How realistic are Bucs' hopes of trading down in first round?
For the umpteenth time this spring, general manager Mark Dominik on Thursday mentioned his openness to trading down in the first round of the draft next week. The Bucs are scheduled to select fifth overall, but Dominik seems to have his eye on additional picks.
The question is whether he believes there's a realistic opportunity to make a deal given the apparent lack of interest in teams willing to trade up. So, we asked him.
"It depends," Dominik said. "I'm preparing for it with the reality being that it might not happen at all. We as an organization are thinking about what it would take already, putting together charts about what would we do if we move to (for example) 22. We're doing all that to prepare.
"If no one calls, no one calls. We're ready to pick. We do like where we're at, No. 5."
Dominik historically likes to accumulate additional picks heading into the draft. It’s part of the team’s build-through-the-draft philosophy, I imagine. There may be some opportunities in subsequent rounds, but unless something unforeseen happens – like the Vikings passing on Matt Kalil at No. 3 – it’s very unlikely there will be a player on the board at No. 5 that a team will want to trade up for.
A trade in that area of the draft could potentially cost a team its second-round pick, and that’s a heavy price to pay unless the player is a sure thing.