By Eric Schmidt

Two players are on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers radar heading into tonight’s NFL Draft, CB Morris Claiborne and RB Trent Richardson. Either player would make an immediate impact to the Buccaneers roster next season but both players could be off the draft board before the Buccaneers select at number five. According to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the Buccaneers might be wanting to trade with the Minnesota Vikings which hold the pivitol number three overall selection tonight in the first-round.

Making the rounds over the last few hours, has been the rumors that the New York Jets reached out to RB Trent Richardson after he arrived in New York for tonight’s draft. New York has several holes they need to fill, especially with an aging defense and a move to jump up to the number three overall pick would be very costly for the Jets. New York would be wise to stand pat at number 16 overall.

The cost associated with a trade up two draft picks in order to acquire Richardson must be contemplated. Tampa Bay does not have a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft after a trade last season and with the Buccaneers trying to fill a multitude of holes on their roster, would the sacrifice of another draft pick in order to secure Richardson be worth the move?

If Tampa does not make a move and Richardson and Claiborne are off the board when they are on the clock, the Buccaneers could field trade offers from teams wanting to jump ahead of the Miami Dolphins and select QB Ryan Tannehill. Tampa could also stand pat and select Boston College LB Luke Kuechly.

In the hours leading up to the draft, rumors and lies will be flying. RB Trent Richardson would be a nice addition to the Buccaneers roster next season, but not at the cost of another high draft choice this season.

 

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