“To be or not to be, that is the question.” William Shakespeare
Nobody, including the Buccaneers, can yet know if they will be picking in their designated #5 position in April’s NFL draft or not. That is because the draft is a fluid, constantly changing, non-defined entity that won’t even take any real shape until it has started. Jason Licht and Bruce Arians should have an idea of who their #1, can’t believe he lasted, shouldn’t still be available at #5 pick would be. Or do they? There are, no doubt, several names on the Buccaneer draft board that the team would be very happy with bringing into the Tampa Bay fold on April 25th.
“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” William Shakespeare
When Tampa Bay draft personnel board the flight to Nashville ahead of the draft, they will definitely have a Buccaneer jersey with the number one on it for a player to stand on the stage and hold up for a photo op with commissioner Goodell. They might even bring several with the names of different players they might select. The team that owns the very first pick, the Arizona Cardinals, will bring a jersey with the name of the player they absolutely know they can select. But they will also bring a back-up jersey in the event that the phone rings in their draft war room with an offer that’s just too sweet to pass up. It’s part of the game. It’s also part of the reason football fans just can’t get enough.
“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.” William Shakespeare
NFL draft boards will be adjusted a hundred times between now and draft day. There will be mock drafts of the mock drafts. There are phone lines at team headquarters devoted entirely to incoming calls for potential draft trades. Nobody knows how this draft will play out any more than they know who the Patriots will play in Miami next year in Super Bowl LIV (54). Chance favors the prepared mind, and you can count on the Buccaneers being prepared for many different scenarios. Claiming to know exactly what the Bucs will do with the #5 pick at this point, though, would be a foolish endeavor.