Two more cornerback prospects enter the fray. The Buccaneers are short one cornerback from last seasons squad, when it was unable to re-sign Phillip Buchanon, who subsequently signed with the Detroit Lions. With Aqib Talib currently manning one side and Ronde Barber manning the other. The Bucs are looking for depth an insurance considering the age of Barber along with his recent decline not to mention he is better suited to play in a scheme that calls for alot of zone coverage.
The team has had talks with Norfolks State Don Carey & UCF’s Joe Burnett.
Carey a 5’11 194 pound corner who was only the third player in Norfolks history to ever be invited to the NFL scouting combine. Carey is a very physical corner who has great recovery speed according to many scouting reports.
“It’s one thing to watch film on a guy and see how he plays on the field. But when you’re able to sit down and get into face-to-face conversations, get inside his head, learn how well he knows the game and what direction he’s going with his life, you get a more complete impression of him,” Carey explained. “I think I’ve impressed a lot of people with my knowledge of the game, how well I was able to comprehend their playbook and explain my own.”
During his collegiate career Carey produced 10 interceptions, 25 passes defensed, 2 blocked kicks, 3 qb hurries, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and returned two take aways for touchdowns.
Joe Burnett is a ballhawk. At 5’10 192 pounds he has made a living making quarterbacks pay with 16 interceptions, 35 passes defensed Burnett also doubles as a return man with 5 special teams touchdowns on returns. He offers another trait the team might be looking for if Clifton Smith is going to have an increased workload this fall.
While neither is projected to be a first day pick both are smart, gritty and athletically gifted players that could be had in rounds 5-7.