“With The Fifth Pick, The Bucs Select …”December 7th, 2013
All around good guy and NFL analyst Peter Schrager — you may be familiar with his work on “Inside the NFL,” his columns and draft research for FoxSports.com or his regular Sunday night hits on FOX News Network — decided, what the hell, let’s give NFL fans what they want.
Therefore, Schrager decided to post his first mock draft for 2014, yup, some five months away.
Like some Bucs fans who clamor for Johnny Football or Teddy Bridgewater, Schrager too feels the Bucs will go for an offensive skill position player. But not quarterback.
No, Schrager sees the Bucs going for Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
*—Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Is Mike Glennon the guy at quarterback? I think so. Of course, a lot can change with four weeks left in the season. Anthony Barr could be the guy here, but Watkins and Vincent Jackson could form one of the top receiving duos in the NFL. Watkins has all the tools to be an NFL great.
Now Joe sort of likes the way Schrager is thinking here. The Bucs are not going to draft a corner; not going to draft a linebacker and something tells Joe the Bucs would try to trade/sign a free agent defensive end before they would go after someone in the draft (Jadeveon Clowney) because Bucs commander Greg Schiano will be under a win-now-or-else edict from Team Glazer.
If Glennon is truly the guy at quarterback, then drafting someone like Watkins could give the Bucs a lethal passing attack along with Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams, since Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan is not a tight end kinda guy.
Joe is still leaning toward Jake Matthews at offensive tackle, and praying that Johnny Football slips so the Bucs can trade back up into the first round and grab the pride of Texas.
Ah, but a lot will happen between now and May.