National Beat Writers Draft Offers HopeApril 3rd, 2014
Every year NFL Network goes through a wise and telling exercise. One day at a time, they talk to a beat reporter of each NFL team — in draft order — and get that insider’s pick on who his/her team will draft based on the selections made prior to his/her turn.
It’s a mock draft with credibility and insight.
Here are the first six picks of 2014, rolled out on NFL AM over the past week.
1) Texans: Blake Bortles
2) Rams: Jadeveon Clowney
3) Jaguars: Sammy Watkins
4) Browns: Derek Carr
5) Raiders: Khalil Mack
6) Falcons: Greg Robinson
And that brings us to the Buccaneers, sitting at No. 7 overall.
Tampa Bay Times writer Rick Stroud told the NFL AM crew yesterday that the Bucs would be “delighted” to select Johnny Manziel, aka Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Football. Stroud went on to talk about how Lovie Smith spent a lot of time watching college football during his off year of 2013, and that Lovie was impressed by Johnny Football and would welcome the chance to ease in Johnny Football with Josh McCown on the roster.
See, it’s not just Joe who is confident Lovie and general manager Jason Licht would pounce at the chance to upgrade the quarterback position with a major talent.
In Chicago, Lovie coughed up two first-round picks, Kyle Orton and a third-rounder to get bratty Jay Cutler. The chance to draft Johnny Football, or Teddy Bridgewater in this scenario, would have to feel like a bargain from the heavens, especially in the pressure-free Year 1 of the regime.
All that aside, Joe isn’t confident in this draft scenario. The Rams aren’t going to draft Clowney, and the new Jaguars owner is too smart not to draft a quarterback.