With the benching of Josh Freeman in favor of the rookie Mike Glennon, who was taken in the 3rd Round of last years draft, we must ask ourselves on who will be leading the Buccaneers in the years to come. Glennon showed that he has a canon of an arm during his days with the NC State Wolfpack, but he also showed his lack of proper decision making and accuracy which lead to many turnovers in the year. The question is can he fix these problems, which Freeman was also guilty of, to become the Quarterback the Tampa Bay Buccaneers look to for years to come.
I do not believe he will be their number one Quarterback by mid-season next year. Instead I believe that Tampa Bay needs to look elsewhere for a future Quarterback. This means they will either need to try and get a Quarterback in the Free Agency or more likely a Quarterback from the 2014 Draft. At the moment the Free Agency is not looking very good for Quarterback choices.
This means that the Buccaneers will be looking to find their future Quarterback in the first couple rounds of the Draft. Unlike last years draft there are many good choices for Quarterback to be looked at. The four highest on my list of likely candidates to go to the Buccaneers are Teddy Bridgewater out of Louisville, Derek Carr of Fresno State, Keith Wenning of Ball State, and the Ivy League Quarterback Jeff Mathews of Cornell. Each of these men have the skills that could possibly make them good NFL Quarterbacks.
The worst in the group is by far Derek Carr, David Carr's little brother. Like his brother he has trouble reading the defense and is unable to take any type of pressure before breaking. Just as David fell apart with the Texans, unless the Buccaneers are able to give their Quarterback a little more time in the pocket then Derek will not be a good fit with them. He will quickly revert to tendencies just like Freeman did, resulting in his benching.
Keith Wenning currently plays with Ball State where after taking a knee injury in 2012 quickly jumped back to make an impressive showing this year passing for four straight 300+ games with 9 TDs in the air and 2 on the ground. In his years leading the Ball State Cardinals he has only ever had to play against 3 major schools where they lost each game. His biggest issues are that he locks in on a single receiver to often. However, this is offset by his ability to gun a pass to his receiver or to put a little touch on it. Nevertheless he still has thrown for 35 interceptions in his first three years. Most by all the Quarterbacks by a large margin.
Up next is Jeff Mathews who in his years at Cornell showed what an ivy league Quarterback could do. Already with a season left to go Mathews has broken the passing record for a Cornell Quarterback and has both first and second in a season record. Easily Mathews greatest asset is his cannon of an arm which he can zip into coverage. He is by far one of the most accurate Quarterbacks available in the upcoming draft, but when under pressure he sometimes fails to throw as well as he could.
The best choice is of course Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville. He is a monster of a Quarterback who will most likely be taken in the first round as the first pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Of these four options I would love to see Mathews go to the Buccaneers. With him being a Ivy League Quarterback he will most likely not be drafted in the first or even the second round. Instead I see Tampa Bay picking him up in the Third Round allowing them to draft at least one player to add some extra protection for their young Quarterbacks in the first or second round.