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SR’s Fab 5 is a collection of inside scoop, analysis and insight from yours truly, PewterReport.com publisher and Bucs beat writer Scott Reynolds. Here are a few things that caught my attention this week at One Buc Place and around the NFL.

FAB 1. Will Bucs Trade McCoy For Williams?

I’ll admit that until this past month, I haven’t done much draft research on Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams.

I’ve seen Williams play and heard he was really good, but figured that he wouldn’t fall to No. 5 and even be an option to Tampa Bay, so why bother doing a deep dive into the Alabama All-American?

Just like I haven’t done much research on Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, Ohio State passer Dwayne Haskins or Missouri signal caller Drew Lock. The Bucs won’t be drafting those quarterbacks in the first round.

If one of the top three defenders – Williams, Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa or Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen – is going to fall to the Bucs because two quarterbacks end up going in the top four picks, it’s likely going to be Allen. And under that premise PewterReport.com featured him going to Tampa Bay at No. 5 in the latest 2019 Bucs’ Mock Draft.

I don’t see Williams sliding down to No. 5, so there’s no way he’ll wind up in red and pewter, right?

Not so fast.

PewterReport.com and other media outlets have suggested that Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht trade down from the fifth overall pick and acquire more draft choices.

But what if Licht actually traded up to get Williams?

That’s kind of tough to do without much draft capital, right? The Bucs only have one pick in each round of this year’s draft. But what if Licht offered a marquee player in addition to swapping first-round picks with San Francisco, which owns the second overall draft pick behind Arizona?

What if Tampa Bay traded the fifth overall pick and six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy to San Fran to move up three spots to select Williams?

What made me think of this scenario were Licht and Arians once again refusing to definitely state that McCoy would be a Buccaneer in 2019.

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

The two head honchos at One Buccaneer Place were ambivalent about McCoy’s future in Tampa Bay when I spoke to them at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in February. They were even more on the fence about McCoy, who is slated to make $13 million at age 31, suiting up in red and pewter in 2019 when they spoke with PewterReport.com’s Mark Cook and other media outlets at the NFL Annual Meeting this past week in Arizona.

The reasons are obvious, as Arians stated.

“The financial is a big part of it,” Arians said. “I have got to evaluate him. [The] guy is up in age. It is different. Now it is usually the age where they get paid the most. And production and price don’t match. So we have to find that out.”

The Bucs could use $13 million to give them the needed flexibility to sign a few more free agents and their draft class – they’ll need about $7 million for that – but haven’t parted ways with McCoy yet for one obvious reason. The team doesn’t have a quality starting-caliber three-technique to replace him.

Right now, McCoy’s backup is Rakeem Nunez-Roches, otherwise known as “Nacho” around the AdventHealth Training Center at One Buccaneer Place. Nunez-Roches has totaled 53 tackles and 1.5 sacks in his four-year NFL career, which started in Kansas City in 2015. Nunez-Roches was signed last year for depth purposes and notched two tackles.

Simply put, he’s not worthy of replacing McCoy – but Williams is.

If you’re not really familiar with Williams yet, I go into detail about what makes him so special next in Fab 2, but bear with me on this trade scenario and just understand that he’s indeed worth trading up for. Let’s look at why the 49ers might consider moving down a few spots and taking on McCoy and his $13 million salary to aid and abet the Bucs selecting Williams at No. 2.

The 49ers have a very young defensive line with the oldest players being new 28-year old defensive end Dee Ford, and 29-year old Kapron Lewis-Moore, a minimum salary player who may not even make the 53-man roster. San Francisco essentially has just three defensive tackles on its roster – Pro Bowler DeForest Buckner, D.J. Jones and Sheldon Day. This group can use more talent and the experience that McCoy could bring.

Alabama DT Quinnen Williams
Alabama DT Quinnen Williams – Photo by: Alabama

The 49ers want to get faster on the edge, which is why they signed Ford to play opposite former first-round pick Arik Armstead, a big 6-foot-7, 292-pound defensive end, who had his fifth-year option picked up by the team, but was not signed to a long-term extension. Drafting a faster, better, pass rusher like Bosa or Allen to replace Armstead, who had just three sacks last year, in 2020 and beyond makes more sense than drafting another defensive tackle in Williams given that they already have a young pass-rushing tackle in Buckner, who is on the rise.

