The Bucs need a quarterback, they have their pick between the two best quarterbacks in the draft, yet some Bucs fans still believe the Bucs best bet is to trade down. I've always said that if you don't have a quarterback, and the Bucs do not, you should do everything in your power to find that quarterback. With that said, any trade down opportunity would have to be massive for the Bucs to consider it.
"Now, how do you get there from No. 20? That's a heavy lift," ESPN NFL analyst and former general manager Bill Polian told Joe DeCamara and Adam Caplan on 97.5 FM The Fanatic (via NJ.com) when asked about the Eagles trading up for Mariota."It takes a lot of ammunition to get there. I'm not certain it could even be done."
"In essence, three number ones or a highly-ranked number one player (and two first-round picks) who would go in a deal in addition to probably some twos," Polian said. "It's a hefty, hefty price, not to mention that quarterback-desperate teams such as the Buccaneers, Jets and Titans would need to be convinced to pass on a franchise signal caller."
Now, I'm sure some fans of the Bucs would take a deal like that no matter what. I'm here, once again, to remind you of the importance of a quarterback in this era of the NFL. If you feel Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston is a franchise quarterback, you do not hesitate. You select that player.
People want to look at the massive trade between the Redskins and Rams from a few years back, and instantly say the Rams won the deal. The Rams did walk away with a slew of first round picks, but with Bradford constantly injured, they had no quarterback. The Rams record over the last three years has been 7-8-1, 7-9, and 6-10. If this massive trade was supposed to magically fix the Rams, we're all still waiting for those results to happen.
I do not think the Bucs will trade down, nor do I think they should. They aren't just a franchise that needs a quarterback or is desperate for a quarterback, they're in a city desperate for their first true "franchise" quarterback in the Bucs nearly 40 year existence. It's not McCown and it's not Glennon.
The stars aligned for the Bucs to end up with the first overall pick for a reason. Bucs fans need to stop being afraid of failure or busts, and start believing that this pick will change their favorite franchise for the better over the next 15 years. I believe, do you?
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