The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected Mike Glennon, quarterback from North Carolina State in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Glennon is a very tall, very strong-armed quarterback out of the ACC, standing six feet seven inches tall. He’s got a strong enough arm to make all of the throws in the NFL, but isn’t consistent in his reads and decisions.
STRENGTHS: Ideal height to see over defenses. Accurate on the move, showing the ability to square his shoulders while rolling right and delivering an accurate ball. Very good arm strength. Throws a tight spiral with very good velocity and the confidence to thread the needle against tight coverage. Showed improved recognition of defenses as a senior.
WEAKNESSES: Has just two seasons as a starting quarterback and saw his completion rate drop and interceptions rise last season. Lacks the athleticism to escape pressure and has erratic accuracy when forced to re-set his feet, making him vulnerable to pressure. Highly inconsistent throughout the week of practice and in the Saturday game at the Senior Bowl.
Sounds a lot like the QB the Buccaneers already have, doesn’t it?
Glennon threw for 4031 yards in his senior season, with 31 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He completed 58.5 percent of his passes in 2012, just below his 60.6% average for his career.
There is a lot of narrative in the media that Glennon was brought in to put pressure on Josh Freeman, and try to inspire the best out of him. I believe it’s more a contingency plan for 2014, as the Buccaneers may be without a quarterback if they fail to re-sign Freeman once his contract expires. Spending a third round pick is not that steep a price to provide a backup plan for next year, and Glennon has the arm and the size to be a solid player in this league. He’s got Joe Flacco-like measurables, and could develop into a viable NFL starter.
Give us your grade of the Buccaneers selecting Glennon:
I personally give the pick a C. He’s not the worst player on the board at the position, and fits the Buccaneers’ current downfield passing game. He’s not being brought in to take over right away, so it’s the perfect situation for him to grow and possibly succeed.
Matt Barkley from USC was still on the board, but he doesn’t have the same raw skills that Glennon has. There were certainly other options, but Mark Dominik and his team decided to go with a signal caller to develop for the future.