Sep 14, 2013; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) before the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft Mock: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Try Again to Get a Franchise QB, Select Marcus Mariota

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke released his latest 2014 NFL Draft mock today, which he admits involves a good amount of guessing. With the Buccaneers picking third in his version of the draft, the choice was clear: The Buccaneers need to get a franchise QB.

Here’s the pick and explanation from Burke.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Had a tough time with this pick, mainly because it seems like the Buccaneers are far higher than most on Mike Glennon. Obviously, if they deem him their QB of the future, this pick heads elsewhere — likely on one of the top offensive tackles or wide receivers. Barring that, this team still needs a quarterback.

This pick would absolutely thrill me. Marcus Mariota is a fantastic athlete with tons of raw arm talent and incredible speed. He’s comparable to Colin Kaepernick in many ways, but has a ceiling that may exceed the ceiling of the talented 49ers’ QB.

And the decision to take a quarterback would be more clear than Burke makes it out to be. If the Buccaneers select third in the draft, they finished with a very, very bad record. That means GM Mark Dominik is gone, and a new GM will start over with a new coach, QB, and offensive system. Mariota represents a massive change in scheme and ideals from Josh Freeman and Mike Glennon, so it’s unlikely that Greg Schiano and Mike Sullivan would add the Oregon Duck superstar if they’re still in charge.

If the Buccaneers pick third, who would you like to see them select in the draft? Should they go for a franchise left tackle? How about a pass rusher? Or should they focus on getting a new signal caller and replacing Josh Freeman. Sound off in the comments below.

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  • Bob Ripperdan

    I saw another mock that has us taking Boyd at #2… Thoughts

    • Leo Howell

      Not a fan, if I’m honest. He’s got a good arm and good legs, but I just prefer the other guys. I don’t think he’s the second best in this draft, but many people I respect do.

    • LeoTPP

      Not a fan of his as compared to the other options in this draft. He’s a fantastic athlete, though. I just feel like he has a lower ceiling than some of the other guys.

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  • Tony Brown

    I’ve been on the Macus Mariota bandwagon since about Week 5ish. If you ask me, he’s by far the best QB prospect in this year’s class; head and shoulders above Bridgewater, Boyd, and all others.
    Let’s hope our next coach and GM are smart enough to get this guy.