With the NFL’s scouting combine starting this week, front office personnel from around the league are trying to figure out where the top quarterbacks in this year’s NFL draft will come off the board and how it will affect their team.
Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater had been the favorite for top quarterback in this draft throughout most of the 2013 season, but Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and UCF’s Blake Bortles have gotten most of the headlines since the season came to its end. Each of these quarterbacks have been considered sure-fire top 10 draft picks.
One NFL scout told Bengals.com that the top quarterbacks in this draft do not deserve a pick in the 1st round. This scout said that each of these quarterbacks have “enough pros and cons” to be deserving of no more than the 35th pick of the draft in the 2nd round.
The Bucs currently have last year’s 3rd round pick in Mike Glennon at quarterback, but will look to add more bodies to the position. I do not feel any quarterback in free agency would be a clear-cut improvement over the Bucs’ incumbent starter. If the Bucs were going to find a quarterback with more ability and talent, they’d have to do it in the draft.
For me, every draft is its own animal. To compare draft to draft is unfair. A true scout would not place a number or round on a draft pick. Scouts should determine whether a player can be a pro bowler, a starter, a backup, etc…
The top three quarterbacks in this draft each have their own unique skillset. If a team is smart, they will draft one of these quarterbacks and look to tap into the strengths that made them one of the top prospects in this draft. Whether you like them or not, Manziel, Bridgewater, and Bortles each have positives that smart offensive minds will find a way to exploit for their teams.
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