Clobbering The Quarterback ClassApril 10th, 2014
After last year’s pre-draft happy talk about Mike Glennon and Geno Smith, now it’s time for the 2014 edition of Phil Simms’ annual look at quarterbacks in the NFL Draft, via CBSSports.com.
Simms, the former Giants quarterback, is not feeling the love from this year’s giant crop of QBs. And that makes Joe happy on a sunny day with (plummeting?) Johnny Football in town for an intense visit at One Buc Palace.
The negativity keeps pouring in from various angles. And that can only help make a superstar prospect like Johnny Football or Teddy Bridgewater fall to the QB-needy Bucs at the No. 7 overall pick. Yes, the Bucs need a quarterback with a lot more upside than Glennon and Josh McCown possess.
Simms says Blake Bortles doesn’t throw easily and Johnny Football is a circus. Here’s more on two other hopefuls.
3. Teddy Bridgewater: Simms was quick to say Bridgewater’s spotty pro day performance was a “red flag.” The Louisville QB should have looked a lot better than he did and some of his bad throw tendencies that show up in games were present at the pro day.
We focused on the glove Bridgewater wore during the season and what it meant. Simms said, “The glove is important to him because it hides a deficiency in his motion. Bridgewater is not a classic thrower, he dips under his ball and the elbow drops, the glove saves his throws.” Simms also felt Bridgewater’s arm faded late in the season, which is a concern.
4. Derek Carr: Simms was surprised I asked about Carr in the same context of the other three because he hadn’t heard anyone talk about the Fresno State QB along with the others.
Simms said some would hold his brother (onetime No. 1 overall pick David Carr) against him, but wasn’t sold on Derek Carr as a first-round talent anyway. Simms did say Carr can spin the ball and has some God-given talent, but there are just too many screens and lob balls to get excited. As for Carr’s mechanics, Simms thought he was a bit tight and too much like he’s been lifting a lot of weights.
Joe doesn’t discount Simms’ analysis (you can click-through above to read) but Joe is simply not scared off by the criticism. It was clear months ago that all the QBs in this class have question marks that take them out of can’t-miss status. There are no Andrew Lucks here. But that doesn’t mean a quarterback won’t make sense for the Bucs at No. 7.
Jason Licht has said he’s all about “value.” Well, considering the peanuts that first-round quarterbacks earn for the their first five years under the rookie salary cap, a QB certainly could be good value at that position. If Glennon or McCown thrive, they’ll bee looking for gargantuan contracts soon long before a 2014 first-round pick.
But that kind of talk is for bean counters. A successful quarterback is worth a ton. Joe simply thinks the Bucs’ best shot for one lies in the draft.