QB “Strategy” Or QB Freefall?April 14th, 2014
Could it be that every single quarterback in the draft will be on the board when it comes time for the Bucs to pick at No. 7 overall?
Well, that’s what fight-instigating, barista-training, pedestrian-bumping, olive oil-lapping, popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, fried-chicken-eating, oatmeal-loving, circle-jerking, beer-chugging, cricket-watching, scone-loathing, college football-naïve, baseball box score-reading Peter King of SI.com and NBC Sports Fame is hearing from his vast array of sources.
King writes today that QB love is not in the air and the teams picking before the Bucs will go with what they see as surer bets.
5. A few teams with quarterback needs have an interesting strategy. I’ve heard that at least four quarterback-needy teams—Houston (first pick), Jacksonville (3), Cleveland (4) and Oakland (5)—are strongly considering passing on quarterbacks with their first picks and waiting until their second or third selections. Simple reason: They’re not in love with any of the quarterbacks, and there are too many other good players who are surer things than a quarterback you have sincere doubts about. For that reason, there could be more quarterbacks taken in round two than round one. For instance, Jacksonville really likes Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois, and he’d likely be there high in the second round when the Jags pick again, at 39.
It intrigues Joe that King called this a “strategy” of the Texans, Jags, Browns and Raiders. That’s some quality spin. The reality is King is hearing guys like Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Football are freefalling and poised for a Brady Quinn Experience come draft day.
Not a lot of teams are in the market for a starting quarterback. Heck, only the Bucs and Vikings are needy in the entire 16-team NFC.
Joe’s not buying any of the smoke King is inhaling and regurgitating. Draft time is the Season of Smoke. The odds of Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Football staring the Bucs in the face at No. 7 are woefully slim.