According to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are “very interested” in running back Trent Richardson, and would possibly move up to number three to draft him. This report comes at an interesting time, just hours before the draft commences.
The Cleveland Plain-Dealer cites league sources, and the report states that the Minnesota Vikings are “fielding trade offers” for the number three pick, and would be interested in trading down. The New York Jets at No. 16 are also reportedly interested in Trent Richardson, but the word is that they aren’t willing to pay that steep a price to move up to No. 3.
Mark Dominik has stated that the Bucs won’t trade up in this year’s draft, and that they are content with where they are at. Of course, this just makes the Plain-Dealer’s report a little more interesting. Moreover, Dominik hasn’t ruled out trading down if the right offer arises.
The Bucs’ interest in Trent Richardson is no secret. He is the best running back in the draft and Tampa Bay is looking for another running back to complement LeGarrette Blount. The Cleveland Browns are another team interested in Richardson at No. 4, which is why teams would probably have to trade up to No. 3 to secure Richardson. Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin will go at one and two respectively.
Another interesting aspect is that ESPNCleveland’s Tony Grossi strongly believes that the Browns will select Richardson if he falls to them, while the Plain-Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot believes the Browns will select Justin Blackmon at No. 4.
The speculation continues, and there appears to be a lot of smoke-screening going on right before the draft. However, all the speculation will end soon, and we will find out who ends up where. It should be fun, exciting, and entertaining.
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