Drafting a Quarterback: A Ruse?

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Recently, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ head coach Lovie Smith hinted that there could be a possibility that the organization could draft a quarterback with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Three quarterbacks that could become future Bucs are Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles. Every team’s operative is to always improve every position, including quarterback. The Bucs should not be any different.

In a previous article, I denoted the trend of Lovie Smith: strong run game and strong rush defense. The Bucs need to address a weak offensive line as well as trying to attain that defensive end who can be disruptive against opposing offensive lines and their quarterback. Current quarterback Mike Glennon played 13 games last year as a rookie and won offensive rookie of the month for November. Glennon is not great nor is he terrible. Plus, Smith had Rex Grossman as a quarterback.

Let us presume that this quarterback hoopla is a ruse. What is the purpose of the ruse? One purpose is to make the teams ahead of us want to draft a quarterback. Or to have a team below us to want to trade ahead of us to draft a quarterback, say the Minnesota Vikings, who own the pick following the Bucs. If the three quarterbacks are drafted ahead of the Bucs, then one of following talents would become available: DE/OLB Khalil Mack or WR Sammy Watkins. Should neither one be available, then there will be an increasing possibility that the Bucs can trade down.

Without a third round pick in what is a supposedly deep draft due to the over 100 early entries into the draft, acquiring more picks to help bolster a lack luster depth to the organization is also a smart way to improve the team. What say you, Bucs nation, is this declaration a farce?

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