Unless Sanchez Falls, Forget Him

April 9th, 2009

Pat "Vacation Man" Yasinskas, of ESPN.com, says it's too costly for the Bucs to trade up and grab USC quarterback Mark Sanchez

Vacation Man of BSPN.com is on the job of late, doing his best to figure out what the Bucs will do in the draft.

One thing he has concluded is that unless USC quarterback Mark Sanchez slips to No. 19, don’t expect the Bucs to trade up.

In short, says Vacation Man, the Bucs can’t afford it.

But moving up to get Sanchez isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds. I was just crunching some numbers over on the draft-pick value chart and any move the Bucs could make to get in a position to draft Sanchez would be costly — maybe more costly than they can afford.

Even if the Bucs had their second-round pick, which went to Cleveland in a trade for tight end Kellen Winslow, they wouldn’t have enough ammunition to jump into the top 10. But that’s a moot point. If the Bucs packaged their first- and third-round picks, they might barely have enough to move up to about the No. 15 slot.

They’d better hope Sanchez goes into a freefall, but I don’t see that happening. Yeah, you could throw in some other hypothetical scenarios that might get the Bucs into the top 10 — like trading this year’s first- and third-round picks along with a couple later picks and maybe a player (tight end Alex Smith might be the most marketable thing the Bucs have and that’s not much). Or you could even talk about throwing in next year’s second-round pick.

Joe would love to see Sanchez fall, and it might happen if, as expected, there is a run on offensive lineman. It’s difficult to see Sanchez getting past the Jets, though.

One Response to “Unless Sanchez Falls, Forget Him”

  1. Mr Lucky Says:

    Hey maybe if someone slips some weed into his next urine sample Sanchez falls to 19? NOT!