State’s Jamar Taylor may prove to be good second-round fits for the Bucs as well.