Peter Schrager has the Buccaneers going in a unique direction in the 2021 NFL Draft.
It is officially Draft season when mock drafts start coming out that feature teams making selections that no one saw coming. Analysts such as Peter Schrager are generally well informed and plugged in to showcase their projections, but none of us thought the Buccaneers would target Davis Mills at 32 in the 2021 NFL Draft.
To be clear, Schrager is a credible source that has reasons for putting this together, and Mills is not a horrible quarterback, but the fit simply is not there.
While everyone knows that the Buccaneers need to prepare for a future without Tom Brady, there are better ways to go about doing this.
The Buccaneers don’t need Davis Mills in the 2021 NFL Draft
The first hole in this prediction is the Buccaneer mentality on the draft. Bruce Arians and Jason Licht have shown that they believe this team is in a clear championship window, so drafting for the future is mainly off the table, especially at the quarterback position.
Tom Brady is on the roster for at least the next two seasons, so taking a rookie quarterback to likely sit behind Blaine Gabbert for two years is a questionable use of resources.
In addition to this selection countering the win-now mentality, Mills is also not the most exciting option for a first-round pick. Mills has a minimal body of work, and the only real time he has ever popped was during his Pro Day.
Mills did well when given the chance to throw in the low-stakes scenario that is a Pro Day and was able to show off his above-average athleticism well, but this again comes back to need. Mills certainly isn’t beating out Tom Brady, so this is a weak solution to a future problem.
What most people don’t understand is that the Buccaneers don’t need a QB with so much priority this season. They could absolutely stand to add a long shot like Kellen Mond or Jamie Newman in one of the later rounds to see if they are eventually a fit, but reaching on a quarterback that isn’t a first-round talent is treating this as a bigger problem than it is.
The safest bet for the Buccaneers is to take a raw quarterback in one of the later rounds to replace Ryan Griffin and evaluate under Brady for a year, and if this doesn’t pan out, Tampa Bay still has two more draft classes to find a better replacement for Brady than Mills. One will likely show up.
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