2013 NFL Mock Draft: Tampa Bay nabs Dee Milliner

Kevin C. Cox

Tampa Bay had a solid season under Greg Schiano, but it still needs some help on defense, making Dee Milliner a great pick.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold the 13th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, and popular wisdom says they will use it on a defensive player.

Over at Mocking the Draft, Matthew Fairburn of SB Nation has Dee Milliner, cornerback from the Alabama Crimson Tide, headed to the Bucs.

Rob Rang at CBSSports.com also have Milliner going to the Tampa, while Dane Brugler has the Buccaneers taking Xavier Rhodes from Florida State with Milliner already chosen.

Drafttek.com has Tampa taking Johnathan Hankins, a big-bodied defensive tackle from Ohio State.

Milliner would be a great fit in Tampa, getting to play in front of Mark Barron, the second-year safety whom Milliner enjoyed a ton of success with in college. Milliner also brings a little swagger from a winning program, something that can always help on a young team.

He's got solid size and is physical, another plus against the bigger receivers in the NFC South.

The selection also makes sense because of the Bucs' obvious needs.

Tampa Bay looked good on offense throughout the season but struggled in pass coverage. Ronde Barber is a borderline Hall-of-Fame player, but his days are clearly numbered even at safety and Eric Wright is occasionally solid but unspectacular.

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