Should the Bucs trade down in the coming draft?

by Gary Shelton on March 25, 2018 · 6 comments

in general, NFL, Tampa Bay Bucs, Tampa Bay Rays


Is there value at the seventh spot for Licht, Bucs?

Saturday, 4 a.m.

The more you think about it, the more the prospect of trading down makes sense for the Tampa Bay Bucs. 1) The top six seem set with three quarterbacks, Saquon Barkley, Bradley Chubb and Quenton Nelson. 2) According to most mocks, that puts the highest grades on safeties Derwin James and Minkah Fitzpatrick. 3) The Bucs just invested a No. 2 draft pick in a safety a year ago. 4) They lack a No. 3 draft pick. That means that could move backward a few slots, maybe still get a defensive back, and recoup their No. 3 pick.

— I see where Martellus Bennett said that “Willie Wonka is like my Michael Jordan.” I suppose that makes Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman his Umpa Loopahs.

— Objectivity is a wonderful thing. I love impartiality. I despise homerism. On the other hand, go Sister Jean.

— Don’t you love a 98 year-old-nun who thinks of Dick Vitale as “that young kid.”

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— When Joe Thomas was trying to grow into an offensive tackle, he said he’d take a whole loaf of bread and make it into peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. He’d eat half a sandwich with a glass of milk every half hour. Before bed, he’d eat an entire sleeve of Thin Mints with two glasses of milk. Despite the fuel, he still was on a team that went 1-31 his last two years.

— suggests that, among five trades that NFL teams should get, the Bucs make an offer for New England’s Mike Gillislee. However, it also defines Gillislee as a “plodding, goal-line back.” Gee. How much are those going for these days?

— Michael Bennett, one who got away, is being investigated for shoving a 66-year paraplegic woman to the ground so he could rush the field at the Super Bowl. Gee. How proud must the Eagles feel?

— The Eagles, by the way, have just introduced a proposal to make opposing offensive lines  start 66-year-old women paraplegics at left tackle.

— I like Geno Auriemma, but do you think he ever gets tired of winning battles against generals with no armies?

— In their search for a backup quarterback, the Dolphins have gone from Jay Cutler to Brock Osweiler. In the trade, this is known as “trading up.”

— But not by much.

— It isn’t too much to ask that next year’s Bucs pay the price. Not considering how much the team will be paid. Of course, the Bucs could lose some of these salaries, but right now, six players are scheduled to make more than $10,000,000, eight will make from $5,000,000 to $9.999,999. and six from $2,500,000 to $4,999,999. Remember, the franchise itself cost only $16,000,000.

— Johnny Manziel says he’s tired of the comparisons to Colin Kaepernick, but isn’t in inevitable? Kaepernick has led a nation to think. Manziel has led his to drink.

— I find it amusing that my buddies at the Orlando Sentinel are arm-wrestling over who should be on the Orlando Magic’s all-time Mount Rushmore? Mount Rushmore? The Magic don’t deserve a speed bump.

— Speaking of Orlando, the talk continues about the Knights mythical “national championship” from a year ago. I thought that would have ended when the team had its parade, riding through the streets of Narnia on their unicorns while Hobbits cheered.

— If the late Wayne Huizenga isn’t returned to the earth on time, will there be a late charge?

— Bleacher Report says that the Raiders signing of Doug Martin could end up being one of the duds of the off-season. Which, of course, would keep Martin’s streak alive.

— Quick quiz: The Tampa Bay Bucs’ players most likely to appear in Bill Polian’s new spring league: 1) Roberto Aguayo; 2. Vernon Hargreaves; 3. Doug Martin; 4. Josh Freeman.

— Okay, guys. Acknowledging that you’re smarter than I am, who do you like in the draft if the Bucs stay put? Minkah Fitzpatrick or Derwin James?

— A shame to see the Braves cut Scott Kazmir, but give Kaz credit. He pitched for about four years after he was done.



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Cecil DeBald March 25, 2018 at 9:21 am

Is it just me, or have you noticed that every time a “national” sports column or website suggests trades that should be made, the end result is smaller, or regional teams end up with the short end of the stick?

Minka I think only because the Buc’s secondary always seems in flux to me, and Minka has more versatility.



Gary Shelton March 25, 2018 at 10:27 am

I have noticed that. The national media seems to assume that small markets are minor leagues for bigger ones. I love mock drafts where a better player is slotted in with the big teams no matter who drafts first.

When I was started out, in small newspapers in the South, I would notice that AP’s national “roundups” almost always started with New York teams, no matter who was hot or who was in first place. Even now, when there is trade speculation, it is as if the publication expects the small market team to give away it’s star. (With the Ray, that often happens).


Larry Beller March 25, 2018 at 8:44 am

I don’t know who the Bucs should pic but trading down makes a lot of sense. The Bucs need multiple players for depth and to replace mediocre starters from last year. Trading down gives them a chance to stockpile more quality players on the roster.

Did you see the Police commissioner called Michael Bennett morally bankrupt for his actions that lead to the warrant for his arrest? Of course we know the lawyers will get him off with a slap on the wrist. It’s a shame clowns like that get paid so much money when they don’t deserve 1 second of the fame or 1 tenth of fortune they get.


Gary Shelton March 25, 2018 at 10:29 am

I agree with you about the Bucs. I generally don’t like trading down, but there doesn’t seem to be a match for the greater needs (running back, corner, defensive line).

I did see that about Bennett. Now, we can agree that’s a knucklehead. Still, it took a long time for him to come to trial. An officer on the scene didn’t make an arrest. There seems to be some problems with the case. Agree?


Larry Beller March 25, 2018 at 2:25 pm

I only know what I read in the paper yesterday which said a grand jury indicted Bennett and charged him with a felony for pushing down a paraplegic woman and injuring her. He also pushed others and refused to heed the officer’s request to stop. The woman suffered a sprained shoulder.

He will have his day in court or the attorneys will plead it out. Sounds pretty bad don’t you think?


Gary Shelton March 25, 2018 at 2:54 pm

It doesn’t sound good. Even if Bennett skirts, which celebrities tend to do in this society, he’ll forever be thought of as a bad guy. The questions I raised were about Houston getting a conviction, not the damage to his rep. Add in the incident with the Vegas cops (which he seems to have lied about), and he isn’t the same funny defensive end he used to be.

But, yeah, I’d say it’s bad.


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