Jamie Newman could be a steal
The Buccaneers need a quarterback to follow up Tom Brady. Brady has just turned 43 and will be with Tampa Bay for the next two seasons, but not much longer after that. The Bucs don’t have anyone else on the roster who could be a viable future option, so finding a player to take that role needs to be prioritized.
While drafting may be dangerous given the circumstances, the Bucs could take a shot on a player like Jamie Newman at the end of the first round or the beginning of the second.
Newman has shown the talent necessary to transition to the next level, and he wouldn’t be forced into a starting role before he is ready. If the college football season is indeed shortened further, Newman may not have a chance to force his way up draft boards.
The top-three quarterbacks are all loved by draft analysts, which could push Newman into the Buccaneers’ reach. Tampa doesn’t need another quarterback yet, but the future still needs to be prepared for.
If Newman fails to pop during the season but still shows some of the natural talent and understanding to be worth the risk, the Buccaneers could find their next franchise quarterback without having to trade up into the top of the first round.