The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded up one spot with San Francisco to take Iowa right tackle Tristan Wirfs with the No. 13 overall pick on Day 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Bucs surrendered their fourth-round pick to move up, but have both of their Day 2 picks – No. 45 in the second round, and No. 76 in the third round.

The Bucs were shocked that Wirfs was the fourth tackle taken in the first round, as the team had a much higher grade on him than No. 13, and were thrilled to see him slide down the draft board.

While some fans might be fretting over the Bucs losing their fourth-round pick in the trade for Wirfs, keep in mind that only 28 percent of NFL fourth-rounders even reach their second contract in the league. Having said that, let’s preview what Bucs general manager Jason Licht might do on Day 2.

Howard Still Might Be Traded

The trade for Patriots Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski does make tight end O.J. Howard expendable, but Licht has indicated that he doesn’t have to move Howard, and that a trio of Gronkowski, Howard and Cameron Brate gives Tampa Bay the best tight end group in the NFL.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard
Bucs TE O.J. Howard – Photo by: Getty Images

Keep in mind that Howard is in the final year of his rookie contract and the Bucs could still pick up his fifth-year option for 2021. Gronkowski turns 31 in May and hasn’t played a full 16-game season since 2011. He missed eight games in 2016, two games in 2017 and three games in 2018, which was his last year in the NFL before retiring for the 2019 campaign. The Bucs may view Howard as the team’s long-term starter once Gronkowski retires again in a year or two.

Licht didn’t trade Howard on Day 1 of the NFL Draft, and if a deal is going to happen it would happen on Day 2 or likely not at all because the G.M. believes he’s worth a second-round pick – or perhaps a collection of high Day 3 picks. The New England Patriots, which have a need at tight end and attempted to trade for Howard before the trade deadline last year, have the 37th overall pick as their second-rounder, in addition to having four picks in the third round (Nos. 71, 87, 98 and 100).

Tampa Bay could use Howard in an attempt to trade up from No. 45 to No. 37 by dealing him and their second-rounder for the Patriots’ second-round pick to grab a premier running back, or could deal Howard for multiple third-round picks. The Bucs have their own third-round pick (No. 76), but traded away their two fourth-rounders to San Francisco to move up one spot to select Tristan Wirfs in the first round, and to New England for Gronkowski earlier in the week.

Skill Position Players Might Entice Bucs On Day 2

Tampa Bay’s offense already has some serious firepower with Pro Bowl quarterback Tom Brady, Pro Bowl wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, a Pro Bowl tight end in Gronkowski, in addition to tight ends like Howard and Brate and running back Ronald Jones II. So what will the Bucs do with their remaining six draft picks?

Add more firepower.

The Bucs got a glimpse at what life was like without Evans and Godwin down the stretch when both were sidelined with hamstring injuries in Week 16 and 17. Tampa Bay’s point production went down and the team lost two winnable home games to Houston and Atlanta to finish 7-9 instead of 9-7. Licht and head coach Bruce Arians need to replace Breshad Perriman, the team’s third receiver last year, and get a player that can step in and make an impact in case Evans or Godwin – or both – gets injured again.

Colorado WR Laviska Shenault
Colorado WR Laviska Shenault – Photo courtesy of Colorado

Baylor’s Denzel Mims, USC’s Michael Pittman, Jr., Colorado’s Laviska Shenault, Jr., Penn State’s K.J. Hamler, Boise State’s John Hightower and Notre Dame’s Chase Claypool are some names to keep an eye on in the second and third rounds. Hamler and Hightower are undersized speedsters that can take the top off a defense, while Mims, Pittman, Shenault and Claypool are bigger, more physical playmakers.

This is a deep wide receiver class, so the Bucs don’t have to take one on Day 2, but if the right player is there in the second or third round and represents good value don’t be surprised if they pull the trigger.

Will A RB Fall To Tampa Bay At No. 45?

The Bucs want to upgrade their ground game with the selection of another running back to pair with Jones, and that could come on Day 2 as early as the second round. LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire was one of the running backs that Tampa Bay was targeting, but several other quality backs remain.

Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor, Georgia’s D’Andre Swift, Florida State’s Cam Akers and Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins are still on the draft board. There is a good chance one of those backs could fall to Tampa Bay at No. 45 due to the lack of teams currently picking ahead of the Bucs not needing a running back.

Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor
Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor – Photo by: Getty Images

Taylor and Akers appear to be the backs the team covets the most. If the Bucs are going to try to trade up for a running back, it will be Taylor.

Barring a trade, Cincinnati and Indianapolis have the first two picks and are set at running back with Joe Mixon and Marlon Mack, respectively. The Lions select next at No. 35 and have Kerryon Johnson, but could use an upgrade. The next two teams – the Giants and Patriots – have former first-round picks in Saquon Barkley and Sony Michel, respectively, so they won’t have a need for a running back in the second round.

Carolina, which has the 38th overall pick, just signed former first-round pick Christian McCaffrey to a huge contract extension, so they’ll likely pass on a running back. Miami picks next and they passed on a running back with their first three picks, so it seems like the second round is where the Dolphins would target a runner at No. 39. Houston just traded for David Johnson and has Duke Johnson, while Cleveland has Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt in its backfield.

Jacksonville currently has Leonard Fournette, but might look to upgrade the backfield, as it’s not a lock that Fournette will remain a Jaguar for much longer. Chicago, which has the No. 43 pick, could use help in the backfield and are a threat to take a running back. The Colts have another pick at No. 44 ahead of the Bucs.

So there are currently four teams that could draft a running back – Detroit, Miami, Jacksonville and Chicago – ahead of Tampa Bay in the second round. The least likely of which are the Jaguars at No. 42. If they pass on a running back, one of the top four remaining backs could very well slide down to Licht and Arians without Tampa Bay having to make a trade up to get one.

If the Bucs go in a different direction in the second round, Tampa Bay could look at Memphis’ Antonio Gibson, Miami’s DeeJay Dallas or Illinois State’s James Robinson as early as the third round.

Other Day 2 Options For The Bucs

Licht could very well stick with his draft board and draft best player available rather than chasing needs at wide receiver and running back on Day 2.

Minnesota S Antoine Winfield
Minnesota S Antoine Winfield – Photo courtesy of Minnesota

Some names to keep an eye on in the second and third round are Alabama safety Xavier McKinney, Cal safety Ashtyn Davis, Minnesota safety Antonie Winfield, Jr., Lenoir-Rhyne safety Kyle Dugger, TCU defensive tackle Ross Blacklock, Missouri defensive tackle Jordan Elliott, Auburn defensive lineman Marlon Davidson, Ohio State defensive tackle Davon Hamilton, Penn State outside linebacker Yetur Gross-Matos, Michigan outside linebacker Josh Uche, Utah outside linebacker and Bradlee Anae on the defensive side of the ball.

LSU guard Damien Lewis, Louisiana-Lafayette lineman Robert Hunt, Michigan guard Ben Bredesen, Washington center Nick Harris, Clemson guard Jonah Jackson and Ohio State guard Jonah Jackson are names to keep in mind on offense. And if Houston tackle Josh Jones somehow slides down to No. 45, the Bucs may be tempted to double up at the tackle position in this draft and kick either Jones or Wirfs inside to right guard to compete with Alex Cappa. Stranger things have happened.

PewterReport.com’s Remaining Bucs’ Best Bets

Some of PewterReport.com’s Bucs’ Best Bets were selected in the first round, including Utah State quarterback Jordan Love, LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III and LSU outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson.

Here is list of the remaining Bucs’ Best Bets in the 2020 NFL Draft:

QB – Iowa’s Nate Stanley
RB – Florida State’s Cam Akers
WR – Memphis’ Antonio Gibson
TE – Dayton’s Adam Trautman / Georgia’s Charlie Woerner
OT – Houston’s Josh Jones / Louisiana-Lafayette’s Robert Hunt
G – LSU’s Damien Lewis / Clemson’s John Simpson
C – LSU’s Lloyd Cushenberry III / Washington’s Nick Harris
DT – Ohio State’s Davon Hamilton / LSU’s Rashard Lawrence
OLB – Utah’s Bradlee Anae
ILB – Mississippi State’s Willie Gay / Miami’s Shaquille Quarterman
CB – Virginia’s Bryce Hall / Louisiana Tech’s L’Jarius Sneed
S – Cal’s Ashtyn Davis / Georgia’s J.R. Reed

