With multiple reports now surfacing that the Bucs are considering trading up to the number one spot, I figured I would give you my thoughts on the deal that is supposedly on the table.
Let me put this caveat in here before discussing. This time of year, there are all kinds of rumors that surface that might be posturing by teams or might be just totally unfounded. This could be a ploy by the Rams in order to get Michael Vick for a cheaper price from the Eagles. All I’m saying is that its just a rumor, so lets treat it that way.
On the surface, trading up to the number one selection makes a ton of sense for our team. Our most glaring need is in the middle of our defensive line at the DT position, and the two best players in the draft, both DT’s, will probably go 1 and 2. As is stands now, at number 3, we’d be forced to maybe pick a player where we don’t have as much of a glaring need (SS) or reach for a player who fits a need but might be too high to draft (DE).
My issue is not trading up to number one, it is the reported package that is being talked about, Josh Johnson, our number 3 pick, and the number 67 pick in the draft. This draft is crucial not only for the future sustainability for the Bucs as a competitive franchise, but obviously for the likelihood that Radio and Mark Dominik are retained or not. I’m a little worried that although they preached that building through the draft, from the bottom up, ala the Patriots, was the way to build an organization, that they would sacrifice that very thing in order to save their jobs and get the player who has a chance to make the biggest impact. Let’s be honest, the Bucs need impact players at SS, CB, MLB, SLB, DE, DT, RT, WR, RB. Some of those positions, we need two quality guys. So just on the surface, we have 1o picks, and 9 obvious need positions in my eyes, with a need for no less than two impactful receivers coming from this draft. If we moved pick number 67 in order to move up two spots, we are at minimum sacrificing one of those positions. You could also add QB to the list of needs if we were to trade the guy who should walk in to camp this year as the backup in Josh Johnson.
Another issue I have is the fact that deep down in my heart, I still believe the Rams are targeting one of the two QB’s, Jimmy Clausen or Sam Bradford. By trading down to number 3, they have the ability to target the guy they want anyway, and get him for a much cheaper price, and in the process, pick up pick number 67 as well as a guy who not 6 months ago, Radio proclaimed his backup for life. For the Rams, this is a no brainer deal in my eyes, for the Bucs, not so much.
Players that could be available come pick 67: Brandon LaFell, Jahvid Best, Myron Rolle, Major Wright, Arrelious Benn, Devin McCourty and a slew of other players, who fit positions of need who have a chance to be impactful first year players, not just projects for years down the road. Obviously the combine hasn’t begun yet, and some of those players may or not be there when we pick, but just from a cursory look at most Draft Boards, there are a bevy of high quality players available when we pick in Round 3.
My issue isn’t the trading up to Ndamukong Suh, it’s sacrificing a key piece of what is needed to properly rebuild (pick 67), and rebuild the way these retards said they wanted to. If that were pick were lowered to a 5th or 6th rounder, I think my mind would be changed.