Bucs First Draft: Aqib Talib

Aqib Talib is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' newest player. Find out everything you need to know about Talib in this exclusive "First Draft" feature. Find out fun facts about Talib and then link to articles, video and audio that will help you get to know the newest Buc's on-field ability and personality. No one has more on Talib than Bucsblitz.com.

What don't you know about Aqib Talib? Check this out:

1. Talib knows how to play the football. Talib ranks second in Kansas history with 13 interceptions, topped only by Ray Evans (17).

2. Talib knows something about offense. The cornerback has caught nine passes on offense for his career and scored on five of them. In fact, if you add up his receptions and interceptions — 22 — Talib has returned seven of them for touchdowns.

3. The sought-after corner had an odd freshman job. Kansas State, Wyoming, Tulsa and Baylor were interested in Talib before he signed with Kansas. But after being redshirted, he and teammate Anthony Collins cleaned out ovens and refrigerators in Kansas dorm rooms to make extra cash.

4. Bucs defensive backs coach Raheem Morris on Talib being a flashy player: "He is definitely a flash player. You look at his tape in college and you see a lot of stuff where he makes big time plays. But we've got him to get him to do the flash plays consistently and that's my job. I look forward to that stuff and that's the fun part."

5. Talib is in Kansas' record books. As a first-team consensus All-American in 2007, Talib becamse the 14th Jayhawk to do so in program history. He also earned AFCA All-American honors, making him just the fifth Jayhawk to do so. Among the other four is Hall of Famer Gale Sayers.

6. Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin on Talib:. "We always let guys come in and compete, especially first-round or second-round picks. They are going to come in and compete. But that doesn't mean that we just start them. They have to earn it because we like who we have right now."

7. He ended his career on a high note. Talib was the Orange Bowl MVP.

Want to know more about Talib? Take advantage of Scout.com's extensive body of work covering Talib at Kansas and during the scouting period. Here are links that will help you get to know Talib better before he hits the field this weekend for rookie camp:


Instant Analysis of Talib by Scout.com's Tom Marino, a 35-year veteran of NFL scouting. Click here.

Talib's scouting combine Q&A session with the media. Click here.

Talib's complete transcript from his first post-draft press conference with the Tampa area media. Click here.

Scout.com's Adam Caplan files his blog analysis on the Talib selection. Click here.


Seahawks.net Scott Eklund's pre-draft analysis of the junior corners, including Talib. Click here.

Kansas DB talks about Talib as a mentor. Click here.


Foxsports.com video. Click here.

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Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for BucsBlitz.com and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. An award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers Association, he appears frequently on Scot Brantley Show from 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WHBO 1470-AM in Tampa-Clearwater.

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