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February 23, 2010 @ 7:23 am
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Lions Shopping Second Pick Impacts Tampa Bay

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NFL.com's Jason La Confora has posted on his twitter page that the Detroit Lions are shopping the second overall pick in the draft. For Detroit it makes sense because one of their biggest needs is a left tackle to protect quarterback Matthew Stafford. Trading down could allow the Lions to get extra picks and still land a tackle like Oklahoma State's Russell Okung, Iowa's Bryan Bulaga, Rutger's Anthony Davis, or Maryland's Bruce Campbell. The Lions have passed on some good left tackles in recent drafts prior to picking Stafford (Cleveland's Joe Thomas and Atlanta's Sam Baker). A full story is coming from La Confora on NFL.com.

Source: NFL.com - Jason La Confora

PewterReport.com's Take: This could have a huge impact on the Buccaneers draft if Detroit is able to deal the second-overall pick. With the Bucs picking third a team could trade up in front of Tampa Bay to land one of the top defensive tackles in the draft- Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh or Oklahoma's Gerald McCoy. It could also lead to an unbelievable scenario if the Rams take a quarterback at number one and a team trades with Detroit to take a quarterback at number two in front of the Washington Redskins at number four. That would leave Tampa Bay with both Suh and McCoy available. That seems to be a remote possibility at best though. It will be hard for Detroit to trade down, so it is extremely likely that at least one of Suh or McCoy is taken by the time the Buccaneers are on the clock. There are a number of teams that need a quarterback picking in the back half of the top-10 that might want to get in front of the Redskins: Cleveland, Seattle, Jacksonville, and Buffalo. The Bucs and Lions could try and trade down with these teams but trades in the top three picks of the draft have become hard to pull off.
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