Trading Up For … Morris ClaiborneApril 26th, 2012
Bucs fans might want to be sure not to spend the early minutes of tonight’s NFL Draft chattering with the pizza guy or in the men’s room at Pete & Shorty’s, so says BSPN draft analyst and former NFL offensive linemen Mark Schlereth.
Schlereth, sporting his three Super Bowl rings, believes the Bucs might get “cold feet” with the fifth overall pick and trade up to the Minnesota Vikings at No. 3 to draft Morris Claiborne.
That’s right. Claiborne.
Schlereth told WHBO-AM 1040 host Tom Krasniqi yesterday that he believes the smoke coming out of Minnesota is a calculated mission by the Vikings to get the Bucs to trade up. Schlereth is of the mind that Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier is drooling over what he’s seen on tape of Claiborne and the Bucs will have a similar grade and feeling.
It’s yet another interesting scenario to consider.
On the Trent Richardson front, Schlereth said he firmly believes any team can grab a successful back in later rounds or off the street with the right offensive line in front of him. However, Schlereth thinks that’s a dumb argument to make against drafting Richardson, who Schlereth thinks would simply be that much more effective than the next guy in the same system.