So it makes sense for Lynch and the 49ers to move down three spots and get an edge guy like Bosa or Allen at No. 5, considering that the Jets will likely trade down from No. 3 with a quarterback-hungry team like the New York Giants, Denver or Washington. So with those projected trades, here’s how the Top 5 picks could look:

1. Arizona – Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray
2. Tampa Bay – Alabama DT Quinnen Williams
3. NY Giants – Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins
4. Oakland – Ohio State DE Nick Bosa / Kentucky DE Josh Allen
5. San Francisco – Kentucky DE Josh Allen / Ohio State DE Nick Bosa

With nearly $39 million worth of available salary cap space, the 49ers are one of the few teams that could take on McCoy’s $13 million salary without feeling squeezed. They end up getting one of the top two edge rushers and McCoy – and maybe a fourth- or fifth-round pick from Licht if Lynch drives a hard bargain.

The Bucs get $13 million cleared off their salary cap, get real value for McCoy in a trade and find his immediate replacement all in one fell swoop. Tampa Bay still has veteran Beau Allen to help serve as a veteran leader for the likes of Williams, second-year defensive tackle Vita Vea and other young defensive tackles on the roster like Nunez-Roches and Stevie Tu’ikolovatu.

So what does this mean for LSU linebacker Devin White, who might be the odds-on favorite for the Bucs if they stayed put and pick at No. 5 if Williams, Bosa and Allen all get drafted in the first four picks? White is a great player and would fill an obvious need at middle linebacker as Kwon Alexander departed to San Francisco in free agency.

LSU ILB Devin White
LSU ILB Devin White – Photo by: Getty Images

But with Kevin Minter re-signed to start at inside linebacker in Todd Bowles’ base 3-4 defense, and Deone Bucannon replacing him in nickel defense, the Bucs could get by without a premier middle linebacker for a year – especially with a veteran like Lavonte David around to call plays.

The situation is actually even more dire at the three-tech defensive tackle spot with needing to find an immediate successor for the 31-year old McCoy. While the 2019 NFL Draft is flush with talented defensive tackles – and deeper at the position than inside linebacker –

Trading McCoy on his own might not net anything more than a fourth- or fifth-round pick, and are there any teams clamoring to trade for him with a month left before a draft that is deep at defensive tackle? No.

But packaging McCoy in a trade that involves draft picks might work, and a team like the 49ers might see value in getting a productive, experienced defensive tackle in a trade without having to burn one of their own draft picks on the defensive tackle position – in addition to one of the top two edge rushers that they seek.

I don’t have inside knowledge that this scenario could occur or would even be considered, but it makes a lot of sense for Tampa Bay, which won’t get rid of McCoy until it has secured his replacement. But considering that Licht has made a couple of trades out of the blue – like trading up for kicker Roberto Aguayo in the second round in 2016 and trading for defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul last March – I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened.

Williams is worth it.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 24th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his son's Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. I wouldn’t mind this IF we didn’t have to give up any picks and it was just a swap with McCoy involved. Otherwise if seen and been hearing that two teams want to trade with the jets at 3. If that’s the case, you’ll have two quarterbacks taken and one of the big three will fall to us. As far as I’m concerned any of Bosa, Williams, and Allen would be a major draft success. Plus the draft is deep enough on defense. My dream scenario would be Allen at 5, the CB from penn state, can’t remember how to spell his name, and then Gerald Willis DT in the third. Gerald is a monster and led the NCAA on tackles for a loss. Either way this’ll be one hell of an exciting draft. Not even Licht can screw this up…..or can he…

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  2. I think trading up for a DT is a bad move. We drafted McCoy at 3 and Sue went at 2 and neither are hall of famers. Rookie DT usually don’t make impacts until their second or third years in the league. Williams is only a one year starter in college, sure it’s was good but he also played on one of the best defenses in college football. To me the value would be to trade down and get Oliver if we want a DT. If we trade up it has to be for Allen or Bosa. I think we need a day one starter on defense after we trade down.

