When taking a look at the draft board, many Tampa Bay Buccaneer fans believe there’s no perfect player who will be on the board when the 13th selection rolls around in the NFL Draft in April. That inevitably leads to the thought of trading down, which sounds great in a draft class that doesn’t have any surefire superstars. The problem with trading down is that someone has to trade up, and in a draft that inspires a top 15 drafting team to move down, it’s tough to find a corresponding team to move up.
Leave it to Jerry Jones to open the door for wheeling and dealing.
The Dallas Cowboys are apparently quite interested in drafting Kenny Vaccaro, safety from Texas. Rotoworld posted a report stating that Dallas values Vaccaro “immensely” because he fits a need and obviously has a connection to fans in the Lone Star State thanks to his time in Austin with the Longhorns. But they’re not the only team in the middle of the first round looking to pick up a safety, as the St. Louis Rams are also in need of a safety this offseason. So could the Cowboys make a deal to move up and take Vaccaro?
The Buccaneers would stand to gain a package of picks featuring at least a third round choice for moving down to 18 and exchanging with the Cowboys. Moving down to the 18th selection puts the Buccaneers closer to the rankings of players like Desmond Trufant and Xavier Rhodes, and also opens up the possibility of selecting a tight end like Tyler Eifert. The additional middle round pick would help add depth and provide ammunition for trading up to select another first round prospect, much like the Buccaneers did in 2012 to select Doug Martin.
The possibility remains that Vaccaro is someone the Buccaneers are interested in, as well, which would obviously mean they would need to stay put at number 13 and make sure they select him before the Rams or Cowboys get the chance. But if the plan is to move down, circumstances such as the Cowboys’ interest in Kenny Vaccaro are the avenues by which such a draft day trade could be conducted.