And here is where things stand with the latest PewterReport.com 2020 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft:

Round 1 – No. 14 – Louisville OT Mekhi Becton (Drafted by Jets in Round 1)
Round 2 – No. 45 – LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Drafted by Chiefs in Round 1)
Round 3 – No. 76 – LSU G Damien Lewis
Round 4 – No. 117 – Memphis WR-RB Antonio Gibson
Round 5 – No. 162 – Arkansas DT McTelvin Agim
Round 6 – No. 195 – Iowa QB Nate Stanley
Round 7 – No. 242 – Tulane WR Darnell Mooney

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FLBoy84

With plenty of solid RB’s and WR’s in this draft, would be perfectly happy if we walked out of today with additions at OL and DL. Since we wouldn’t pick again until the 5th, if we’re able to maneuver a bit for an extra pick or two to grab a RB, even better.

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Captain Sly

Keep rolling my eyes every time I hear Scott mention RB! There isn’t a franchise changing RB in this class. The Bucs are better off building this oline that’s been one of the worst for years.

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Dave

100% agree. There’s isn’t a 1st round RB talent or franchise RB in this draft. Good god man, I pray they don’t try and trade up for Taylor. Guess we’ll find out though

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bucballer

Hey Dave my friend… u better prepare the panic room my friend, because I believe this could actually be the scenario we could be looking at.

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Dave

Hope not. I think we should be done with trade ups, especially for any of the RB’s left. I wouldn’t have minded if the trade up was for Helaire. He’s exactly the type of RB we need. But there aren’t any elite pass catching backs left. So trading up for a back to split carries with RJ when we already gave away our 4th wouldn’t be a wise move. At this point we should wait on a RB, like maybe Gibson, or even Moss or Dillon. If there aren’t any elite pass catching backs, might as well wait for a… Read more »

Knightrider79

I think if that happens you should not be a Bucs fan anymore. That’ll show the franchise you mean business. Cancel your PewterReport.com login and everything

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AlbJack65

I like the idea of getting a thumper, or as I call them a “hammer” back. RJ had a nice bounce back 2nd season with 724 yards and a 4.2 average rushing along with 31 receptions for 309 yards. Perhaps the coaching staff feels like he can increase those receptions and yardage with a QB that likes his check downs? If so, dropping the “hammer” on 3rd and 2 or less takes pressure off of Jones and Brady and the O-line. The added bonus of end of game scenarios to chew clock when you have a lead against a tired… Read more »

bucballer

Hey Dave! U might be right about RBs since they took Safety in 2nd!

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Knightrider79

We’re not looking for a franchise RB, we’re looking for a complimentary back. There’s s huge difference

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liquidmuse3

They don’t need a franchise changed they they need a compliment for Jones.

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Naplesfan

BPA

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BucRy

I too hope to walk away with a guard or Dt tonight! Agreed with your comment.

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Jdgamble31

I say stick and pick at 45, take best RB available. Also I don’t think the bears are gonna take a RB so early. They just got Montgomery last year. One of the next 4 (Swift, Taylor , Dobbins , Akers) should slide to us , and I’d be thrilled with any of them.

3rd round pick = best WR. Our offense is gonna be so scary !!

GO BUCS !

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bucballer

I, too, would be happy with either of those RBs. We just need some help.

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Spitfire

I promise you that the 49ers wanted Kinlaw. Other teams were calling wanting to move up to 13 to grab Wirfs and we had already been talking to the 49ers saying “If the Top 4 OTs are gone then we aren’t going to reach for an OT and we are going to take Kinlaw. So even though Miami may be offering you #18 and a 3rd rounder, if you want Kinlaw, flip with us and we will throw you our 4th.” So it may seem strange to lose a pick to move up 1, I guarantee there is a good… Read more »

Captain Sly

Giants and Jets both screwed up to allow us to select Wirths!

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Bucko40

Giants didn’t screw up. They felt the same need the Bucs did. Protect your franchise QB. Thomas is the Best run blocker of the OT. With Barkley in the Giants backfield Thomas was the logical choice.

