Expecting Wheeling And Dealing On Draft Weekend – JoeBucsFan.com – Tampa Bay Bucs Blog, Buccaneers News

Plenty of chips on the table.

The Bucs have a lot of holes to fill with nine draft picks to play with.

The nine picks are the most the team has had since 2010, per Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com.

In the past, Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht has had no inhibitions trading picks or flipping positions in the draft. It would be a surprise if he didn’t.

Initially, Joe figured the Bucs might be able to draft Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker in the second round. But if this craziness pans out to be true that Anthony Richardson is a top-10 pick, then there is no way Hooker lasts to the second round. Therefore, the Bucs might need to pounce on Hooker much earlier than expected.

The Bucs need a left tackle, too, with Donovan Smith gone. And unless there is a guy that has blown Licht away, he generally goes second or third round with offensive linemen.

Yes, Licht admitted there is “talk” about moving Tristan Wirfs to left tackle but emphasized that’s “just talk.” So who knows?

A guy Joe has had his eye on if Wirfs does move to left tackle is Tennessee right tackle and Hooker’s teammate Darnell Wright. Last year Wright did not give up a sack in a pass-happy offense. When you are playing Alabama and Georgia and don’t give up a sack, that’s saying something.

Licht’s history says he likes Big Ten tackles (Donovan Smith and Wirfs). So in this line of thinking, maybe Ohio State tackle Dawand Jones?

Drafting Jones would mean flipping Wirfs to left tackle. Jones has only played right tackle and at times he can get tangled up by speed rushers.

From a financial angle, Joe isn’t sure if the Bucs want to tie up two guys with first-round cash at tackle. So that’s another reason Joe is looking at second round for a Bucs tackle, provided NFL suits haven’t lost their minds and pick AR15 in the top-ten.

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