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  3. I wouldn’t give up McCoy to move up a few spots. There will be an absolute stud available at 5, and this team needs players in multiple positions. If you are going to move 93 than pick up a second rounder for him, and considering the depth of this draft, that player would likely be a starter.

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  4. Something must be in the water today as CBS’S mock draft today has us packaging McCoy and our second to get back in end of the first round…

    https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2019-nfl-mock-draft-steelers-move-up-chargers-trade-out-for-josh-rosen-bucs-nab-round-1-pick-in-gerald-mccoy-deal/amp/

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  5. I like it but would take Allen instead. Then of course you’d have the hole at DT. Would get 13 mil tho which you could go out and sign say M Wilkerson for much less.(or another DT). Actually ii think Bowles shipped Wilkerson out of NY so maybe not. So Allen and a decent Free Agent DT would make more sense to me then just Williams. I think Allen would be the perfect fit for Bowles defense. Could be a consistent game changer.
    Knowing Bruce is aggressive in all, I wont be surpised if they trade up.

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  6. If everyone knows it’s a lie, is it really a lie? I’ve never believed everything they’ve said. I watched BA’s presser, it’s obvious they’ll part ways with McCoy in some fashion.

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  7. Those of you that think McCoy would fetch a #2 are really over valuing him. This man will NOT be on our roster on opening day. The $13 mill price-tag is way too high for his limited impact. He has been a good Buc but the time is now to move on.

    As for moving up, we need more picks not less. He may be a great talent but I would prefer to stay or move down and acquire more picks.

    Ed Oliver would not be my pick based upon his lack of being in shape at one of the most critical times in his life. We don’t need that.

    Just my humble opinions….

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  8. Moving up from the second would be a much more preferable option.

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  9. I’d rather have Allen than Williams

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  10. I don’t think either PR’s or CBS Sports ideas are worthy of much thoughtful consideration.
    The main over riding reason being McCoy’s big fat salary.
    There isn’t a GM in the league that wants to swallow that hefty chunk of cash for a player who is only worth half as much, if that.
    The only way the Bucs are going to get rid of McCoy is by waiving him. To much sentimentality or not enough talent on the team prevented them from doing something that should have been done last year.

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  11. Please, no more CB’s that run in the mid 4.5 range. We already have two now who are suspect, we don’t need to add anymore to the mix.

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  12. I would rather see a McCoy +2nd pick trade to get back in the first. This draft is packed with talent at Defense, no need to stretch up three picks for a 1 year starter.

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  13. Not a good idea to trade up. There is a lot of players that the Bucs would be happy with trading down, especially when there are going to be teams that reach over the Giants for a QB. Metalhead Scott? Dokken? Ironmaiden? Judas Priest? Would like to see the Scott 86′ mullet.

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  14. Licht has proven he’s a fool in the draft. No more creative ideas from Licht. Quit trying to outsmart everyone. Its failed already multiple times. Do the predictable things and get it right. Lean on your new Head Coach. He knows a hell of a lot more about football than Licht ever will.

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  15. With all the lying happening during “Lying Season”, I find it useful to look at the past drafts. Recent history has shown it’s a QB early and often, even when they aren’t consesus top 10 players…

    2018 – Mayfield #1, Darnold #3, Allen #7, Rosen #10 last year. Teams traded up for Darnold, Allen and Rosen, but Mayfield shocked everyone at #1 overall.
    2017 – Trubisky #2, Mahomes #10, Watson #12. Teams traded up for all 3. Trubisky was the shocker.
    2016 – Goff #1, Wentz #2. Huge trades to move up and get both players. Neither player reminded anyone of Andrew Luck or Peyton Manning.
    2015 – Winston #1, Mariota #2. No trades.

