“At That Point, They Have To Go Quarterback”February 28th, 2014
Don’t count TampaBay.com Bucs beat writer Rick Stroud as a member of the Mike Glennon Mob.
Stroud took a look at NFL Network draft guru Daniel Jeremiah’s latest mock draft and believes, if Jeremiah’s scenario played out, the Bucs absolutely would be forced to draft a quarterback with franchise-QB potential at the No. 7 overall pick.
Jeremiah lays out the following order:
1) Jadeveon Clowney (Houston)
2) Greg Robinson (St. Louis)
3) Khalil Mack (Jacksonville)
4) Sammy Watkins (Cleveland)
5) Johnny Football (Oakland)
6) Jake Matthews (Atlanta)
That would leave esteemed quarterback hopefuls Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles on the board and leads to a no-brainer situation for the Bucs, Stroud said passionately today on WDAE-AM 620.
“You have to. You’re sitting here with a third-round pick in Mike Glennon,” Stroud said. “And so you would think at that point they have to go quarterback.”
Stroud made the case that teams like Houston and Jacksonville will prefer more surefire picks like Clowney and Mack, versus the possibly risky/overvalued members of this year’s QB class.
Joe doesn’t buy Stroud’s line of thinking completely. Joe would be thoroughly flabbergasted if Jacksonville doesn’t draft a quarterback with its first pick. And Joe thinks it’s darn likely the Rams trade down. Of course, there’s also another big X-factor here: the next home of Michael Vick.
But Joe does agree with Stroud on the Bucs’ attitude in this potential scenario. Passing on Bridgewater is simply unimaginable.