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Devasher

You’re absolutely correct the 49ers wanted Kinlaw. Lynch called him a “top 10, top 5 talent” and the guy they were targeting (which is par for the course of GM Draft talk, however Kinlaw was the last 1st round DT available to replace Buckner). The fact is, had Lynch dropped to the Dolphins pick at 18, he was giving up Kinlaw and having to go in other directions. There is no way to give up on a top target for a 1st and a 3rd from Miami, it would’ve had to have been a 1st and a 2nd. And if… Read more »

Dave

Agree 100%

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Spitfire

Which is why Miami obviously didn’t offer 18 and their 2nd or Lynch didn’t wanna give up Kinlaw. Either way, we didn’t just give them our 4th to pick at 13 for fun, it was to prevent whatever other deals were in the mix. In the end we got our guy and as of now At least it seems worth every penny. I would be ecstatic if Jones dropped to us. If Jones and Wirfs pushes for playing time on the right side this year and next year they could play LT and RT, we may be able to solidify… Read more »

Naplesfan

Miami obviously wanted an OT to protect Tua. They drafted one with one of their picks. But SF certainly would have been willing to forego Kinlaw if they got enough in return. And the Fins, with 14 total draft picks and 3 of those in the first round, certainly could have offered the 49ers way more to trade up from 18 than the Bucs offered to trade up from 14. But apparently the Fins were not willing to part with, say, a 2nd rounder (they have two 2nd round picks) to move up from 18. So the 49ers got what… Read more »

Dave

Never once argued that mathematically by the points system it was an unfair trade. I’m saying moving up 1 spot and giving up a 4th in a very deep draft, with plenty of talent projected to be there in the 4th, on a 7-9 team with plenty of holes to fill, isn’t the best move. You’re entitled to your opinion, as is everyone else. But not everyone agrees. Whether it mathematically adds up by the draft points system or not.

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SenileSenior

Thanks, guys. Great discussion. Great points. You have given this fan much clarity about our pick.
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Go Bucs!!!

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bucballer

RB becomes the glaring need for the Bucs! They don’t need a franchise back necessarily but one who has running and pass catching abilities. If he develops into a franchise back then so be it. Lack of salary cap requires that we add to our stable through the draft. This clearly a vital need as RoJo needs help! Clearly, the Bucs like RB J. Taylor. I do too. He would add that necessary depth we clearly need! I believe the Bucs just might move up with trade plus picks to make this happen! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No… Read more »

FLBoy84

If RB was all they needed, I’d agree. We have zero DL depth, 1 decent guy for OL depth, and could use another S and a WR3, so I’m for actually trading back a bit to accrue more capital. There are a LOT of solid RB’s to pair with RoJo, no need to reach on one with 15 fumbles on his resume. A talented player with a turnover issue, where have we heard that before?

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Captain Sly

Haha flboy. Old habits can be hard to Shake!

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Dave

100% agree FLBoy. Whoever we take at RB, we just need to get him at 45. Don’t trade up for one. Because none of them will offer an element we don’t have. If It was Helaire, I’d say sure, trade up If necessary. But not for a bunch of mediocre pass catchers. A good pass catching back is huge with Brady. That’s more important in his offense than any other position. Always has been. And we can’t afford an elite FA pass catching back. So we need to try and get Gibson later in the draft. Trading up for Taylor,… Read more »

bucballer

Which would impact the Bucs more: depth at OLine( we now have a little depth, could always use more), more help at Safety( again extra depth is always needed) or a #3 WR( which Coach has said he likes the potential talent already on board) or a potential #1 RB who could keep the defense honest due to his big play potential( RoJo was better last year. I like him. I think he’ll improve even more this year) but I’m not sold on him being the #1 and carrying the load! Although he may not be the favorite of most,… Read more »

PewterPose

We have passed on so many good RBs over the years. Kamara. Cook. Etc. Enough already. Even Tom Brady needs a talented RB back there for those little passes and some help on blocking (especially with a talented but young RT). Let’s pick up a running back already. It’s a position of need and the top guys remaining would be considered second round talents in most drafts.