    QB’s go early. This year will not be an exception with a few teams needing them. Teams that might draft a QB early or move up to get one…Arizona(1st), Oakland(4th,24th,27th), NY Giants(6th, 17th), Detroit(8th), Denver(10th), Cincinatti(11th), Miami(12th) and Washington(15th).

    Bucs should stay put and Nick Bosa, Josh Allen or Quinnen Williams will fall into their laps.

    Trading down seems to be a great idea as long as it yields a massive bounty, but who has a bounty to offer?

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  16. So we read where BA’s five No.1 draft picks haven’t panned out yet. I hate to be negative, but if you add his draft acumen to Licht’s, this year’s draft could be the worst yet.
    Someone put in an emergency call to Bill Polian, quick.

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  17. McCoy’s worth 2 first round picks, 2 second round picks and a pro bowl player.

    Just kidding.

    The Bucs will likely get something closer to what the Dolphins got for Robert Quinn from the Cowboys…A 6th rounder. And that is only if he agrees to take a smaller deal with his new team. You fellow Bucs fans who keep leaning on McCoys 6 pro bowls are a laugh riot.

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  18. Too much value in this draft to trade up. The Bucs should sit still and let this draft come to them. All signs point to some QB trade activity in the Top 4. Arizona is going to take QB Kyler Murray. There are already bids on the table for QB Josh Rosen. The Patriots are in hot pursuit. The 49ers are going to take Bosa. Jets GM Mccagnan is waving flags out front of his building saying his #3 pick is for sale. Somebody is going to buy. Gruden and the Raiders are shopping QB Derek Carr contrary to what is being said. Gruden is erratic so nobody knows what he will do. What we do know is that he can’t pick two players with one pick. If the Bucs sit tight, they will get a valued player at #5.

    WalterFootball, Chad Reuter/NFL.com, and CBSSports/White have the Bucs taking DE/OLB Josh Allen. Drafttek.com and Draftsite.com have Quinnen Williams available at #5. The Giants could trade up 1 to ensure they get their QB of choice and the Bucs could take DT Ed Oliver who had a terrific pro day and got a private visit with the Bucs. Luke Easterling has the Bucs trading down and getting a 2nd and a 3rd and a 2020 1st round pick. What point am I making here? The Bucs are in a can’t lose position at #5, they should stay there!

    Now for DT Gerald McCoy. One way or the other McCoy is going to be restructured, traded, or cut. This must happen on or before draft night. The Bucs have 2.7mil in cap space and will need projected 9mil for the rookie draft pool. Aside from the draft, I keep thinking the Jets. The Jets are moving to 4-3 defense under new coach Adam Gase. They will need an experienced 4-3 DT. Then there is this ILB Darron Lee thing that is out there of which It’s been reported that the Bucs are interested in. The Bucs have a relationship with the Jets. Todd Bowles was Jets HC last year and came in with GM Maccagnan. I’m connecting dots here, but there’s enough sh!t here, there’s gotta be a pony somewhere! Lol. This or something like it will happen. Go Bucs!

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    • Want to keep it real with my PR brothers. I said that DT Gerald McCoy must be dealt with on or before draft night. That is not quite true. The money for the rookie pool need only be there when each rookie signs his contract, not when he is drafted. That could be as long as a couple of months after the draft. So there is some time the Bucs will have after the draft. Just wanted to clear that up and demonstrate that I have cracked the code on the Reply Button. lol.

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  19. I sincerely hope the Bucs Brass read PR, because trading McCoy to get Williams is a genius move.

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  20. Who knows what goes on in the mind of Mr. “5-11 Twice in a Row GM” Licht … really, who knows? ???

    but if I were a GM and I was thinking of trading away a very capable but aging and expensive player, I’d be talking him UP instead of talking him down. If acting “meh” about a six time Pro Bowler is designed to somehow improve your negotiating position, well, that is a new one.

    But hey, maybe that kind of thinking IS what produces the worst W-L record of any Bucs GM since the days when Hugh Culverhouse was running the place into the ground.

