The 2019 NFL Draft looms closer, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are certainly considering trading out of the no. 5 spot. But with whom?
The Washington Redskins are the only team I believe who will be willing to deal. CBS Sports Tom Fornelli believes the Bucs will take advantage of the desperate NFC East team to get quarterback Dwayne Haskins from Ohio State and away from rival New York Giants in sacrificing their 15th, 46th and a 2020 third-round pick. A trade of this magnitude would make the Bucs a day one winner with quality depth at a high level. He believes, like many other outlets, that the team will take cornerback Greedy Williams from LSU.
As an aside, he also claims the Bucs will trade with the Eagles back into the first round to grab safety Taylor Rapp from Washington. Fornelli believes Rapp is the best safety. I can see those moves happening because of the Bucs’ dire need for secondary help in defensive coordinator Todd Bowles’ aggressive scheme.
Given the influx of talent at quarterback and pass rushers, there’s nothing of value I can see the Bucs reaping in their position. If the Bucs can package Gerald McCoy in a trade package and a first-round pick, it could make it more attractive. But McCoy is on the wrong side of 30 and his future is uncertain give how much Bowles likes versatility from a 4-3 to 3-4.
Don’t expect the Bucs to trade down from their no. 5. And if they do, they better come up with a great deal that loads them with high and middle round picks. If they manage to create quality depth, then the team will strike gold to start the season. Otherwise, they aren’t trading up and are looking like they’re happy with what they’ll get in no. 5 as most mock drafts have them.