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Captain Sly

The Saints & Vikings passed on Kamara,Cooks etc
The Bucs May very well draft RB tonight but neither of these RB’s compliment what you already have at RB!
If passed behavior serves as the best indicator for future decisions, Beware of this 2nd round pick!!!

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geno711

I never understand why people bring up the best case scenarios and skip over the years where all the running backs did not work out. 2018: Barkley a stud but picked before Bucs picked, then – 1st round Penny 1st round Michel 2nd round Chubb – before bucs picked 2nd round ROJO 2nd round – Johnson 2nd round – Guice Why was the bucs pick bad. It was not -it was better than most at running back. The rest of the running backs that year were: Freeman, Hines, Walton, Smith, Ballage, Edmonds, Kelly, Scott, Cannon, Williams, Scarbrough, Bawden, Jackson. I… Read more »

magoobee

There is a better chance that Akers falls to pick 76, then he is taken before 45. Stop losing draft capital by trading up. The Bucs should think of trading down in round 2, not up. Stop panicking, let the draft come to you. That is what would have happened in round 1.

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Dave

Couldn’t have said it better man. Totally agree!

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PewterPose

No need to trade up in the 2nd. Kind of like the Big 4 tackles in Round 1, not a huge amount of space between this clutch of RBs.

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Naplesfan

BPA – that’s all that matters. There are lots of running backs in this draft, no need to trade up to get the BPA. The biggest need, so many kept repeating during the runup to the draft, was a pass catching running back .. but that was before we acquired Gronkowski, and his pass catching ability is better by far than any of the RBs left in the draft. And we’ve also still got both Brate and Howard as pass catching tight ends. Besides, it is highly likely that there are quality veteran running backs who will become available after… Read more »

scubog

Thank goodness someone understands the importance of BPA and doesn’t want the Bucs to choose a player based on perceived need. Had Jason Licht not traded up to assure the selection of OT Tristan Wirfs, many would have had us take OT Josh Jones who apparently wasn’t so highly regarded. All of us get the lean toward need when the grading is similar. Every team has multiple needs so for me the best strategy will always be to take the BPA and find a spot for him.

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magoobee

The most ludicrous statement in this article is “keep in mind that only 28 percent of NFL fourth-rounders even reach their second contract in the league”. In the article “Breaking Down the NFL Draft”, they found that Virtually every player drafted will play at least one year in the NFL Even the latest draft choices have a 75% probability of making a roster Draft picks are not only about the future but more importantly, the present. It allows you to control your salary cap buy using rookie contracts, which are much cheaper, for replacement players. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit… Read more »

Dman

Ok, so here was my pre-draft mock. I had S Davis or JR Reed in RD4 until the Gronk trade. Let the thumbs down and criticism fly!!!
RD1. Andrew Thomas. OT. Georgia
RD2. Marlon Davidson. DL. Auburn
RD3. Akers/Zack Moss. RB. FSU/Utah
RD4. Jon Greenard. DL. Florida
RD5. John Runyan. OG. Michigan
RD6. Antonio Gibson. RB/WR Memphis
RD7. Jeremiah Dinson. S. Auburn

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geno711

I am a Marlon Davidson fan. So I like it.

This site has over talked Jon Runyan – IMO. He is not his father. He never learned the technique his father did. Plus although decent size – not huge and strong like his father was.

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magoobee

Antonio Gibson will be gone in round 4 if not sooner.

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We just need to carefully study what Bill Belichick and the Patriots are doing, after all they are drafting the players that will make-up our team 1o years from now.

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ROFLMAO! So true!

Although, Mankins was decent for the 5 minutes he was a Buc.

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MWD

Swift from Georgia would be off the chart for us to get!

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magoobee

Swift is the best pass catcher of the back
Taylor the best runner
Akers the most underrated

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MWD

Agree with you 100%- and out of all three, Akers is probably going to be the one available

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Bucko40

I already nailed the Bucs 1st round pick and the fact they would trade up in my Mock. My 2nd round pick is already gone. I’ll take the win though.

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jrwilson85

Why doesn’t Licht just give away the farm? There isn’t a RB in this draft worth trading up 8 spaces to get. This guy is a panic merchant. John Lynch already bamboozled Licht and now he wants to deal again with Belichick?

