With the Washington Redskins trading up to presumably get Robert Griffin III that puts the Browns and, by proxy, the Bucs in an interesting position. Popular belief is that the Browns need a quarterback. After two utterly pedestrian seasons by Colt McCoy compiling less than 150 yards per game with a 20-20 TD-INT ratio and leading them to a 4-12 record last year and 5-11 the year before Cleveland seems to have lost faith in their 2010 3rd round draft choice. There are a few options the Browns can choose when it comes to quarterbacks.
There are some good free agents available, most notably Payton Manning and Matt flynn. The likely senario being to sign Flynn, as Manning is likely to sign else where. If for some reason the Browns are unable to sign Flynn, they almost are assured to take Ryan Tannehill, the consensus number 3 quarterback in this year's draft. If the Browns were to do this it would put the Bucs in a very awakard position, with the fifth pick overall having to decide between 3 players who don't have much value at here.
- Morris Claiborne - seems like the most likely pick if the Bucs were stuck in this position being it is an area of need and he is the top cornerback available.
- Trent Richardson - could be taken here as a luxury pick to provide a strong running game when paired with LeGarrette Blount. I don't see this happening because of the gapping holes on defense and the fact that the Buccaneers already have a good, young runningback in Blount.
- Justin Blackmon - another luxery pick I don't see happening, though it is more likely to me because of the emphasis on Josh Freeman being the focal point of the team and the coaches insistance on surrounding him with offensive weapons.
If the Browns do however get Flynn (or any other free agent QB) they would most likely spend their pick on either Richardson or Blackmon. Cleveland's star runningback Peyton Hillis is a free agent and doesn't appear to being returning to the Browns. Richardson could be their next star runningback,or they could give Matt Flynn a go to guy in Blackmon. This leads me to the point of this article, I believe the Bucs are in a good position to trade down to a team in need of a quarterback looking to draft Ryan Tannehill ahead of Miami (assuming Payton Manning doesn't end up there). Possible suitors being Arizona or Seattle with a few other possible teams, however unlikely.
If the Bucs were to trade down they could get quality players later in the first and second rounds while filing holes this young team desprately needs filled of it's going to be competetive any time soon.