2013 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Predicting Picks 11-21

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Sept 22, 2012; Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive back Xavier Rhodes (27) during the game against the Clemson Tigers at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

Tampa Bay is another team with the talent to break into the playoffs. However, they have some glaring holes.

Unfortunately for the Buccaneers, they are very unlikely to land Milliner, who is easily the best cornerback in the draft. Xavier Rhodes is far behind Milliner but if the Buccaneers are going to pick a cornerback here, they’re going to have to take Rhodes. Rhodes intercepted three passes in 2012, but he also defensed a mere seven passes.

Rhodes has the frame and athleticism to succeed in the NFL — he ran a blazing-fast 4.43 40-yard dash, weighs 217 pounds and checks in at 6’2″. Rhodes can help out a needy secondary just by giving up a limited number of catches, because the Buccaneers’ pass defense ranked 32nd in 2012. Tampa Bay has been heavily pursuing Jets’ cornerback Darrelle Revis but if they can’t get him, a cornerback will be the pick here.