" NFL DraftPlayer AnalysisNFL Draft ProfilesBuccaneers Draft Profile: CB Julian LoveNew Jameis Winston Jersey ,1commentEDTAs mentioned before, we all know how bad the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ secondary has been over the years. They need all the help they can get and the 2019 NFL Draft should be able to provide some of that help. Could former Notre Dame cornerback Julian Love be in play? We won’t know until if/when his name is called, but until then, let’s take a look at the former standout. Julian Love’s CareerLove was a 3-star recruit out of Nazareth Academy, located in La Grange Park, Illinois. He ranked as the 46th overall cornerback before heading to play for the Notre Dame Irish.After starting the final eight games of his freshman season, Love set a school record for most pass break-ups in a single season (20) and led the team in interceptions (3) during his sophomore season. After finishing out his junior season as a finalist for the Jim Thorpe award, Love decided to forego his senior year and enter the NFL Draft. The 5-foot-11, 193-pound cornerback recorded five interceptions and 126 total tackles during his collegiate career. He finished his career as the all-time leader in pass break-ups at Notre Dame. Pros - Instincts- Technique- Quick Feet- Route Recognition/Awareness- TacklingLove relies on technique and competitiveness to get the job done. He has tremendous ball skills - evidenced by the records he broke at Notre Dame - and has the ability to read and react quickly on the field. He’s competitive as hell, his technique is sound as hell, and he’s always near the ball. Very little do you see him out of position or blowing assignments. A lot of that is also due to patience.Tackling is also a major plus with this kid. He won’t lay anyone out, but rarely do you see him miss as he attempts to take down an opponent. Cons- Strength- Speed- Burst- QuicknessThe biggest issue is Love’s lack of strength. He ran a 4.54 at the combine, but could only muster 14 reps on the bench press. Slower corners have to be stronger in order to keep NFL receivers in front of them and so they don’t get beat at the top of routes, which has happened to Love on plenty of occasions. He will also have trouble with the more “speedster” receiver due to his lack of quickness, burst, and overall speed. Teams will likely have to drop a safety over the top to help him out and they won’t be able to leave him on an island - depending on the matchup. Why The Buccaneers Need HimIn today’s NFL, it’s important to have depth at cornerback, especially if you’re the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Will It Happen?Love will likely go in the second round, but it feels like the 38th pick would be just a bit too high, especially considering the draft stock the Bucs have recently invested in the position.Tampa Bay just has too many needs in other areas to spend a high pick on a player that may have to play in a specific scheme in order to be successful. If he were to drop to the third round or later, then sure, it could happen - but that’s not likely and neither is Love wearing the pewter and red. For most of the season, outside of a handful of games, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were one of the worst defenses in the league. In fact, it was so bad early on that they were forced to fire Mike Smith, who announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday. Yes, they had some good stretches later on in the season under interim defensive coordinator Mark Dufner, but those were mostly against the bottom feeders of the NFL and the defense still wasn’t good enough. Now, the Buccaneers have to adjust to their new defensive coordinator, Todd Bowles Mike Evans Jersey , who is considered one of the better defensive coordinators in the league. Obviously, a lot of adjustments and learning will take place over the next eight months, but it was evident Tampa Bay needed a whole new philosophy on defense. Anyway, below are four players from the Buccaneers defense who had high expectations coming into last season and how their 2018 numbers compared to their career averages. Gerald McCoyCareer stats avg (2010-2017): 33.6 total tackles, 29 solo tackles, 6.9 sacks per year, 2.8 pass defenses2018 season stats: 28 total tackles, 17 solo tackles, 6 sacks and 1 pass defense. Opinion: 2018 very well could have been Gerald McCoy’s final season with the Buccaneers. Unless a restructure happens, I can’t see the Buccaneers paying him $13 million dollars. The production just doesn’t line up anymore. It was his worst season statistically since 2011 and the new regime has now ties to him which doesn’t help his case. Hew gave it his all in Tampa Bay, there is no question about that, but it’s time for both sides to move on. Jason Pierre-PaulCareer stats avg (2010- 2017): 61.8 tackles, 44 solo tackles, 8.2 sacks per year, 1.8 Forced fumbles 2018 season stats: 58 total tackles, 48 solo tackles, 12.5 sacks and 1 forced fumbleOpinion: It was a hell of a season by JPP. Not only did he break the 12 year drought of no Buccaneer reaching 10 sacks, but he battled through numerous injuries all season long and was a force almost every Sunday. Props to general manager Jason Licht for acquiring JPP for only a third round pick back in March. Except JPP to be an important piece of Todd Bowles defense moving forward and become one of the true leaders on the defensive side of the ball. Lavonte DavidCareer stats avg (2012-2017): 127.5 total tackles, 91.3 solo tackles, 3 sacks, 2.8 forced fumbles and 1.8 fumble recoveries.2018 stats: 119 total tackles, 94 solo tackles and 3.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries.Opinion: It was another solid year for one of the best outside 4-3 linebackers in the league. Lavonte David is never really mentioned in the national media, but he deserves to be. He’s another Buccaneer who shows up week in and week out and Todd Bowles will love to have him in his defense. The only negative from David is that he hasn’t had an interception in two seasons and the forced fumbles were a bit lower than normal. Either way, he will be an important piece moving forward. Brent GrimesCareer stats avg (2007-2017): 13.4 pass-breakups, 2.6 INT’s2018 season: 6 pass-breakups, 0 INT’sOpinion: Grimes wasn’t paid enough to do much of anything on the field. Yes, that’s according to him. *Inserts eye roll emoji*. Yeah, good riddance Brent鈥?and Miko.