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  21. Don’t think they will just waive McCoy. He will likely get 5th or 6th rd at least. I’m not big on the moving up scenario we need picks. Unless this guy is the next Aaron Donald doesn’t make much sense to me. I admit I’m not an expert on college players and draft leave that up to the Bucs staff. Lol. Lots great players staying at 5 and take what can get for McCoy and move on.

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  22. I like McCoy but he’s not worth 13 million to the Bucs or any other team. No one is going to give him 13 million this is the Dilemma the Bucs have found themselves in either the Bucs are going to have to pay him 13 million or share his salary with another team Jason and the great Bruce Arians found this out this weekend that’s why there’s a silence

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  23. Great evaluation of Q Williams, Scott! I just don’t see anybody willing to trade for McCoy when everybody in the league knows the Bucs will likely need to cut him so that we can sign all of our upcoming draft picks. McCoy won’t get anywhere near $13 mil / yr at 31 yrs old. I can see him maybe topping out at $10-$11 mil per year on a 1-2 year deal, 3 years at the most, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he only got $8-$9 million.

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  24. I don’t think we should trade up, but if we did, why wouldn’t we take Bosa at two?

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  25. niners wud have to KNOW haskins was going third

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  26. If I had a dollar for every scenario SR has sold me on. Dagnabit I agree with this one too!

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  27. Fab 1 and Fab 2

    There are a lot of cliches that apply here. “Go for the gold!” “Strike while the iron is hot!” Arians has said in so many words that you should go for the best when you have the fifth pick. You must take advantage of the opportunity to get your premiere player. Then you must plan on never having the opportunity again.

    By all means the Buccaneers should trade up for Quinnen Williams if we can.
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    Go Bucs !!!!!!!

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  28. My first remarks here today stand upon the premise that Q Williams is considered to be the player of the decade. If you truly believe that Williams (or J Allen or N Bosa) is that premiere guy then you should be willing to trade up!

    I don’t know that to be the case. My personal preferences align with the thinking of macabee. He has stated the situation very well.

    I see the Bucs in a win-win situation. They will have to work overtime to blow it this year. I am depending on Arians and Licht working together well. I remain exceedingly optimistic that we will have a great draft this time.
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    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!

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  29. According to the pick value chart there would be 900 points to trade up to the 49ers – this would require all of the Bucs’ picks without trading GMC. Is he worth 900 points – Bucs’ 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 picks?

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  30. That doesn’t make any sense at all. Trading away Mccoy just to move up a few spots when we will already get a fantastic defender at #5??? No way. If anything we will trade Mccoy for more picks and to get more players to beef up our defense not less picks or for less players.
    For our 3-4 defensive scheme if Mccoy is gone, we already have a good set defensive line with Vita Vea playing nose tackle, Jason Pierre-Paul at defensive end and Carl Nassib at the other defensive end. Quinen Williams is a great player but is not worth it to the bucs trading up to get him. If Quinen Williams was gone at #5 and we wanted another nose guard or defensive tackle, we would just draft Ed Oliver.
    Most likely in the draft we will use our #5 spot to our advantage in the draft and see what team wants it so bad they would give up their #1 pick and their #2 round pick. If a team is willing to do that, we would bank in on our high draft selections adding talent to our team. If a team doesn’t give us an offer we can’t refuse, we should take Josh Allen if he falls to #5. He might be the best player in the draft and we could use him off the edge and play outside linebacker for us, a position we will need in a 3-4 defense. If Josh Allen is gone, then we draft the highest valued player that will fit for our team. (I’d be happy with any of Nick Bosa, Devin White, Montez Sweat, Rashad Gary, Greedy Williams, or Quinen Willaims)
    There is a lot of talent in this draft, especially for defense. The bucs could also draft a good linebacker in later rounds of the draft 3rd-6th round with Ty summers from TCU who could play on all our special teams and work well with our 3-4 defense.
    We have some difficult decisions to make due to our salary cap situation. If we are going to trade any of our players, it should be for more draft picks.

