Perfect Buccaneers 2023 draft fit starting to make an impression

Anthony Richardson, Buccaneers prospect (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
Anthony Richardson, Buccaneers prospect (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

The Buccaneers should be picking towards the end of the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft. That should pair them perfectly with Anthony Richardson.

Is it ever too soon to start looking ahead at the draft? Never, and the offseason is always a great time to start figuring out who the guys are that could become Buccaneers down the road.

No player is more exciting in that regard than University of Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson.

The Bucs have one last year of Tom Brady. After that, everything is up in the air at the most important position in sports.

Blaine Gabbert obviously isn’t the future, and Kyle Trask is still a question mark. The vast majority of quarterbacks are misses anyway, so the Bucs looking to the 2023 NFL Draft to hedge their bets with Trask is certainly within the realm of reason.

There is still a whole season that needs to be played and a bit of an uphill battle for the signal-caller on a new-look Florida team, but ESPN is starting to recognize what Richardson could be by the end of the year, and it might be time for Bucs fans to start keeping an eye on a guy that could be their next face of the franchise.

What does Richardson bring to the table? Think the opposite of Kyle Trask.

Where Trask got by despite his lack athleticism, Richardson was able to overcome his lack of experience and polish in his game due to his much higher speed and his much stronger arm.

There is probably no greater dichotomy in prospects than Trask and Richardson potentially being on the same team and competing for the same job.

Those who like traits will love Richardson. Those who like stats have already been able to sell themselves on Trask.

As for Richardson and his future despite limited play in college, the NFL is rewarding teams that take chances on traits above college stats. Look at Josh Allen vs. Josh Rosen.

Big arms and speed are becoming a staple for quarterbacks in the NFL. Accuracy and processing are obviously critical too, but you can teach those. You aren’t going to give Trask Richardson’s arm or legs.

There are a couple of other guys that could also fit with the Bucs in this much better quarterback class, and it should be time to keep an eye on them and what they could bring to the table in competition for the starting Buccaneers quarterback job.

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