Jan 01, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive back Johnthan Banks (13) warms up before the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the Gator Bowl at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft 2013: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Johnthan Banks

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded their first round pick to acquire Darrelle Revis but that didn’t stop them from getting the guy that they were targeting in the draft. After months of seeing Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks mocked to them i the first round the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulled the trigger on drafting Banks in the second round.

Banks is a big, physical cornerback that can step in and start right away. He’ll line up along side Revis in the Buccaneers secondary and will attempt to drag the Bucs out of the bottom of the league when it comes to pass defense.

In selecting Banks, the Buccaneers continued to have what is becoming the best draft this year, which is interesting to say considering they were absent a first-round choice. Essentially, the Buccaneers took Revis with the 13th overall pick since that’s what they swapped to get him. Eric Wright is still on roster but he’s expected to take a backseat to what the Bucs have going on right now.

Still, the Buccaneers could realistically go from having the worst secondary in the NFL to one of the best in a matter of an offseason. But what really has to be admired here is the fact that the Buccaneers yet again had a target fall to them under the Mark Dominik era. Back in 2010, the Buccaneers watched as defensive end Da’Quan Bowers dropped to them in the second round and now Banks has fallen to them as well in 2013.

It will be interesting to see if Banks develops the way the Bucs want him to, but if you’re in Tampa tonight you have to be stoked about what’s going on with your football team.

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