Shaky 2012 Tight End Class Forced Stocker PickMarch 1st, 2012
While Joe’s pretty confident productive and cost-friendly Kellen Winslow will return to the Bucs in 2012, Joe’s now wondering about Winslow’s potential trade value.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, and other scribes, have written about how the 2012 class of free agent tight ends is weak along with this year’s draft class of tight ends.
Even rockstar general manager Mark Dominik isn’t impressed by the TEs out there in the draft, so much so that he recently told Movin’ the Chains on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he made the bold move and forked over a fourth round pick in 2011 and 2012 to the Eagles to draft Luke Stocker last year because this year’s crop is so thin.
“So last year, that’s why we traded up to get Luke Stocker, because we didn’t feel like this year’s draft class was going to be a great tight end draft class,” Dominik said. “You always try to forecast forward what are the strenghts and weaknesses of the next year’s draft class. That’s really why we went and got Luke Stocker last year.”
So Joe has to wonder, with good tight ends tough to find now, whether Dominik might sniff the market’s interest in a trade for Winslow. He might fetch a second- or third-round pick.
If the Bucs score a legitimate No. 1 receiver in free agency and commit to pounding the running game, like Greg Schiano claims he wants to do, all of a sudden Winslow doesn’t seem as a valuable.