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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Buccaneers expected to bolster secondary

Tampa Bay had the worst passing defense in the NFL in 2012, and a few mocks project that the team will try to address that problem in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Kevin C. Cox

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost five of their last six games in the 2012 regular season, with one of the biggest contributing factors being the team's pass defense. Giving up an average of 297 yards through the air per game, the Buccaneers finished dead last in the category.

Because of this, draft analysts are predicting that Tampa Bay will use its 13th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft to address the secondary. In his most recent mock draft on Jan. 28, SB Nation's Dan Kadar has the Buccaneers getting a steal of a pick in Dee Milliner of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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Here's Kadar on Milliner:

Milliner is the best cornerback in the draft and no one is arguing it. He has good size and is physical in all areas of the game. Tampa Bay finally needs to go after a great cornerback early in the draft. It's conceivable that they double up on the position this year.

Sander Philipse of SB Nation's Bucs Nation recently broke down how the draft could shake out in a way that Milliner drops to Tampa Bay's No. 13 spot.'s Rob Rang also has the Buccaneers going with Milliner, while draft analyst Dane Brugler thinks they'll go with a cornerback, but Florida State's Xavier Rhodes.

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