As we approach Thursday night’s NFL Draft, rumors will start to fly around like crazy about teams trading up, trading down and swapping picks. On Tuesday we got our first real concrete rumors that something was up. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are reportedly looking to move up towards the top of the draft.
Mike Florio is reporting that the Bucs are apparently trying to move up from No. 7 to No. 2, though it is unclear who they would target with that pick. Most of the focus has centered around Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. As we reported on Monday, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher is smitten with Manziel and may be pushing the team towards drafting him.
But after the Bucs traded Mike Williams away to the Buffalo Bills, it would make sense for them to grab another wideout. After all, the team’s No. 1 receiver is Vincent Jackson, who just turned 31. On top of that, Tampa Bay already has Mike Glennon and Josh McCown on the roster, and new head coach Lovie Smith has named McCown his starter.
The Rams have made no secret about their desire to trade down from the No. 2 spot. They would love to stockpile picks and already have the 13th overall pick in their back pocket.
St. Louis has holes on both sides of the ball that it has to plug in this year’s draft and getting more picks would certainly help that. If the Bucs are willing to pony up to move into the No. 2 spot, there’s almost reason for the Rams to pass on a deal.
As for Tampa Bay, I am convinced they want to move up to grab Watkins. It’s the move that makes the most sense.