More Quarterback Freefall NonsenseApril 17th, 2014
In this Season of Smoke, aka the 10 weeks leading up the NFL Draft, it amazes Joe how expert analysts who quickly will tell you the NFL is a passing league all about quarterback play now somehow believe a long list of QB-needy teams will pass on a quarterback in the first round.
Joe puts no credence in this popular nonsense. Forget about the Bucs for a minute, Joe will be stunned if the Jaguars pass on a first-round QB with the No. 3 overall pick.
Are we really to believe that in Year 2 of the Gus Bradley regime in Jacksonville there will be no emphasis on drafting a premier QB prospect with the No. 3 overall pick? We’re to believe that third-year owner Shahid Khan, who paid about $750 million for the Jags, doesn’t expect to go all-in with a new face of his franchise? Someone other than Chad Henne?
That’s just not happening. The top college QBs will not freefall, as NBC Sports/Rotoworld.com analyst Josh Norris suggests in his latest mock draft.
With every QB on the board, Norris has the Bucs going wide receiver with their No. 7 overall pick.
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WR Odell Beckham Jr., LSU - There is no doubt in my mind that OBJ is a top three receiver in this class, and it is in the realm of possibility he becomes the best prospect at the position from the group. He offers a vertical style and wins in contested situations better than most receivers his size.
Now Beckham is an excellent, versatile talent, but Joe’s confident he’s a needless reach at No. 7, especially in a draft that’s deep with wide receiver talent. Joe also can’t help but thinking Beckham is a bit like departed stabbing victim and stripper-pole advocate Mike Williams, who possesses similar acrobatic ability.
Regardless, Joe’s sure the draft isn’t going to shake out with Beckham as the Bucs’ target at No. 7 – while every QB is on the board. Joe believes the Bucs would be far hungrier for Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Football in the scenario painted in Norris’ mock draft. Lovie Smith and Jason Licht are too smart not to take the best available quarterback, provided they believe one somewhere in the draft is capable of being their franchise guy.