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NFL Draft Rumors: Buccaneers to trade up for T.J. Clemmings?

Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a lot of needs and not a ton of draft picks, as the 2015 NFL draft gets started. Usually, that's a recipe for a trade down to add more players. There's some buzz about the Bucs potentially trading down from the top overall pick, but that would take

And now it seems that the Bucs are more likely to trade up from the number two pick than to trade down.

Peter King reports today that teams are looking to trade up into the late first round to target Pitt tackle T.J. Clemmings, noting that the Buccaneers are a team likely to do so. An earlier report suggested the Bucs would be interested in trading up for Miami tackle Ereck Flowers, but most of the recent media buzz is that he won't be there.

A trade up would make sense even with the Bucs' many needs, simply because their bungling of free agency has left them with massive holes at both right guard and offensive tackle. They need to find at least one player who can start immediately in this draft, and the top of the second round may be too late to do so. Clemmings could probably step right in at either right tackle or right guard, which would solve at least one of the Bucs' problems immediately. And there's a chance that he could develop into a left tackle eventually, too.

If you want to know what kind of player Clemmings is, all you need to do is read Stephen White's extensive breakdown right here. In one word: nasty.