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McNabb trade could have an impact on the Bucs in the draft



The trade of quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins Sunday night did not help the Bucs.

For starters, Tampa Bay will face McNabb in a game at Washington next season instead of Jason Campbell, who was a turnover machine in a loss to the Redskins a year ago.

But let's look at the potential impact on the Bucs in the draft.

Simpy put, the Redskins, who own the No. 4 overall pick in the draft, one spot behind Tampa Bay, no longer need a quarterback. It's almost a certainly they will take an offensive tackle, most likely Russell Okung. 

Let's assume this scenario. The St. Louis Rams decide to do something else at quarterback and don't draft Oklahoma's Sam Bradford with the No. 1 overall pick. Most likely, that would mean they would select one of the two elite defensive tackles -- Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh or Oklahoma's Gerald McCoy.

The Lions would follow suit by choosing the remaining defensive tackle. With Bradford still on the board, the Bucs would've received lots of offers to trade down with a team wanting to take the Sooners' quarterback.

The thought would be any team wanting Bradford would have to get ahead of the Redskins at No. 4.

But now, that urgency is removed. The Seattle Seahawks may be able to remain at No. 6 and get Bradford or just trade up one spot with Kansas City to get their man.

Suddenly, the Bucs are no longer in as much of a prime position to have an opportunity to trade down.

But it's hard to imagine the Rams not taking Bradford first overall. That would leave either Suh or McCoy for the Bucs.

But it's interesting to consider the potential impact of the McNabb trade in the draft.

Oh, and that game a FedEx Field just got much tougher.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:58pm]


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