Round 6, Pick 208: Gardner Minshew, QB, Washington State
Gardner Minshew and his moustache were quite the hit last season in the college football world, and after a great campaign at Washington State he found himself as a Heisman finalist. Now, the mustache moves from one corner of the country to the other after being selected by the Buccaneers here in the sixth round.
Minshew had limited time as a starter but was very successful and showed a great awareness while working in the pocket. Minshew struggles with accuracy at times but has a knack for keeping plays alive and making something out of nothing. He played so well in his Senior season that he received an invite to Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl at the end of February.
Throwing for 4,779 yards and 28 touchdowns, compared to only nine interceptions while completing a massive 71 percent of his passes has Minshew talked about being drafted at all after transferring from East Carolina to Washington State. Minshew put quite the nice icing on the cake of his college football career in 2018.
Minshew is not expected to be much more than an average NFL starter but could project as an elite backup quarterback who can provided quality starts in a reserve role. With questions about the future of Jameis Winston, Minshew is worth a chance late into day three for the Buccaneers.