Originally Posted by jterrell
Mo is a corner you use to play press man coverage. That's why you go up in the draft and get him.... Tampa 2 teams do not draft CBs high in the draft like that. They plug in guys because it is far easier to play zone corner than press man CB.
Brockers would fill a seriously thin position out with real potential. He could play either DT or the strong DE position. Ratliff may be fine... for about a year... if he is healthy. Hatcher is signed for only 1 more year. Behind them they have Lissemore. Crawford is really more suited to DE or pass rushing only DT.
We have 2 good LBS and NOTHING behind them but speculation and try hard. And those two guys have 32 starts between them in 5 seasons of NFL play(so 32 out of a possible 80 starts). Now we assume they both stay healthy are defensive lynchpins at the most critical Tampa based 4-3 position?
So you're arguing for using a #1 and #2 draft pick to provide depth and act as backups, if I'm understanding you right. That seems...unwise.
As for Claiborne, the idea of a "man" corner or a "Tampa 2" corner is a matter of degree, not of kind. My suspicion is that our defense will reflect the specific skill sets of the players we are trying to build around, including Mo and Carr.