2013 NFL Draft rumors: Buccaneers could trade up for D.J. Hayden, Tyler Eifert

Bob Levey

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could easily trade up in tonight's draft.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may not have a first-round pick in tonight's draft after trading for Darrelle Revis, but that doesn't mean they're going to be inactive on the first day of the draft. We already know the Buccaneers want to move up, but we don't know what player they want to target (yet).

We may have a little better idea of the Bucs' plans tonight, as Jenna Laine of Sports Talk Florida reports the Buccaneers are interested in cornerback D.J. Hayden and tight end Tyler Eifert. With Darrelle Revis and Eric Wright on board the Buccaneers have two fine starters, but their depth at the position is abysmal. D.J. Hayden is the best cornerback in this draft for my money, and Mike Mayock and Greg Cosell concur, while DraftPhantom thinks highly of Hayden too.

Hayden may be the single most gifted cornerback in this draft class, with quick feet and an unmatched ability to explode downhill out of his backpedal. If the Buccaneers manage to land him in this draft they will have completed a total overhaul of their secondary, transforming it from one of the worst into one of the best or even the very best in the NFL. The Bucs may have to figure out a way to trade up into the teens for them to select Hayden, however, and that could cost them a pretty penny in draft picks.

Meanwhile, the Bucs' interest in Tyler Eifert should come as no surprise. Tight end is the only position where the Bucs lack a quality starter and if they don't come out of this draft with an upgrade at the position they will have at least one weakness on the offensive side of the ball. While the Bucs don't make heavy use of the tight end, they also haven't had the kind of quality target who could handle being a bigger part of the offense.

Tyler Eifert would give the Bucs a very good receiving tight end who is also serviceable as a blocker. He'd provide an instant upgrade at the position, would give the Bucs another weapon in the passing game and a consistent target who could exploit the middle of the field, something the Buccaneers lack right now. Unfortunately Eifert may go as high as sixth overall to the Cleveland Browns, which means he's unlikely to be available as a target for the Bucs.

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