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Todd McShay Mock Draft 2016: Trades affect the Buccaneers' trade options

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The 2016 NFL draft has been shaken up by trades in the top ten, which means every other team is going to feel the consequences. That includes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Despite those shake-ups, though, most mock drafts still have the Bucs doing what they were doing before: taking Vernon Hargreaves or, ehm, Jack Conklin -- as in Todd McShay's latest mock.

Look out for a trade at this spot. Tennessee could move up from No. 15 to get a tackle like Conklin to protect Marcus Mariota. Even if Tampa Bay slides down the draft board, the Bucs could still get Vernon Hargreaves III (more on him later).

What is with this Jack Conklin obsession? Can someone explain to me why people think the Bucs should pick a right tackle in the top ten? It's not like finding competent right tackles is actually difficult. The Panthers got to the Super Bowl with Mike Remmers, who couldn't crack the Bucs roster despite several tries, after all. At that point, Leonard Floyd would be a more likely choice -- despite his questionable fit in the Bucs' scheme, and the significant question marks about his impact as a pass rusher. At least he has a high ceiling.

McShay makes one valid observation: the Bucs are more likely to trade up or down. Up, because Jalen Ramsey and Joey Bosa are more likely to fall to a spot where the Bucs could feasibly engineer a trade. Down, because whoever they're most likely to pick at number nine is probably going to available a little later, and teams might want to trade up for someone like Ezekiel Elliott, Ronnie Stanley and DeForest Buckner, all of whom could feasibly fall to number nine.