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As NFL draft begins, trade winds swirl. How could that affect the Bucs at No. 5?

The Bucs believes they can get an impact player with the fifth pick, but will listen to trade offers leading up to it,
Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Published Apr. 26
Updated Apr. 26

TAMPA -- It's time for this year's NFL Draft and the trade winds are swirling.

It’s now when the trade talk intensifies, but it really won’t heat up until after the Arizona Cardinals take the No. 1 overall pick. And if, for some reason, they don’t select Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, that trade talk will get even louder.

Though it's believed the Cardinals will select Murray No. 1, Murray told NFL Network this evening that that he hadn't yet been told he will be selected by the Cardinals.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals have reportedly been engaging discussions about trading their current starting quarterback Josh Rosen.

That's where the Bucs' standing at No. 5 becomes interesting. If the Cardinals don't select Murray, the Bucs are prepared to fielding calls from teams interested in trading up.

Outside of Murray, the first five picks are expected to be defensive players.

With the Giants the team that could potentially drafting a quarterback, those teams looking to get a shot at Murray -- or other projected first rounders like Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins, Missouri's Drew Lock or Duke's Daniel Jones -- could be looking to jump to No. 5.

Teams potentially looking to move up are the Dolphins at No. 13 or or the Redskins at No. 15.

Also, there are teams that could potentially trade out of the top five, like the Jets at No. 3.

Bucs general manager Jason Licht told earlier today thay there are five players that the team believes will make an impact, but said he will still listen to trade offers.

“You always listen,” Licht told the team website. “You have to be prepared not only to move back, but also to move up, to move back up from where you moved back to. And you have to be prepared to move up from your second pick or third pick. So you have to be able to put all those scenarios in place. It’s hard to do those right now, because you don’t know what players are on the board.”


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