By bringing back every starter from the Super Bowl championship team, the Bucs will enter this month’s NFL draft in an enviable position.
They can do whatever they want with the No. 32 overall pick, ESPN analyst Todd McShay said.
“They’re in a position to either sit there at 32 and if a player falls at any position — seriously, like, any position — just take it,” McShay said in a Zoom with reporters Monday. “If they have him ranked at 14, 15, 16 on their board and someone falls to 32, you take him.”
If the Bucs draft for need instead of snagging their best available player, McShay said a running back of the future would be an option. Candidates at that spot would include Alabama’s Najee Harris, Clemson’s Travis Etienne and North Carolina’s Javonte Williams.
McShay could also see Tampa Bay adding a receiver (like Purdue’s Rondale Moore, Louisville’s Tutu Atwell or Mississippi’s Elijah Moore) or an offensive tackle. Picking a developmental quarterback later in the draft, but “obviously that’s not a huge priority at this point,” McShay said.
With no glaring short-term needs, McShay said he thinks there’s a “good chance” the Bucs trade the pick, moving out of the first round entirely to add more selections later in the draft.
“A lot of teams in that 25-32 range typically like to do that and take advantage of a team that’s desperate to move up to go get a guy,” McShay said.
In 2018, the Eagles traded the No. 32 overall pick to Baltimore. In exchange, Philadelphia received the No. 52 overall selection and a 2019 second rounder while moving up seven spots in the fourth round by swapping picks. The Ravens landed star quarterback Lamar Jackson in the deal, while the Eagles used their selections to help land their 2020 leading rusher (Miles Sanders) and second-leading receiver (tight end Dallas Goedert).
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