Would A Trade Down Blow Up Revis Trade?April 20th, 2013
The cool thing about the upcoming draft, a three-day event which begins Thursday night, is there are so many options for the Bucs.
The Bucs, of course, could draft a corner, as many expect. The Bucs could justify drafting a defensive lineman at No. 13. Some think the Bucs will draft an offensive tackle, and the psychotic Bucs fans, apparently having no clue what offense the Bucs run or the makeup of the roster or how the salary cap works, are deranged enough to believe Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik will go all Matt Millen and draft a slot receiver, this Tavon Austin.
And there’s always the possibility, the elephant in the room, that Dominik will send the No. 13 pick to the Jets for corner Darrelle Revis. But what happens if the Bucs trade down in the first round? That thought was thrown out by Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.
In fact, more than one mock draft has the Bucs taking Austin at No. 13. That seems unlikely considering their needs at cornerback, defensive tackle, tight end and offensive line, but the threat may work in their favor.
If Minnesota or some other team wants Austin that badly the Bucs could benefit by moving down and adding an extra early-round pick that could possibly be included in a package for Revis.
Though they appear willing to surrender the 13th overall pick in a trade for Revis, the Bucs would still rather hold that pick and get Revis for a package of second- and third-round selections or a package of 2014 picks.
If Dominik has a pattern with the draft, it is his wont to move around like a fantasy footballer after three Bud Lights. Dominik has traded up in the draft to land quarterback Josh Freeman, and last year showed he was some sort of a riverboat gambler, trading down in the first round to pick safety Mark Barron, then trading back up in the first round to get running back Doug Martin and trading up into the second round (from the third round) to grab linebacker Lavonte David.
If Dominik feels there is a corner late in the first round he could draft by trading with, say, Minnesota, which has two late first round picks, the Bucs could get Desmond Trufant or D.J. Hayden or Johnthan Banks.
What then, Jets general John Idzik, will you do?