I'm always interested in local 2012 NFL Mock Drafts, and FOX Tampa Bay has a novel suggestion for its Buccaneers: Trade down. You might be aware of the immediate repercussions of this action: The St. Louis Rams would have their draft plan thrown into serious confusion by a team that is interested in Trent Richardson as a best-case scenario and Justin Blackmon as a worst.
The FOX guys go on to suggest the Buccaneers would go for the middle linebacker they need in the 12-15 range, which works for me if it's, say, the Seattle Seahawks, who have a ton of defensive needs, and less fine if it's the Arizona Cardinals, who are in a position to upgrade Kevin Kolb's receiving corps.
More NFL Mock Draft coverage from SB Nation St. Louis, whose obsession with Justin Blackmon is totally legal:
- Check out our pick-by-pick 2012 NFL Mock Draft, where the Buccaneers have already made their move.
- Blaine Gabbert has the same hold on the Jaguars that Kolb does on Arizona.
- The best news would be if Ryan Tannehill precipitated all the trading.