BY: John Mamola / 620wdae.com
The 2014 NFL Draft is just under fourth months away when the best and brightest of the college game have their names announced as they enter the gates of the NFL. After finishing the 2013 season with a record of 4-12, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers find themselves with the seventh overall pick in the coming draft. But what should the pewter and red do with such a high selection?
Yesterday it was announced that rookie quarterback Mike Glennon was awarded the top rookie quarterback honor by the Pro Football Writers of America. However could the Buccaneers be looking at a quarterback with that seventh overall selection? NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly believes the Bucs won’t have the option to select one of the top names in the draft (Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel) at that position.
“My gut is no (that a top QB will be available at seven)” said Casserly. The former GM of the Redskins and Texans said that teams that need a quarterback in the first six picks will take the top QB available simply based on the teams’ belief they won’t be able to get a QB in the later rounds.
Casserly says that although this method of thinking hasn’t worked for some teams in the past finding a franchise type quarterback, he thinks it might happen this year.
“Ponder (MIN) who has not worked out. Gabbert (JAX) who has not worked out. You could have the same mindset that we need a quarterback, we like these guys and we’re not going to get one in the second round” said Casserly. “That’s the mindset that goes into it, and I think it’ll happen again this year. Perhaps it will work good this year.”