The network of pro and college talent evaluators that came together to form ESPN's Scouts Inc. graded out more than 2,500 NFL players, including 187 cornerbacks.

If you scroll down that list of corners you eventually will find, at No. 30, the biggest reason the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have yet to fill their need for cornerback help by signing a free agent.

When the free agency signing period opened last week, the cornerback rated 30th overall by Scouts Inc., Antoine Cason, also was the cornerback rated first in the Scouts Inc. free agency rankings.

With a grade of 79, Cason is at the top of the class of what Scouts Inc. considers a "good'' or "solid'' starter. But the former San Diego Charger who signed with Arizona on Friday is not in their "outstanding'' or "elite'' class.