ESPN’s NFL draft pundit Todd McShay discussed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the possibility of the Bucs trading up in the first round to land a pass rushing defensive end. In 2009 Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik traded up for quarterback Josh Freeman in the first round. Last year Tampa Bay traded up in the second round to select Arrelious Benn. With the Bucs sitting at the 20th overall pick, many believe their top targets like Cal’s Cameron Jordan and Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan won’t fall to the Buccaneers’ first selection.
With that in mind McShay answered what it would take for the Bucs to trade up with a team like the Miami Dolphins who have the 15th overall pick and are believed to be looking to move down in order to cover some mid-round picks that Miami traded away.
“I understand the theory there, and it makes some sense,” said McShay. “I don’t have the trade chart in front of me but if you are talking about five spots you’re probably talking about a third-round pick, something in that range. They could. The history is there. From Robert Quinn, to Da’Quan Bowers, J.J. Watt, I still think he is a better fit as a five technique inside, Aldon Smith from Missouri, Muhammed Wilkerson from Temple, Cam Jordan, Ryan Kerrigan, and then even Adrian Clayborn from Iowa and Ohio State’s Cameron Heyward, there are just so many defensive ends in this class. Maybe if you see the run on it and you’ve targeted one player then yes you make the move up and go get him because you are nervous he’s going to be off the board. When you start to look at it, one of those, if not more has to fall to 20. That’s why I’m not so sure of it. The way they’ve drafted and as successful as they’ve been in the middle rounds this past year. I would keep as many picks as I could get, hope one of the defensive ends falls to me, and go find some good players in the middle rounds.”
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