Bruce Arians: Bucs would need “hellacious” offer to trade down

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Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians inherits a team that was bad enough last year to earn the fifth overall pick in the draft. On Thursday night, they’ll use it. Unless they trade it.

“There would have to be some hellacious picks [offered],” Arians said Tuesday, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “There’s five guys on the board I love. You’d have to throw the bank and open the vault for [G.M.] Jason [Licht] to move down. I’m not saying that we wouldn’t. Just looking at the guys that are there. There’s really six guys that are once-in-a-generation-type players. I feel great about this draft.”

If that’s the case, there’s no reason to trade down. But this is also a very deep draft, and Arians knows that in the crapshoot lottery that the draft will always be, it’s always better to have more scratch-off tickets. The question is how many more tickets would it take to get them to give up Ticket No. 5.

The Bucs are actually in a good spot to do a deal, given that the Giants pick at No. 6. If a player like quarterback Dwayne Haskins is still on the board and if other teams sense that this eleventh-hour push for quarterback Daniel Jones is nothing more than an effort to get people off the potential Giants-want-Haskins scent, a team that really wants Haskins could decide to leapfrog Dave Gettleman and company.

Of course, the Giants would never admit that they wanted Haskins if someone trades up to get him before they can. Such a thing would not look good on Dave Gettleman’s resume.

8 responses to “Bruce Arians: Bucs would need “hellacious” offer to trade down

  1. If any team would consider offering a 1st in next year’s draft I would jump on that in a second for a trade down, anything to potentially increase the chances of snagging one of those great QB prospects next year in case Jameis performs poorly this year is a good thing.

  2. Gotta agree with Bruce…Bucs are in PRIME spot for team that wants to trade up for one of the QB’s. Extra picks could really help the team…..BUT would’nt it be great if the BUCS satyed put and grabbed a TOP TIER QB for themselves???

  3. I guess the Self Proclaimed Maven of Football is now owner and GM as well.
    Goofy hat Bruce is making all the decisions
    regarding draft picks…potential trades…and contracts. Good Grief.

  4. How can there be 6 once in a generation players in one draft…let alone one generation?

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