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Pre-draft glance: Defensive backs

5/4/2014

We conclude our pre-draft position-by-position look at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the defensive backfield.

Where things stand: The team parted ways with Darrelle Revis because his skills weren’t going to be showcased in the Cover 2 scheme and his salary could be used for a lot of other things. But the team filled Revis’ place nicely by signing Alterraun Verner. He’s a natural fit in the Cover 2 and he came at a reasonable price. Verner instantly becomes the No. 1 cornerback. Johnthan Banks and free-agent pickup Mike Jenkins will compete for the second and third spots. Safeties Dashon Goldson and Mark Barron have plenty of talent and could thrive if they can adjust to the Cover 2. The Bucs also brought in safety Major Wright, who played for coach Lovie Smith in Chicago, for depth.

What to watch for: This defensive backfield is very well stocked and it’s unlikely the team will use any early draft picks on the secondary. The Bucs could use a late-round pick on a defensive back, but depth at this position is not a huge priority.