Analyzing Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Options for Trading Up in 2013 NFL Draft

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The trade for Darrelle Revis seemed completely necessary given that Eric Wright was the No. 1 cornerback on roster while Mark Barron and Dashan Goldson are far from elite safeties when it comes to coverage. However, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now in the unenviable position sitting out the 2013 NFL Draft‘s opening night party.

No day-one fun for a team that could certainly use instant help at a few spots.

That is, unless general manager Mark Dominik has something to say about it.

“You get a little antsy, but we’ve already gone through scenarios,” Dominik said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “Who are the guys you’d consider going to get depending on how far they drop? Here’s what it takes. We’ve gone through a lot of (debates) that way. … “We still have all our selections behind us (after the first round). We walk into this draft with seven picks still. . . I think it allows you the ammunition to be able to move around and be fluid if you want to.”

The Bucs currently hold pick No. 11 in the second round, No. 11 in the third round, No. 15 and No. 29 in the fourth round, No. 14 in round five, and No. 13 and No. 28 in round six. According to MockDraftable.com’s trade pick calculator, the Bucs’ 43rd overall (second round) and 74th overall (third round) equates roughly to the 26th overall selection, or where the Green Bay Packers select.D

Since it’s the Bucs who are trying to move up, their bid may be met somewhere lower with between 27 and 32 in return. In a draft flush with talented edge rushers — a spot where the Bucs absolutely need to improve —  Tampa might see someone they like fall late in round one like Georgia‘s Jarvis Jones.

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