Another draft pick for the Buccaneers
There is a lot of buzz surrounding the top quarterbacks in the class, but there are also plenty of developmental options for the later rounds. Names like Kellen Mond have skyrocketed up draft boards after the Senior Bowl and a questionable quarterback rating list by Chris Simms, and the Buccaneers can take advantage of this as well.
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At best, Mond is a day three pick. Given what is going on with the craziness surrounding some of the prospects, the Buccaneers will likely miss out on Mond, but this could lead to another equally valuable option.
Jamie Newman is far from a year one starter, but his upside as a developmental quarterback is one of the best of the late-round options. Newman has a strong arm, mobility, and poise outside of the pocket, and the Bucs can use these talents to create a starter to follow up Brady down the road.
The best thing about Newman is his low price. As a prospect that should be available on day three as well, the Bucs will waste next to nothing with this selection. Even if Newman doesn’t pan out, a wasted fifth-round pick on the most important position is far from a bad decision.
Tampa Bay has to start preparing for the future now, and a longshot on the quarterback position on a player like Newman with all the tools to be successful is exactly what’s needed to prevent a Blaine Gabbert-related future.
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