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With opportunites now developing, trading down might be Bucs best option

Posted Apr 19, 2013 by Roy Cummings

Updated Apr 19, 2013 at 02:26 PM

Tribune Staff

TAMPA – Here’s something to think about as the draft approaches.

What if the Bucs decided ahead of any trade for Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis to trade down in the first round? What kind of impact do you think that would have on a Revis trade?

It is certainly a point worth pondering because Bucs general manager Mark Dominik has proven to be a big fan of trading around in the early rounds of the draft and it appears there may be a team looking to move up.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported earlier today that the Vikings, who have the 23rd and 25th picks in the draft, might be looking to trade up, possibly to get to a spot where they can get West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin.

The Vikings apparently see Austin as a possible replacement for Percy Harvin, who they traded to Seattle earlier in the offseason. But Austin is currently projected to go somewhere in the top 15 picks.

In fact, more than one mock draft has the Bucs taking Austin at No. 13. That seems unlikely considering their needs at cornerback, defensive tackle, tight end and offensive line, but the threat may work in their favor.

If Minnesota or some other team wants Austin that badly the Bucs could benefit by moving down and adding an extra early-round pick that could possibly be included in a package for Revis.

Though they appear willing to surrender the 13th overall pick in a trade for Revis, the Bucs would still rather hold that pick and get Revis for a package of second- and third-round selections or a package of 2014 picks.

By trading down the Bucs might be able to further force the Jets into accepting a deal more to their liking. Of course, they could also kill a Revis deal by trading down, but they could still benefit in the end.

If a trade down allows the Bucs to double down on the top cornerbacks in this draft and add a tight end such as Tyler Eifert or Zack Ertz, they could come away with three of the best players in the draft and improve at least two key areas of need and that is their primary objective.

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