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  31. So if you go with Rich Hill’s draft value chart which is a more modern representation of the Jimmy Johnson draft value chart patspulpit.com/2017/4/23/15398184/2017-nfl-draft-creating-a-brand-new-nfl-draft-value-trade-chart you’ll see the 2nd overall pick valued at 717.17 and 5th overall pick rated at 467.81. Meaning a trade up of the 5th and McCoy for the 2nd means that the 49ers would value 31 year old Gerald McCoy who is making 13 million and coming off a season where he didn’t make the pro bowl somewhere between the 22nd and 23rd pick in the draft (249.36).

    To Scott and any wishful Bucs fan out there, NO GM in the league believes Gerald McCoy is worth the 23rd pick in the draft. If the Bucs could have acquired anything close to a 1st round pick for Gerald McCoy he would’ve been traded in ANY of the past 3 seasons that such a pick was offered. Someone needs to check on John Lynch because Scott’s trade assumes that Jason Licht has John Lynch trapped in a basement somewhere and will only let him go if his demands are met. It’s incredibly out of touch with any actual value Gerald McCoy has, which is likely a little lower than the 69th pick the Bucs sent the Giants for JPP (71.38, minus 4.32 pts for the improved 4th round pick they received going up from 108 to 102 making it 67.06).

    So in short Scott believes that Gerald McCoy is worth 3.7 times more in draft value at 31 years of age than JPP was worth at 29 years of age with a similar contract. Great Fab 1 Scott. Next let me know how we can trade the ghost of Roberto Aguayo to the Cowboys for Tyron Smith as I hear they could use an “upgrade” at kicker.

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  32. Ed Oliver is just as good as Williams. Might even be more disruptive at the point of attack. Trade McCoy to move up into the later portion of the 1st round. Just a thought.

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  33. @devasher Exactamundo! Well thought out argument. It’s really wishful thinking and very creative wheeling and dealing by Scott in Fab 1, but I agree with you that value simply isn’t there.

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  34. Yikes! Arians had a scary lack of success with first round picks. Licht has a scarier lack of success with 2nd round picks!

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  35. Can always tell when getting close to draft day. So many thoughtful contingencies, This year is more complicated because we are sitting at 5 with several need positions and serious cap problems. To compound problem we have a new coaching staff that seems serious about a 3-4 defense. IMO we should 1)Not trade up. As much as I like GMC either he takes a huge cut in pay or we move on. Problem with trade is his $13mil price tag so unless (Like in Mac’s scenario) you find a team with big Cap space and a need for a veteran, Cut him. 2) Stay at 5 and get a Defensive Starter. There will be a Top pick at five and because of the uncertain QB situation There is no reason to trade down and chance taking less to get extra picks. 3) I believe that there are players on this team that have not been utilized to their best ability nor coached to their maximum capabilities. I agree with those who say our best FA and Draft Pick combined is BA and his crew.
    Now I could be wrong, but what I have seen so far and without a crystal ball and certainly without the expertise to run a Professional Football Team, I am reasonably confident the Bucs will show much improvement this year and by that I am talking WINS.

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  36. The posters who bring up the trade value chart is right. But you don’t need a trade value chart to figure this one out. All of you know that a trade is not a simplex transaction, it is a duplex transaction meaning it takes two. Go to the other end of the transaction and now you’re the Bucs with the 2nd pick in the draft.

    Would you really trade down for a 31 year old DT whose own team says that his performance is starting to slip and his 13 million dollar contract and leave Bosa and Quinnen Williams, the player you so richly covet, on the board with no further compensation? Of course not! And the 49ers won’t either. GM John Lynch had his wisdom questioned when he paid 13.5mil for a LB coming off an ACL injury. No way would he make that trade and you wouldn’t either if the Bucs were sitting at #2.

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  37. We’d be lucky to find anyone wanting to trade for an aging McCoy along with his contract.

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  38. If we trade up and don’t take 1 of Bosa or Allen we are the dumbest franchise in the NFL. You could come back and get a Dre’mont Jokes in R2. The DT class is deep as all hell. No reason to spend capital to move up and draft one. Smh. Emphatic no.

