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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Is Dee Milliner the answer at cornerback for the Buccaneers?

Tampa Bay amped up their secondary with Mark Barron in 2012, but still finished last in pass defense. Will they go that route in the first round again?

Wesley Hitt

For the second straight season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers collapsed in the second half of the schedule. After getting into the playoffs conversation with a 6-4 start, Tampa lost five of their last six games and tailspinned into the offseason. A big reason for that?

It is ridiculously easy to pass on the Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay finished last in the NFL in passing yards allowed and 23rd in scoring defense. They parted ways with cornerback Aqib Talib, Ronde Barber is 37, and Eric Wright was suspended four games for reportedly using Adderall. The prospects for the Buccaneers, with the exception of 2012 first-round pick Mark Barron at safety, are not very good in the secondary, which is probably why most expect them to take a corner with the 13th overall pick.

Rob Rang of CBS Sports thinks it could be Dee Milliner out of Alabama:

Though more than just the cornerbacks are at fault for Tampa ranking dead last in the NFL in passing yards allowed in 2012, there is no better spot to start to correct the problems. One of the trademarks of Greg Schiano's Rutgers' teams was stellar play at cornerback and the 6-1, 198-pound Milliner has the length and physicality to fit perfectly.

Milliner is rated as the top corner in the draft by NFL Draft Scout. He led the nation with 18 broken up passes and had 20 passes defended. He would also instantly change the Bucs biggest problem on defense.

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