Update: Greg Auman would later correct his statement, and say that the Bucs hadn’t actually met with Bortles again:
The article will remain as it was, as the points about the quarterback position remain the same.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have spent most of the offseason filling needs across the roster, meaning they’ll be able to take the best player available when they are on the clock in this summer’s NFL Draft, regardless of position.
And given the importance of the quarterback position, and the Buccaneers (and Lovie Smith’s) poor history at the position, the Bucs may be preparing to add a top quarterback from this year’s rookie crop. Their decision to meet with certain prospects certainly lines up with that hypothesis.
According to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, the Bucs met with UCF QB Blake Bortles ahead of his Wednesday Pro Day.
This would be the Bucs’ second meeting with Bortles, after previously meeting with him at the Combine, according to Walter Football.
The Buccaneers have also met with Johnny Manziel, and held multiple meetings with Eastern Illinois product Jimmy Garoppolo. And while they haven’t been reported, the team has almost certainly met with Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr, as well.
I’ve provided my thoughts on some of the top quarterbacks already, and believe that Bortles and Bridgewater come out ahead of Carr, who is ahead of Manziel. But the Buccaneers will do their own scouting, and may see any of the four players as being worthy of the seventh pick (or a trade up or down in the first round).
Either way, it’s encouraging to see the team doing their homework at the QB position, as Josh McCown is not a long-term answer, and Mike Glennon doesn’t seem to have the trust of the current regime.