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  39. Lynch is smart and he wouldn’t do that kind of a deal for the Bucs to move up to number to pay only give up McCoy.
    Gerald better wake up real quick and take a pay cut with the Bucs.

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  40. The value for McCoy at 31 with a 13mil salary is nowhere near that high. 3 slots at the very top of the draft, no chance. I agree there might be a chance to get rid of him and a second to move into the back end of the first. That I could envision. Three spots in the top of the first is just too much.

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  41. I’m sure Arians had a hand in helping Draft in Arizona but all you haters are acting like he hand picked all those 1st Round picks… I know you know better than that…

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  42. Every year folks draw up these “never gonna happen” scenarios in which we “package” a group of unwanted players and low Draft picks thinking we’re going to get something of value in return. Of course back in the early years we were often the victims of such moves. The trade for Steve Spurrier. The trade for Wally Chambers. The trade for the “Throwin Samoan”. The trade for Booker Reece. The trade for Chris Chandler. Remembering those Draft debacles will make one’s stomach turn.

    Only once did someone make a bonehead move that benefited us. The first round pick for QB Craig Erikson. What were the Colts thinking? Sure would be nice to reenact 1995 with a similar trade down with the Eagles that got us #99 and the trade back up that landed #55. Thank you Richie McKay and Sam Wyche.

    I suspect we sit at #5 and take a wait and see approach. That Mike Greenberg Excel scenario spread sheet is going to come in handy when we’re on the clock. Going to be interesting.

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  43. If the Buccaneer brain trust sees Quinnen Williams in the same light as Brett Kohlman then they will be willing to trade up to take him. (Watch ‘Built By Bama’ in Fab 2, Williams is Worth Pursuing.) Kohlman says that Williams is the player of the half-decade. He compares him to Aaron Donald of course. Thus it would be a no brainer to trade up and maybe pay a king’s ransom for him.

    On the other hand if our brain trust sees Williams this way what makes us think that no other team with a top four pick will not also see him that way too. It is hard to imagine that all four will pass on him and he will fall to us at the fifth pick. It is also unlikely that they would be willing to pass on Williams and trade with us.

    Therefore I am not betting on us being able to land Williams. I see us as having a good shot at Josh Allen with our pick at five. If the consensus big three are all gone I pray that we are able to trade down. I don’t see anyone else as worthy of a top five pick.

    Of course anything can happen. That it what makes the draft so much fun. It automatically riles up great debates.
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  44. Excellent fab five Scott. You thought of a scenario that probably most had not even considered. The trick is is if the 49ers would go for it.

    But I also appreciated in your draft best bet what is your discussing players that might fall to the second or even third round. Anyway, nice job

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  45. You’re one thinking’s this, Scott. No way the 49ers make this trade. The whole league understands GMC is on the downward track.

    Not even sure I like it other than to unload his salary. Maybe worth combining him with other players and draft picks in a trade down. If we get a 5th or 6th rounder for him we should go for it.

    I think we take best D line player at 5, especially if QB hungry teams jump in front of us and one of the Big 3 – Bosa, Allen, Q. Williams is available. Each of those guys will be day 1 starters and potential pro bowlers.

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  46. Don’t see Lynch making this trade, but then again I didn’t see anyone paying $13.5 mil/year for a LB with questionable tackling abilities coming off a serious knee injury either so…

    I think it’s far more likely one of the “big 3” falls to us at 5 or we trade down and get one of the Devins. With GMC’s value where it is, maybe we use him to trade up in the 2nd, 3rd, or later rounds but finding someone to pay $13mil/year for an aging and declining player will be tough.

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  47. Why can’t Licht ever trade down and just draft a player with the extra pick?

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  48. He’s done that and it hasn’t worked out that well… (VH3 and Vita Vea)

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  49. Why does everyone keep reporting that William Gholston is the starting 5 technique? Carl Nassib is almost the same size with a better skill set at 6’7″ 275 lbs (Gholston 6’6″ 280). In run support, I feel like Nassib would be better to drop down at 5 technique. I don’t think Shaquille Barrett was signed to ride the pine after serving as a quality back-up for several years in Denver.

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