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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Buccaneers trade away their first-round pick

Chris Trotman

In their latest first-round mock draft, Mocking the Draft added the possibility of trades. That's more than a little realistic: last year's draft, the first under the new CBA, featured a ridiculous 12 trades. The result for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is fairly predictable: the Bucs trade their first-round pick for Darrelle Revis. That's still the most likely outcome this offseason, although the deadline for such a trade is nearing quickly. Once the Bucs make their first-round pick, they won't be able to trade it, so that's the ultimate deadline -- for now.

It's interesting to note that this trade works out pretty well in this mock draft. The Bucs would love to grab a first-round cornerback, but both Dee Milliner and Xavier Rhodes are off the board in this scenario. The other player the Bucs reportedly 'love' is Tavon Austin, but he's off the board too.

It's a little early to fill their need at tight end with Tyler Eifert, and even talented offensive tackle Lane Johnson is off the board. The only players still available who are likely to be on the Bucs' radar are Sharrif Floyd and Sheldon Richardson, both disruptive defensive tackles. But this draft is rife with quick, disruptive defensive tackle and one should be available in the second round.

The simple truth is that the Buccaneers can't find a talent remotely close to a healthy Darrelle Revis at number thirteen. From a pure talent perspective, Revis would do more for the Bucs than their 2013 first-round pick and a few later round picks.

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