Another possibility, and maybe the most likely, is to trade down. If Bosa is gone and they aren’t sold on taking Hargreaves this early, get more picks. Even with Stanley’s talents, if he is there at nine the Bucs could gain at least one, if not more, draft picks to move.
Say they love Noah Spence, Robert Nkemdiche, or William Jackson III, just not at nine. What harm is it to move down to get their guy while gaining another pick in the second and fourth rounds? We’ve talked numerous times about the relationship between Licht and Titans’ GM Jon Robinson. The Titans gained a boat load of picks and need a tackle. Why wouldn’t the two former co-workers and very close friends work out a deal that helps both sides equally?
There are a lot of players to like in this draft, but very few to love. It’s truly “taster’s choice” at most positions after the top one is gone. Yes, Bucs fans are excited for this guy or that guy, but the truth is we only get one in the first round (unless they trade back in, but we won’t get into that here). Don’t fall in love with one player. He may not be there by time the Bucs pick anyway. And don’t get too amped after Cleveland picks at eight, because the Bucs might be on the move and we’ll continue waiting before a player walks across the stage wearing our hat and holding our jersey.
We’re almost there, ladies and gentlemen. Draft day is nearly upon us. Are you ready?