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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Mike Glennon, QB from NC State in Round 3 of the 2013 NFL Draft: Grade and Information

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.

Dane Brugler of CBS Sports had this to say about Glennon:

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.

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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.

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  • Tray

    This was a b.s. pick…could’ve addressing several other positions before this selection…this one may come back to haunt us, because there are still several highly productive DT’s and OLB’s that would have been a far better pick here…I’m just dissappointed with this one!

    • LeoTPP

      I don’t mean to be a jerk, but name some of the “highly productive DT’s and OLB’s that were left? Not to mention those are literally the two least valuable positions for the Bucs, especially SLB (where Quincy played).

      • Tray

        DT’s included Jessie Williams, Brandon Williams, Akeem Spence, Everette Dawkins….and SLB is definitely a position that needs help because the current crop there isn’t too inspiring…OLB’s include Brandon Jenkins (and yes I know he’s coming off an injury), Chase Thomas, Jelani Jenkins…and if you want ILB’s, how about Nico Johnson, A.J. Klein, Vince Williams, Michael Mauti…man, there were several other options instead of this pick!

        • LeoTPP

          None of those guys are really that productive. None are starters from day one. Glennon was at the top of the Bucs draft board when their pick came up. Some of the guys you mentioned will be there in the fifth round!

          • Tray

            I know many of them will be there later, but my point is being that other positions should have been addressed before QB. I understand the uncertainty with Freeman, but he will ultimately be our QB going forth (and I have no doubt about that) and Glennon will eventually walk in FA because of this….Every backup always seems to be “that guy” when the starter is being questioned, but this is going to wind up being a wasted pick!

          • LeoTPP

            Name a guy taken after Glennon that is so much better than the guys still on the board that we made a huge mistake. You won’t find one. There’s still good players on the board who can provide depth. And we didn’t have a backup QB. Dan O. was re-signed to be the third QB.

            And how do you know Glennon will walk? If he’s good enough, we’ll trade him or find a way to keep him. It’s short sighted to say a third round talent is just going to walk in FA because Josh Freeman kept his job from him. Someone always needs a QB. There’s value to be had.

            We needed a backup QB. There was no waste at all here. Just because you don’t see him as a third round pick doesn’t mean it wasn’t a valuable pick. Glennon provides a backup who can do everything Freeman can do in terms of throwing the football. That’s a valuable asset to have. If something happens to Josh (injury, suspension, playing awful) we have someone to plug in with a similar skill-set.

          • Tray

            only time will tell with this one, but I’m still not sold right now…the fact of the matter is he’s here now, so welcome to Tampa Bay…Go Bucs!!!