Bucs Beat

Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Staying put not so bad

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April

Are we the only ones who are beginning to think the Bucs aren't going anywhere and just might stay at No. 4?

With each day comes another rumor that another team is making a play to move up. Today's latest rumor has the Broncos making a push to swap picks with Detroit at No. 2 overall.

As for the Bucs, there is little evidence that points to a deal getting done to move them up in the draft. The price to acquire Oakland's No. 1 pick looks to be exhorbitant and probably not worth it. And moving up to No. 2 doesn't guarantee Tampa Bay a shot at Georgia Tech receiver Calvin Johnson, unless the deal is made on draft day after the Raiders pick and Johnson is still available.

But how about this: stay at No. 4 and take your pick of the players who fall to you. We're talking, potentially, the likes of Joe Thomas, Adrian Peterson, Gaines Adams, Brady Quinn, and maybe (it's a loooong shot, but still) Johnson. And staying put allows the Bucs to retain their two second-round picks which could net them some nice pickups, too.

Tampa Bay has all sorts of needs that can't be ignored. Giving up picks that will allow an aging defense to grow younger and a unimposing offense to add some firepower doesn't exactly sound like the smartest move when you really think about.

So, knowing this, don't go into Saturday expecting a big deal. Not saying one won't be made, but from where we sit, this is far from a slam dunk.

Now, assuming Tampa Bay stays at No. 4, and JaMarcus Russell and Calvin Johnson are off the board, who would you pick? Quinn, Peterson, Adams, Thomas or someone else? Tough choice but certainly not a bad problem to have.

Tell us what you think.

And don't forget to check out Tuesday's paper when we'll tackle the notion of the two-running back system and whether the Bucs might be tempted to take a shot at Peterson.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:44pm]

    

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