Price Down On Trading Up?March 30th, 2014
Joe’s drained by speculation of what the Bucs might have to cough up in order to trade up in the 2014 NFL Draft.
What Tampa Bay actually would have to give up is pure guesswork. There are no rules. If Jeff Fisher and the Rams, at No. 2 overall, simply want to swap first round picks and get the Bucs’ second round pick, then there’s no reason that can’t happen. The market will set the price.
Yes, Joe would be pleased to see the Bucs trade up for a decent price so they could snag a top flight quarterback prospect like Johnny Football or Teddy Bridgewater.
Fisher himself spoke on the subject at the NFL Owners Meetings last week. He doesn’t see an RGIII-like ransom on the horizon, referring to the Rams’ blockbuster trade-down in 2012.
“But I think it’s highly unlikely that even if we did trade out that would we get the value that we did the first time around,” Fisher said.
Each draft has its own personality and that one was highlighted by the presence of two elite quarterbacks in Griffin and Stanford’s Andrew Luck. Those players were highly coveted because of their position.
This year’s draft offers no similar alternatives, though it is considered a deep draft from top to bottom. The lack of clear-cut franchise quarterbacks combined with the depth of the draft means teams are less likely to give up a bounty as the Redskins did to acquire Griffin.
“This draft is unique in that I think you’re going to get players in the middle part of the third round that potentially could start, and start very early for you,” Fisher said. “It really depends on the positions, but there will be a lot of teams excited about who they have acquired in the first couple rounds because it’s such a deep draft.”
The alleged depth of talent in this draft makes trading up or down more intriguing than usual; It sure makes it painful to lose a high second-round pick, but it likely also lowers the total bounty to trade up.
Joe’s been keeping track of the Rams’ desires for months. Fisher has said multiple times that he’s fired up to have quarterback Sam Bradford enter the season healthy and reap the benefits of his fourth year in the same offensive system, an NFL rarity. A recent story by the Post-Dispatch pegs the Rams as most eager for a blue chip offensive lineman and secondary help, not a quarterback or a receiver.
Given that there are a few stout offensive tackles available, Joe can’t imagine how Fisher wouldn’t be eager to pull the trigger on a deal to trade down.
Joe doesn’t want to see the Bucs do anything outrageous, but when you need a quarterback who has the potential to compete with Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Cam Newton every year, you can’t be afraid to move swiftly.