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Don't Panic! The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Will Survive Even After Drafting Mike Glennon

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.

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  • Tony Brown

    After seeing our franchise acquire Goldson and Revis… and now Banks (my 2nd favorite CB prospect in the draft), I’m not gonna complain over a 3rd round pick that I disagree with. But missing out on Damontre Moore hurt. We basically gave Matt Barkey the finger too. lol
    I’d like to see Dominik go after Marcus Lattimore in the 4th tomrrow, or Stephan Taylor if Lattimore is gone. Then use the 2nd 4th on Alex Okafor or Brandon Jenkins. Then just go BPA on the last few picks, I guess. We’d then be set.

    • LeoTPP

      Barkley doesn’t have the cannon arm needed to run this offense. That’s why Glennon was higher on the Bucs’ board.

      And there’s a reason Moore fell to where he did. The Giants are the perfect spot for him, because he’s a hybrid guy and fits in with their scheme well. Not sure what he’d do in our system except maybe pass rush on 3rd down and move Clayborn inside? Plus, he’s got off the field concerns and work ethic concerns, two things Coach Schiano isn’t fond of.

      • Tony Brown

        I, for one, am glad we passed on Barkley. After Palmer, Leinart, and Sanchez, every team is sceptical about drafting USC QBs.

        • LeoTPP


  • Garrett Phillips

    Glennon screams Kirk Cousins pick to me. All about value. Could be interesting trade bait if Freeman gets an extension.