The trade of Darrelle Revis has left the Buccaneers without a 1st round draft pick for the first time since Mark Dominik has become general manager.
While the odds would have the Bucs not moving back into the 1st round for a player, Mark Dominik has proven that he is willing to trade up and get a player he is targeting if that player gets to within striking distance.
In Mark Dominik’s 1st year as general manager, he traded a 6th round selection to move up 2 slots to secure Josh Freeman as his first selection as a general manager.
Last year, Mark Dominik was extremely active. First, he traded back a couple of spots and gained a 4th round pick while still drafting Mark Barron. He then traded up from the 2nd to the end of the 1st to draft Doug Martin. After that, he traded up from the 3rd to the end of the 3rd round to secure Lavonte David.
While it will cost Dominik more to trade back into the first round this year than last year because of the lower 2nd round pick, if the right player starts to slide, expect Dominik to be aggressive in trying to trade up for that player.
The question on everyone’s mind is, “who is that player?”
Here are some players the Bucs might try to trade into the 1st round to select if they start to slide on draft day:
Tyler Eifert – TE – Notre Dame – The Bucs need a tight end that can be a difference maker, but also be a reliable outlet for Josh Freeman. Eifert has all of the characteristics of a tight end that can be that. What I like most about Eifert is his ability to go get the ball at its highest point and catch with his soft hands. The teams to watch will be the Miami Dolphins (12) and New York Jets (13). If he gets past those picks, he might slide to the bottom of the 1st round.
Sheldon Richardson/Sharrif Floyd/Star Lotulelei – DTs – I seriously doubt any of these players will slide that far on draft night, but I had a fan asking me to write about them, so I am. Late rumors actually do have Sharrif Floyd falling a little bit, but it is just hard for me to see any of these 3 defensive tackles falling to the end of the 1st round. If any of them do, it would be of Mark Dominik’s benefit to trade the Bucs 2nd and possibly one or both 4th round picks to move up and nab whichever falls.
Sylvester Williams – DT – North Carolina – This defensive tackle makes a lot more sense. Williams is a big defensive tackle who can naturally play the nose. He was recruited by Butch Davis at North Carolina and is still growing as a football player. Williams was not recruited out of high school, and after thinking about quitting football, he went to junior college and excelled. He was recruited by many top end schools, but ultimately chose to join Butch Davis at North Carolina. Williams size makes him a natural at nose tackle, but he is still a raw player who needs to work on his technique.
Tank Carradine – DE – Florida St. – I still believe that Carradine can be as good as anyone in this draft at rushing the passer. Before his torn ACL in 2012, Carradine was on the fast track to a high 1st round selection. His recent pro day has helped his stock a little, but teams might still be weary of his torn ACL. It is possible that Carradine might have to start his NFL career on the PUP list. I find it hard to believe that the Bucs would invest that many draft picks to trade up and select a player with a hurt knee after just trading for Revis and his hurt knee.
DJ Hayden – CB – Houston – After hearing Mike Mayock speak on the NFL Network tonight, it appears that he believes Hayden might be a top 10 pick. Hayden has as impressive film as any corner in this draft, but the torn vein in his heart that he had repaired after a collision in practice has teams wondering about his recovery. This might be too big a risk for the Bucs to trade up for, but it could be very intriguing at the same time if Hayden comes back fully healthy. With Eric Wright already in the fold, Hayden wouldn’t have to step in and contribute immediately, giving him ample time to fully heal.
Jarvis Jones – OLB – Georgia – I know that Greg Schiano has been very vocal behind the scenes about the Bucs need for another linebacker to add depth and possibly start at strongside backer. Jarvis Jones has as good of film as any player in this draft, but health concerns and a lack of elite measurables could have him slide a bit like Courtney Upshaw from a year ago. Jones has the ability to play strongside linebacker on run downs, while being able to rush the passer in passing situations.
DJ Fluker – OT – Alabama – This is another player who probably won’t fall, but a fan asked me to write about him. Actually, Fluker is getting a lot of run right now as possibly going as a top 10 pick. Of course, it is smokescreen season! Fluker is a right tackle who is a mauler in the run game, but does not have elite quickness. His extremely long arms will assist him against speed rushers off the edge by not allowing them a quick path to the quarterback. I would love for the Bucs to get a player like Fluker at right tackle, but I’m doubting he’ll fall far enough to get within striking distance.
Bjoern Werner – DE – Florida St. – Werner has been a guy who received a lot of hype early in this process, but his lack of elite characteristics will have him going in the late 1st or early 2nd round. Werner is an effort guy who is not the fastest or strongest player on the field, but gets the job done. With the Bucs already having a couple of effort defensive ends in Adrian Clayborn and DaQuan Bowers, I don’t think Werner would be the guy they mortgage picks to trade up and draft.
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