Archive for Saturday, April 26, 2008

Talib selected 20th overall by Tampa Bay

April 26, 2008, 4:23 p.m. Updated April 26, 2008, 5:37 p.m.


Former Kansas University defensive back Aqib Talib, a first team All-American for the 12-1 Jayhawks in 2007, took one more step into the professional world Saturday.

The Orange Bowl MVP was selected 20th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Talib becomes the first Jayhawk to be selected in the opening round of the 7-round weekend draft since Dana Stubblefield (26th overall) in 1993.

Talib will join the Buccaneers' well-known Cover-2 defense, which he feels he's ready for.

"We started to play a lot of Cover 2 my last year at Kansas," Talib said. "I think I'm ready for it. Coach (Monte) Kiffin is a master of it. With his help, I'll be all right learning the scheme. I think I'll make alot of plays."

Talib finished his junior season with 42 tackles, and tied for the team lead in interceptions with five. Known for having a knack for the big play, Talib backed it up by returning two of those picks for scores. The first set a school record against Florida International by covering 100-plus yards. The second return went for 60 yards in the first quarter of the Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech, the cornerstone moment of his MVP showing.

The Bucs went 9-7 in 2007 and won the NFC South. A team long-known for its defensive dominance, Talib will now play on the opposite side of Pro Bowl cornerback Ronde Barber.

"I plan on making an impact," Talib said. "Coming in, working hard and making an impact right away."

Contract negotiations will soon begin between the Bucs and Talib's agent, Todd France. But if last year is any indication, then Talib is about to strike it rich. Last year's No. 20 pick, Texas cornerback Aaron Ross, signed with the New York Giants for $13 million over five years. That included $8 million in guaranteed money.

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penguin 9 years, 11 months ago

We also get an early opportunity to see him come back when the TB Bucs play KC at Arrowhead on Nov 2.

poop2scoop 9 years, 11 months ago

Florida is a good fit since that state is a major transportation hub for marijuanna and other illegal drugs.

Steve Jacob 9 years, 10 months ago

For more unbiased info...Talib takes too many chances and gets caught out of position far too often for a player with his skills (see: struggles against Jordy Nelson of Kansas State) There are also concerns about his character stemming from three failed drug tests. On the flip side, he has good size and can be physical in coverage. Although he could improve in this area, he's an adequate open-field tackler who provides above-average run support skills for a corner. It's also worth noting that he has good ball skills and can make big plays.

missmagoo 9 years, 10 months ago

i'm glad to see someone from kansas selected in the first round.. however, john gruden is one of the biggest pricks in the NFL.. i wish you the best!

penguin 9 years, 10 months ago

I'm also happy to see that the only BIG XII player drafted in the first round of the NFL draft was from Kansas...all I can say is wow to that.

Steve Jacob 9 years, 10 months ago

Big 12 returns 10 starting QB's in 2008. Should be a heck of a year.

kujayhawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Since when does smoking weed in the NFL get you labeled as a character concern?

Mandie Eutsler 9 years, 10 months ago

good for you talib, i'll be rooting for all of the jayhawks in the nfl. good luck to you, wish you much success.

nobody1793 9 years, 10 months ago

By the way, it's Dana Stubblefield, Mr. hot-shot KU sports beat writer.

BigPrune 9 years, 10 months ago

Stubblefield's first name is "Dana" NOT Dan?

Steve Jacob 9 years, 10 months ago

FYI at least Talib fessed up to the pot. Michiagan WR Mario Manningham lied about his pot problems and is still waiting to get picked.

coldsplice 9 years, 10 months ago

beobachter-i'm with you. ive just noticed that srj just likes to post his positions whenever he can. He's you-know-what-talking on the Danica article as well...

maxcrabb 9 years, 10 months ago

It's cool that LJW links youtube vids and all, but can we get some "opens in a new window" action going on?I mean, really, it's 2008. We can all handle multiple window browsing...

riverdrifter 9 years, 10 months ago

Aqib's 2008 W-2 will be far greater than that of every poster here combined. He who laughs last...

jonas 9 years, 10 months ago

riverdrifter: Money doesn't buy happiness, it's just a good way to get through that first large down-payment.

tunahelper 9 years, 10 months ago

Jordy Nelson is gonna be a Green Bay Packer baby!!!!

maxcrabb 9 years, 10 months ago

beobachter (Anonymous) says:Why, since any idiot can post anything on youtube should we consider that a valid source for anything?----------------------------I wonder the same thing about these forums...

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