Bucs Out Of Position For Johhny FootballDecember 21st, 2013
The Godfather, Gil Brandt, the renowned old-school Cowboys architect currently working for NFL.com and NFL Radio, is starting to weigh in heavy on the NFL Draft.
Joe is jacked up. It’s almost Christmas, but it’s never to early to think about the second Christmas, aka the NFL Draft.
As Joe wrote after the Bucs fell to the 49ers, the Bucs are sitting in position for the seventh overall pick of the 2014 draft. Brandt, now 80 years old, is a widely respected voice (boy, was he right about Josh Freeman). He broke down the top-6 current draft positions and notes that at least four will want quarterbacks — Houston, Oakland, Jacksonville and Cleveland.
So much hinges on Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater’s decision on entering the draft (he’d be nuts not to). Brandt speculates that Bridgewater’s entry could prompt a trade that lands Johnny Football in Houston, who’s in line for the No. 1 overall pick.
Houston might consider trading down with the Browns, sign a veteran QB and draft a quarterback like Fresno State’s Derek Carr or maybe Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel. Carr will be an interesting name in the draft, and a lot can change over the next few months, beginning with his performance in the Dec. 21 Las Vegas Bowl against USC and continuing into the combine.
Cleveland is positioned now with the No. 6 pick and also has a stable of draft picks, including a late first-rounder to play with.
Joe doesn’t hide that, as of today, he’d like to see Johnny Football under the Bucs’ Christmas tree. That’s no knock on Mike Glennon. The jury’s still out on him. But Joe sees Johnny Football as a special talent. And there’s no reason the Bucs can’t have both quarterbacks competing next season, especially with young Johnny reporting to training camp at 21 years old with a five-year rookie contract.
Brandt also touches on some later options. “A few quarterbacks likely to be available for the Rams in Rounds 3-4 are Georgia’s Aaron Murray, San Jose State’s David Fales, Miami’s Stephen Morris and — here’s a curveball — Cornell’s Jeffrey Matthews.” Joe’s already expressed that he thinks Murray would be great value in that range.
Regardless, there is a lot at stake on Sunday for the Bucs that has nothing to do with Greg Schiano’s job. Jacksonville and Cleveland have winnable games (as do the Bucs).