“Tampa Gets A Little Sugar”May 3rd, 2014
NFL Network full-time draft guru Daniel Jeremiah, a former scout, outlined “sensible” draft-day trades to look for next week.
Yes, the Bucs were among the premier sellers.
Speaking on Path To The Draft, Jeremiah pegged the Steelers and Bucs as willing partners.
He projects the Steelers wanting to move up to the No. 7 overall pick to draft Mike Evans, a coveted big target for filthy Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers would give the Bucs their No. 15 overall pick and perhaps a couple of draft picks. “Tampa gets a little sugar,” said Jeremiah, who speculates the Bucs would then draft wide receiver Odell Beckham at No. 15.
Jeremiah believes Beckham is a better complement to Vincent Jackson than Evans.
Joe’s first speculation would be the Bucs could command third- and sixth-round picks in return from Pittsburgh, in addition to the swap of first-round picks. But the Steelers don’t have a third-round pick this year. They’ve got a third-round compensatory pick, but those are untradeable.
Perhaps in this scenario, the Bucs could command second- and fifth-round picks from Pittsburgh and while giving the Steelers their third-round pick?
That would leave the Bucs with two second-round picks in the upper half of the second round. That’s more than enough ammunition to trade back into the first round, if desired.
Now Beckham, out of LSU, certainly is a legitimate first-round receiver. He’s got the elite speed and athleticism the Bucs claim they’re seeking at all positions.
Beckham’s a returner, too. But that so exciting. Joe has a lot of confidence in Eric Page, who is still just 22 years old and will be two years removed from ACL surgery when the 2014 season kicks off.