Bucs Should Trade Down In Draft

December 4th, 2009

Anyone who has watched the Bucs sparingly this season knows the Bucs have more holes to fill than a standard honeycomb.

With the season in such disarray, it’s not too early to take a peek at next spring’s NFL draft. If the Bucs continue their losing ways, they will pick no worse than third in the first round.

Vacation Man of BSPN.com knows all too well of the Bucs problems. Because of that, he is of the mind the Bucs should trade down, potentially passing on an opportunity to land coveted defensive tackles such as Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy.

If the Bucs have the No. 1 pick and someone else really wants a quarterback, they might be willing to jump up. That’s a scenario the Bucs, a team with a lot of building to do, would have to consider.

If they can get Suh or McCoy a few picks later and add a draft pick in a trade, they almost have to do it. And this just in for University of Florida fans: No, the Bucs won’t be taking Tim Tebow in the first round.

That’s the key. If Suh can still be had by trading down just a couple of positions, Joe is inclined to believe Mark Dominik would be smart in pulling the trigger on just such a trade.

12 Responses to “Bucs Should Trade Down In Draft”

  1. Tom Edrington Says:

    Only problem is that NO ONE wants to trade UP that high and pay all that money for an untested player…..

  2. Marlow Says:

    Trading down is a no brainer if you can still pick-up a premiere defensive lineman. Unfortunately, we do not need Tebow’s services, but I would love to have him on my team, but it would not be a logical pick.

    I am going to the game Sunday, because I live in SC. I hope we do better than that Monday Night blow-out I sat through last year getting ripped in the stands for wearing BUCS clothes.

  3. Joe Says:


    Unless someone it totally jonesing for Colt McCoy or Sam Bradford. Each year, general managers make horrible mistakes in the draft.

  4. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Just some thoughts:

    1. It’s WAY too early to talk about draft picks at this time of year. Players stocks rise and fall and with the college “playoffs” (conference championships) & BCS Bowls around the corner look for more changes.

    2. Players have a way of raising or lowering their draft value – see recent UF player Carlos Dunlap

    3. Sam Bradford is a stretch for a top 5 pick given his shoulder injury. It’s highly unlikely teams will offer that type of $ without “test driving the merchandise” – see Michael Crabtree and his foot injury

    4. Will a CBA be in place or not? That will affect many teams abilities to pay players in the draft.

  5. aldo Says:

    i will be clear, if we dont have Suh…we need Berry!!! IMO

  6. JoeBucsSteveCampbell Says:

    St. Louis and Cleveland need to go QB…so if we are sitting at #1, and they are 2 & 3…they may go jonesing for Clausen.

    Now that we are playing a 1 gap, Gerald McCoy could be a great pick. Still like Suh more, but either one of those guys is a must.

    No, on Eric Berry. He’s a ball-hawking safety…We already have that type of safety and a pretty good one in Tanard jackson.

  7. Joe Says:

    Good one Steve, forgot about Clausen.

    Joe’s got Caybrew and Rachel Watson on the brain. It’s Friday. He’s distracted.

  8. Dave Says:


    Absolutely agree. If they pick 3rd, they get what they want in the DT. They MIGHT be able to trade down if someone is willing, as long as they can get their DT.

    If they pick 1, they can trade back a couple spots, get their DT and pick up more draft picks and maybe a player. BUT those teams know Tampa does not need to draft a QB so I do not see that happening unless they think Tmapa might pick the QB and trade him to someone else for the DT later in the round and another pick (like the Eli – rivers trade)

    Anyway, i think they would be best served to win another game and pick 3rd, picking first they would be cornered with their options because so few teams want that high priced first pick.

    Anotehr reason they HAVE to install a rookie pay scale.

  9. Mark Says:

    I mean if the bucs do have the #1 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, do you really think The Glazers would want to pay that player all that money? They would have a heart attack.

    Bucs will trade down.

  10. bucsfanlostiniowa Says:

    Isn’t it a little too late to try to hold down the salaries of rookie’s. Just think of the greed factor that has all ready been created, there is no way for the owners to control the monster they have created. Greedy athletes will seek their big payday in another sport if the nfl doesn’t continue their out of control spending.

  11. Rikesh Says:

    I would draft Tebow first overall. Without a doubt. From the football stand point,Tebow brings the right attitude, work ethic, and mental toughness to the team. He DOMINATED the college sport, posting unthinkable numbers. Regardless of what position, “kind of offense”, schedule arguements you may make for his number, the fact is he posted the numbers, and during a time when we believe the sport is constantly getting faster, and more complex. From a business stand point, has there been a more talked about player in college sports? Everyone in the sports world knows who he is, and everyone practically loves the guy. How many jerseys will you sell? How many Gator fans will buy season tickets to see this guy? How little compared to other players would you be able to sign him for? Could you claimed the amounts he gives to charities seeing that its from your team to begin with? Would drafting him first overall be really be the worst draft pick of all time (Ryan Leaf?, Jamarcus Russell? Tim Couch? David Carr?) I see no real risk.

  12. Joe Says:


    Would drafting him first overall be really be the worst draft pick of all time

    In a word, “yes.”

    If any general manager drafts a guy first overall just to sell gear and maybe sell tickets, that general manager needs to be fired on the spot.

    If any owner (Wayne Weaver) drafts a player first overall just to sell gear and maybe tickets, he needs to sell his team right now.

    How many jerseys of Tim Couch — or Brady Quinn — are the Browns selling?

    You draft a guy to build a football team. No other reasons. The NFL isn’t a circus.

    The Bucs already have their quarterback of the future. If the Bucs draft Tebow, it better be for tight end or fullback. No way in God’s green earth if Suh is on the board you pass him up for a project. That’s beyond insane.