Sure Things For The Bucs’ Draft: Nos. 1 & 2May 5th, 2014
The drama of Joe’s countdown has been intense. And now the end has come.
Here are the top two things you can take to the bank regarding the Bucs’ 2014 draft:
No. 2: Jeremy Zuttah will be replaced
Translation: Zuttah was a talented, young, versatile fast learner capable of starting at multiple positions on the offensive line. That’s why the Ravens coughed up a draft pick for him and labeled him their starting center. The Bucs absolutely must at least replace Zuttah to fortify their painfully thin O-line. They need a rookie who potentially can play either guard position immediately. Lovie Smith and Jason Licht won’t overlook this pressing need.
No. 1: Jeff Tedford will pick the Bucs’ next quarterback
Translation: Lovie Smith did not hire longtime quarterbacks guru Jeff Tedford to not trust his assessments of the huge crop of college quarterbacks in the draft. If Lovie doesn’t trust Tedford, then this Bucs regime is doomed from the start. Joe is certain Tedford’s scouting of QBs is what the Bucs will be working from to choose their next quarterback with “franchise” potential. If Tedford has blessed four names, for example, then be sure the Bucs will leave this draft with one of them. A “swift decision” is coming.
Scroll down to find Nos. 3, 4 & 5 of Joe’s draft sure things.