Tampa Bay Buccaneers open to NFL draft trade

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Will Lovie Smith trade the sixth pick?
Will Lovie Smith trade the sixth pick?.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were among the worst teams in the NFL in 2013 and they were rewarded with the sixth pick in the draft as a result. However, new GM, Jason Licht has said that the Bucs are open to moving down from that spot.

“That’s definitely something we’d look into...We’ve already reached out to teams. If our player isn’t there, we’d be open to conversations about moving back.’’Licht told ESPN.

It is not clear at this stage who that player might be but some reports have linked the Bucs with Mike Evans and Johnny Manziel who could both still be on the board when Tampa Bay select or both could be snapped up in the top five picks. Jadeveon Clowney could also be a player of interest, but he might have been picked by the Houston Texans at the top of the night.

It is clear that Licht is exploring all options when it comes to getting the most out of their high draft pick and they do not want to let the opportunity slip away.

The question remains however, who will partner the Bucs with a trade? The Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons have all been rumored to be interested in trading for a higher pick.

Six will probably prove too high for the Cowboys and both the Lions and Falcons have picks in that region of the draft anyway. However, Tampa Bay's openness to a possible trade could be an interesting storyline as draft day draws ever nearer.

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