Many Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ fans have not been happy with the selection of Mike Glennon, quarterback from NC State, in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. It’s understandable to be a bit confused at selecting Glennon with bigger names like Matt Barkley still on the board, and it’s also reasonable to question why the Buccaneers would use a third round pick on the Wolfpack signal caller.
Here’s three reasons why there’s no need to panic about the Buccaneers taking Glennon in the third round:
- He might not have been there in the fourth round. There are compensatory picks at the end of the third round, which cannot be traded, meaning the Buccaneers would not be able to wheel and deal to make sure Glennon fell to them in round four. Trading picks to select Mike Glennon would be even more frustrating for the fans, so the Buccaneers took the safe road and took the QB they wanted.
- He’s a system fit. Glennon is tall, strong-armed, and makes every throw needed to be an NFL quarterback. He’s not ready to start at QB in the league, but he doesn’t have to. He has time to develop and work some snaps in practice in a system he will be able to do well in, as he’ll be able to use his big arm to get the football down the field.
- He’s Freeman insurance. Josh Freeman may not be back in 2014, because if he struggles, the Buccaneers may let him walk in free agency. This means the Bucs would need a quarterback, and rather than bringing in a rookie (and rookies are rarely ready to play in the league from day one), they’d have a guy who fits the system and knows the offense and is prepared after a year of waiting in the wings. Glennon did the same thing at NC State, sitting behind Russell Wilson before stepping into the starters’ role.
So I understand this isn’t the most popular pick the Buccaneers could have made. I will admit Glennon was not my favorite quarterback in this draft. But he’s obviously a young man that Greg Schiano likes, Mark Dominik is willing to sign off on, and that fits what the Buccaneers are looking to do going forward.
And remember this is the same team that brought in two All-Pro defensive backs this offseason. The same front office that snatched up Darrelle Revis in a very team-friendly deal. I think it’s reasonable to trust their judgement on this pick.