This morning on MMQB, Albert Breer, lead NFL reporter for Sports illustrated, reported that three teams have been looking to move up in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Those three teams consist of Denver, Atlanta, and Tampa Bay. Breer reports that te target pick to move to would be the Jacksonville Jaguars pick at number nine. Breer had this to say:
“O.K., so who is looking at trading up? Three teams that seem to be investigating it pretty pointedly: Tampa, Denver and Atlanta. The Bucs and Broncos, I’ve heard, could be going up for one of the top four linemen (Becton, Jedrick Wills, Tristan Wirfs and Andrew Thomas), making Jacksonville’s slot, at No. 9, a potential hotspot, given the needs the Browns and Jets have at 10 and 11. It’s not as clear what the Falcons would be pursuing, though GM Thomas Dimitroff has always, in the past, been more proactive than most in looking at the option of moving up.”
If this report is true, Jason Licht may be getting nervous that one of his top-four offensive linemen may be off the board way before his pick at 14. Ultimately trading up into the top-ten of the draft will be costly. I would say anywhere from a first round pick, a second round pick, and even future picks could be the cost to move up that far.
If this doesn’t scream “win now” for Tampa Bay the I don’t know how else to put it. With the addition of Tom Brady in free agency and the momentum of the defense from a season ago playing a big part in Tampa’s decision making in the 2020 off-season, it seems Licht thinks the Bucs have a two year window to win it all.
It’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out as the next couple of weeks move along. I’d be very confident in saying Tampa believes they have a shot at winning the big game sooner, rather than later if this scenario plays out. My biggest concerns with this is looking at the future of this franchise and if there’ll be any building blocks to sustain consistency.