Round 1: Tampa Bay Selects CB Aqib Talib
CB Aqib Talib
CB Aqib Talib

Posted Apr 26, 2008

With Selection 20 in Round 1, Tampa Bay selects CB Aqib Talib, Kansas. Learn more about this pick from team and draft experts!

Player Aqib Talib, CB, Kansas
Team Tampa Bay Bucs
Pick Round 1, Selection 20 (20 Overall)
Stats Ht: 6-1   Wt: 195   40: 4.50  
Tampa Bay had two big needs - wide receiver and cornerback. By taking Talib, the Bucs are taking a big corner that could be an immediate fit in their defense as a third cornerback and eventually be Ronde Barber's successor. He's considered a shutdown corner, which isn't necessarily needed in the Cover 2, but welcome. He plants and drives well. He needs to work on his ball skills. But on a defense where the No. 2 and No. 3 corners, Phillip Buchanon and Eugene Wilson, are both in the final year of their contracts, Talib will face pressure immediately to step in and play a prominent role. But he appears to have the skills to do so. - Matt Postins,
The team apparently decided against trading for veteran CB Lito Sheppard and went with the younger and perhaps even more talented Talib. While Talib had been red flagged by some teams, Tampa Bay was comfortable enough with the information they received in order to select him. While Talib doesn't run as well as the cornerbacks selected ahead of him, he's a bit more physical. He'll likely compete right away against veteran CB Philip Buchanon.
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