If you were a fan of the the 1987 movie Wall Street by Oliver Stone, then you might recall these quotes from the ruthless takeover artist, Gordon Gekko:
Gekko to the young broker Bud Fox: "The most valuable commodity I know of is information."
Gekko to Bud Fox: "If you're not inside, you're outside."
You get the drift. It's all about information and the best information of all comes from the "inside."
Well folks, Ronde Barber is on the inside at One Buccaneer Place. He talks to Mark Dominik, and you'd think a savvy vet like Barber would have a hint as to what the brain-trust of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is thinking as we move ever closer to the draft.
I don't know if this is a setup, a smokescreen or what, but Barber spilled the beans last week when it comes to LSU corner Morris Claiborne.
Are the Buccaneers going to call his name in New York in 11 days?
"We probably will," is what Barber told his buddy, 1010 AM radio host J.P. Peterson last week out there at the TPC of Tampa Bay where Barber was playing in the Encompass Pro-Am. Golf has a way of loosening lips.
"He did the unofficial visits or whatever," Barber said, confirming that Claiborne has been within the confines of One Buc Place for a pre-draft visit. "He was actually in our room," Barber added, acknowledging Claiborne sat in with the secondary coaches.
"He's a good kid. He looks good. He looks the part. Everybody's high on him," Barber added.
Now, if Barber were going to be in the war room when the Bucs pick, then perhaps this is one you can take to the bank, if there was a bank for such things.
If Claiborne is the guy, then this entire proposition simply depends on the action of two teams—Minnesota and Cleveland.
Seems the entire mock draft world has the Vikings selecting tackle Matt Kalil in the third slot and Cleveland, well, you'd think Cleveland needs some help for poor ol' Colt McCoy, and that would logically be Justin Blackmon or Trent Richardson.
And if that happens, then Claiborne would be there for the Bucs, and now you have the "we probably will," from Barber.
Still, there's the "probably" as opposed to "definitely" which means we still really don't know.