It's Time To Stop The Trade Down Nonsense

SI's Peter King revealed the Bucs are not looking to trade down from the first overall pick.

The whole idea of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers trading down has always been silly. They are in excellent position to finally draft a potential franchise quarterback and they would pass that up? Not a chance.

SI's own Peter King wrote an excellent article on Monday in regards to the Bucs' potential draft selection of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. In it he quoted a few things from his conversation with general manager Jason Licht. But on ESPN Radio Tuesday, King revealed something that he did not include in his column.

"The one thing that I really didn't write Monday in my column was that -- we talked about what if they got some kind of great offer for [the No. 1 pick] and [Jason Licht] said they are leaning very, very strongly one way," King told ESPN's Colin Cowherd. "He didn't say which way, but it's clear [based on their conversation] that they are leaning toward, no matter what kind of offer they get, they are taking one of those guys (Winston or Oregon's Marcus Mariota)."

So there you have it. Licht, through King, has single-handedly shot down any high hopes of trading down and stocking up picks. That debate should end today. Many have been in agreement as well that there was no chance of the organization trading that No. 1 selection.

For some time now, the consensus has been that either Mariota or Winston will be selected first overall. The Bucs would be wise to stay put and it appears that will undoubtedly be the case now.

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