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bucballer

In what alternative world r we living in when Buc fans wouldn’t appreciate a RB J. Taylor in the Buccaneer backfield?! All the kid did was rush for 2000 yards in the last 3 consecutive college seasons! But he wouldn’t be a good fit with our Bucs?! Get out of here with that shize. We should be so lucky!

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BucRy

Maybe it’s just me but I think we can still hold off on getting a rb until the 3rd round at least with plenty of backs on the board still. The 2nd round we could get another player in the trenches on either side of the ball..there’s plenty more running backs and wide receivers in this class than linemen IMO. Ideally, I’d like us to atleast get Guard, DT, RB, and WR. Can’t wait til round 2-3 to start tonight!

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MWD

BucRy- I could easily see them going- Mike Pittman J.R. or Tee Higgins offensively or maybe Grant Delpit- if anyone of these are left OR taking one of those 3 backs. Has anyone heard anything else about OJ and if they will use him to move up?

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BucRy

Not sure what the bucs plans are with Howard, but they did resign Auclair and Hudson this offseason so it made sense that there would be speculation of him being on the move. At this point, I’m Not trading him unless it was for a player and some picks. Though, I am fine with just keeping him on the squad to see what he can do with Brady.

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Makski13

Would love to get 2 of the Pats round 3 picks for Howard! Not sure if they would give that much up? Maybe the 2nd and the 4th from the Pats? That would be awesome!! We could throw in a late rounder too! Then, with a 2nd rounder and 3 3rd rounders, we could really improve our depth. Maybe a RB, DT, OL and S? Wouldn’t mind waiting really late for WR help, still good ones will be available and we can flood it in UDFA’s. Who wouldn’t want to play with Brady! I really want Gibson, think he could… Read more »

bucballer

Hey MWD, I’d be happy with any of those guys as well. Guys that just make ur team better because of talent! Safety would sure plug a hole too!

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Dude

I still don’t get why PR is pimping a Howard trade? Let’s look at it… O.J. is on a rookie contract (something the Bucs need right now), he’s a better blocker than Brate and cheaper too, while none of the Bucs top 3 TE’s (Gronk, Howard, Brate) are known for making it through the whole season injury free these last few years. So besides trade bait, what would it benefit the Bucs to move Howard? He’s really only had one off year, last year. Think that could be due to a system change, coaching, or possibly Jameis’ lack of touch… Read more »

bucballer

Ur preaching to the choir Dude! He’s younger, faster, better blocker, cheaper and has more upside as age/hip injury start to affect an older Brate. Don’t get me wrong, Brate has been a wonderful asset and like money in the red zone for us. The point being we need to be grooming this prototypical TE to take over from Gronk and Brate. Seems like a no brained here…but u r absolutely right in ur assessment. Keep OJ… Let the juice loose!

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flashgordon

Everyone wants a Hb with the second rounder. I started checking out the Hb’s just last night, and found some admittedly second and third stringers that looked interesting. If I could find them that low, what else could I find? I just finished taking a look at the hbs, and my top guy is Xavier Jones. Some of the maybe good third stringers I could find are Kesean Strong, Shannon Brooks, Brian Herrien, Scottie Phillips, James Gilbert, Eno Benjamin Overall, I definitely feel we don’t need to draft a Hb in the second round. I’m going with Dline; secure the… Read more »

SaskBucs

CEH was the back I wanted in round 2. Now I hope The Bucs draft BPA for either of the lines… Baun, Blacklock, Davidson, Gallimore, Jones, or Cushenberry and wait for RB in 3rd round…maybe. Or target a Safety in round 3 since some good ones out there still.

Only way I will support a trade up is if it’s back into the 2nd for a sliding Safety.

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owlykat

Definitely no moving up for a RB. You can get a good one by staying til our pick. If others move up and get the top RBs, fine, get Big Back Dillard to protect Brady and get the short yards and move the sticks in the fourth quarter. Remember how the Patriots used the Big Back we gave away to them years ago who was their big key in the playoffs and Super Bowl wins. If you have forgotten just ask Brady! In the third round get Pittman.

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