As I’m fond of saying sometimes we asses all new information In the context of what we already believe. For most of us we’ve identified the Bucs major positional needs as: CB, LB(MLB or OLB) , and RB (Feature or Change of Pace). We , of course have no way of knowing if our assumption matches what the current coaching staff and front office believes. Quality arguments can be made for improvements at SS, FS, TE, RT, and FB. There are even calls for backup type players at C, CB, OG, LB, and a developmental backup QB. In addition to this our draft(especially the first pick) revolves around 6 things (some not in our control):
1. Who Minnesota Selects at #3.
2. Who Cleveland Takes at #4.
3. In what order does the Bucs Front Office place, Claiborne & Richardson?
4. How far do they feel the drop off is from someone like Clairbone to Josh Robinson/Dennard , or Richardson to Miller/James/etc.. How far is there dropoff from Claiborne/Richardson/Kalil to other top tier first rounds like Kuechly/Gilmore.
5. What would another team offer to move up for player X?
6. Who is the linebacker Schiano is said to be in love with?
So with those in mind and using the consensus estimates from my draft guide, still available for free at firstname.lastname@example.org, I’ve put together 5 plausible scenario’s for fun speculation.(Would have included this in the guide, but most of those looking for it where non-Tampa fans so didn't want to add length).
Scenario A. (Consensus Picks & Needs).
--Minnesota takes Kalil, Cleveland takes Justin Blackmon, we select:
RD 1- Trent Richardson HB Alabama – Would clearly make us top 10 offense capable
RD 2- Josh Robinson CB UCF – Assuming he doesn’t go in round 1
RD 3- Ronnell Lewis OLB Oklahoma St. – Mason Foster stays inside , two big hitting linebackers
RD 5- George Iloka FS Boise St. – He’s tall that’s something
RD 6- Nick Provo TE Syracuse – Undersized but fun
RD 7- Joe Martinek FB Rutgers – Had to let Greg draft one of his own guys
Scenario B. (Consensus Picks & Needs, new Cle selection).
--Minnesota takes Kalil, Cleveland takes Richardson we select:
RD 1- Morris Claiborne CB LSU - Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of Rum on the Secondary’s new #1 Corner
RD 2- Zach Brown OLB North Carolina – Again Foster stays inside
RD 3- Isiah Pead RB Cincinnati – If he blocks as half heartedly as he did at Cincinnati this guy will have a dog house built for him by Schiano
RD 5- Evan Rodriguez FB Temple – Could also “flex” to TE in a pinch
RD 6- Tavon Wilson FS Illinois – Were already flirting with him why not take him home from the dance
RD 7- Jaye Howard DT/DE Florida – Could be Roy Miller’s death nail
Scenario C. (Call this the Best Player Available approach)
---Minnesota takes Claiborne, Cleveland takes Richardson
RD 1 – Matt Kalil LT USC – Best of the elite players remaining
RD 2- Cody Fleener TE Stanford – Given all our pending two TE sets and interest in trading Winslow
RD 3- Josh Norman CB Coastal Carolina – Having passed on CB early we go for it here
RD5- Lance Dunbar RB North Texas – Blount breathes easier, for now , though Dunbar’s underrated imo
RD6- Danny Trevethan OLB Kentcuky – Interesting prospect light but interesting
RD7- Quentin Salsbury C Mississippi St. – Backup C and G prospect
Scenario D. (Calls this Schiano loves Kuechly and Jacksonville loves Blackmon)
---Minnesota Takes Kalil, Cleveland takes Richardson, we trade with Jacksonville swapping 1st round picks and receiving their 3rd round selection #70 overall
RD1- Luke Kuechly MLB Boston College – Foster shifts to WLB, Kuechly QB’s the defense
RD2- LaMichael James RB Oregon – For all the Duck lovers of speed
RD3- Antonio Allen SS Clemson – Could be an interesting fit
RD3(Obtained From Jags)- LaDarius Green TE UL-Lafeyette – Certainly a move guy
RD5- Trevin Wade CB Arizona – We’ll hope we get the 2009 version
RD6- Emil Iwanagu FB UMASS – Another hybrid FB/TE type
RD7- Matt McCants OT UAB – Big kid sloppy technique
Scenario E. (Call this Schiano loves Hightower and Dom goes all in)
---Minnesota takes Kalil, Cleveland takes Blackmon, we trade our 2nd Round selection and our 1st round pick in 2013 to Detroit in order to move ahead of Pittsburgh
RD1 – Trent Richardson RB Alabama – The factor back
RD1b- Dont’a Hightower MLB Alabama – Two Alabama guys
RD3- Ron Brooks CB LSU – Would be a slight reach but with inside info might be worth it
RD5- Brian Linthicum TE Michigan St. – Decent blocker short and intermediate routes
RD6- Andrew Datko OT Florida St. – Bigger project type OT
RD7- Jeron McMillian FS Maine – Small school kid might make good