Tampa Bay Buccaneers

How Does Eagles' Trade Affect Tampa Bay?

The Buccaneers could very well benefit from the Eagles moving up from No. 8 to No. 2.

On Wednesday afternoon, a second trade was made inside the top five for this year's draft. The Philadelphia Eagles reached a deal with the Cleveland Browns to move up from No. 8 to No. 2. In order to move up, the Eagles have sent  Cleveland the No. 8 overall pick and a third and fourth round pick in this year's draft along with a first and second-round pick in next year's draft. Last week, it was the Tennessee Titans who traded the No. 1 overall pick to the Los Angeles Rams.

The Buccaneers are set to pick at No. 9 so, on the surface, it appears it wouldn't have much of an effect on the Bucs' draft plans. But the fact that the Eagles moved all the way up to No. 2 hints that they are after one of the top two quarterbacks. Should that be the case, the Buccaneers could certainly benefit.

Most mock drafts suggest Tampa Bay is interested in a cornerback or defensive end in the first round – with Oregon's DeForest Buckner and Ohio State's Joey Bosa being the top defensive ends and Florida State's Jalen Ramsey and Florida's Vernon Hargreaves being the top corners.

Let's say the quarterbacks, Carson Wentz of North Dakota State and Jared Goff of California, go one and two – now Laremy Tunsil, who many consider to be the best overall prospect in this year's draft, has fallen to No. 3.

Should that happen and Tunsil gets selected third, now there are five picks remaining before the Bucs are up at No. 9. For both defensive ends and cornerbacks to be gone they would have to be selected almost consecutively with UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley and Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, among other standouts, falling out of the top ten. It's also worth noting that the 49ers could be eyeing a quarterback themselves at No. 7.

Of course, these are all what-if scenarios. The Eagles could select Ramsey, who has been touted as one of, if not the best overall prospect in the draft, or another player. It appears they're after a QB, though, which could result in the Buccaneers landing a high-value player as the top ten comes to a close. 

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