The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may trade up to the No. 3 pick to acquire running back Trent Richardson, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The Buccaneers currently have the No. 5 overall pick in tonight’s NFL draft. However, it is believed that Richardson, considered the best running back in the draft, will be off the board as early as the No. 3 pick. The Minnesota Vikings currently hold the third pick, and with the presence of Adrian Peterson it is not likely that they would draft a running back of their own, however several teams have reportedly expressed interest in trading up to this spot so they can draft the Alabama star.
During his only season as a starter for the Crimson Tide, Richardson set the school single-season rushing records with 1,679 yards and 21 touchdowns. In 2011 he was the nation’s top running back winning the Doak Walker Award.
Last season LeGarrette Blount served as Tampa Bay’s lead running back, running for 781 yards and five touchdowns on the year.