The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have begun cleansing themselves of the Greg Schiano era, as new head coach Lovie Smith has come in and begun to immediately change the culture. But changing the culture can only take a team so far, as the Bucs need a little more talent before they can be Super Bowl contenders once again.
One way to get good now is to draft well, and this has some thinking that the Buccaneers have set their sights on defensive end Jadeveon Clowney from South Carolina. ESPN.com blogger Pat Yasinskas addressed this possibility of the Bucs trading up to get a top pass rusher they desperately need on their defensive front.
That sounds like a nice idea because Clowney is the best pass-rusher in the draft and the Bucs desperately need to improve their pass rush. But a trade up to the No. 1 spot, which is where the Bucs would have to get to in order to make sure they get Clowney, would be very costly.
He goes on to say that the Bucs will likely try to build through the draft, much like previous general manager Mark Dominik did with great success. Adding Clowney is an appealing idea though, as imagining him on the same defensive line as Gerald McCoy is a frightening thought for offensive coordinators around the league.
Still, while the Bucs swinging for the fences and trading up in the draft is a possibility, they’ll more than likely stay put or even trade down to continue stock piling young talent on both sides of the ball.