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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Bucs take Xavier Rhodes

Tampa Bay needs defensive help and got it here with the addition of Rhodes.


In SB Nation's latest three-round mock draft by Matthew Fairburn, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers potentially upgraded on both sides of the ball.

In order, the Buccaneers selected cornerback Xavier Rhodes of the Florida State Seminoles, Stanford Cardinal tight end Zach Ertz and Missouri Southern defensive tackle Brandon Williams.

Rhodes is perhaps the most physical corner in the draft. A big corner at 6'2 and 210 pounds, Rhodes can climb up on the receiver at the line of scrimmage and pound on his opponent before they get out of the five-yard bump zone. Along with Mark Barron, this would immediately be a young, very talented secondary.

Ertz is considered by almost everyone to be the best tight end outside of Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert and would be a great fit in Tampa Bay. Ertz would replace Dallas Clark and be the long-term security blanket for Josh Freeman.

Williams is from a small school but has shown the ability to push the pocket somewhat and attack the run game. Considering how much the Buccaneers struggled on the defensive line, it's worth the gamble.

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