The Buccaneers are on the move. That, at least is the word churning out of the NFL Draft rumor mill this morning.
Via ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who cites a single unnamed source, the Bucs are looking to move out of the 19th spot in the first round of the draft.
Buccaneers are talking with at least three teams about moving back in 1st round, and maybe even out of first round altogether, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 26, 2017
For the Buccaneers, a potential move of this nature really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
For starters, the Bucs are not in dire need of help at any one particular position. As general manager Jason Licht said recently, they’re a team in a position to take the best player available, so they have flexibility.
Second, Licht has never been afraid to make bold moves in and out of his designated draft slots. A year ago, for example, Licht traded down in the first round and still got the player he wanted at No. 11, cornerback Vernon Hargreaves.
He later traded back up into the second round to get kicker Roberto Aguayo, and while that move is still being questioned, it speaks to Licht’s willingness to take chances and make moves.
It’s quite possible that with reports of players such as running back Dalvin Cook, defensive tackle Caleb Brantley and safety Jabrill Peppers all falling the Bucs see the potential to get some value in this draft.
By trading down and adding more picks, the Bucs increase their chances of taking advantage of the depth of this draft and as they proved a year ago, they still could get the player they were targeting all along.
On the other hand, these are all just rumors. No one is putting his name behind these reports, so it’s quite possible this is all pre-draft bluster. We’ll just have to wait and see which one it is.