The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a surprising move in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft, selecting quarterback Mike Glennon out of North Carolina State. Glennon's a classic pocket quarterback with a huge arm, and enough foot speed to move around in the pocket and evade the rush. The major concern: erratic decision making and on occasion some erratic accuracy as well.
Does that sound familiar? It should, because I just described a less developed version of Josh Freeman. And that's where this pick fits. The Buccaneers took a quarterback who fits their scheme, who will beat out Dan Orlovsky as a backup (because the Bucs are not cutting Glennon before his second season), and who will provide insurance for Josh Freeman. He won't really compete with Freeman, who is the team's real starter this season.
Basically, Mike Glennon is here as insurance. In case Freeman gets injured this year, in which case they have a quarterback who at least has the arm strength to make all the throws. And in case Freeman does not have a good year and they decide to not offer him an extension after this season, when his contract ends. Then they at least have a young quarterback with some potential.
Does that mean I like the pick? No. I don't mind Glennon. He has good potential and the tools to develop into a quality quarterback. But I think the third round is too high for him, and I think the Buccaneers could have gotten better depth along the defensive line at this point in the draft, which is still a concern.
But, what do you think of this selection?