The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will draft a quarterback this year. We don't know in what round. We don't know which player. But they've made it very clear that they want to add another player to the group of Josh McCown and Mike Glennon. Most notably, Jason Licht has repeatedly talked about franchise quarterbacks in this draft, and the need to take one. Ian Rapoport reported they want to draft a quarterback at number seven. They've been linked to both Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles, and they've brought in at least five quarterbacks for a visit, and worked out a few others.
Somehow, though, this doesn't appear to have sunk into the minds of the draftnik community, which by and large mocks Mike Evans and an offensive guard to the Bucs, regardless of the quarterbacks available.
Rotoworld's Evan Silva, Mocking the Draft's pair of Matthew Fairburn and Dan Kadar as well as Mel Kiper, and Eric Edholm and Shaun King all chose the trusted Mike Evans/offensive guard combination for their two-round mock drafts. Todd McShay instead picked up Mike Evans and a defensive end. Pat Kirwan, Bucky Brooks, Mike Huguenin, Daniel Jeremiah, Don Banks and Charles Davis stuck with one round, and all went with Mike Evans. Matt Smith went a little insane, as did Bryan Fischer, and both gave the Bucs Taylor Lewan which, as original as it may be, is just not going to happen. Doug Farrar at least made the sensible pick of Sammy Watkins.
That's fourteen mock drafts without a quarterback, against six with a quarterback: Dane Brugler and Chase Goodbread both gave the Bucs a quarterback at number seven in Blake Bortles. Rob Rang went with Teddy Bridgewater in the second round, while Pete Prisco chose Johnny Manziel in the first round, and Pewter Report and Justin Pawlowski both think the Bucs will go with Derek Carr. That's just four national draftniks giving the Bucs a quarterback, three of them with CBS Sports.
None of this is to say that the Buccaneers will definitely select a quarterback in the top two rounds of the draft. But the collective ignorance of the possibility is curious, to say the least. Don't be surprised if you see Tampa Bay with a new quarterback after the first two rounds of the 2014 NFL draft.