Lovie Smith: “You Have To Consider” Taking a QB in the 1st Round

By: Justin Pawlowski - on twitter: @Commishonline

Bucs head coach Lovie Smith let us in a little on the thinking the franchise currently has on incumbent starting quarterback Mike Glennon.

While at the NFL scouting combine, Lovie Smith said the Bucs might be eyeing a quarterback with the 7th overall pick.

“I know enough about that draft to know, yeah, there’s someone that would be worthy of the seventh pick because everything is on the board right now,” Smith said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “Whenever you have a chance to get a franchise quarterback, you have to consider that.”

Smith and offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford had nice things to say about Glennon when they first arrived, but it’s becoming apparent that the team might be looking to upgrade the position.

“Mike did some good things. But he did some good things as a rookie,” Smith said. “To say right now that Mike is the answer and he’s our quarterback of the future and we’re going to build around him and give him a 20-year contract right now, you’re not there. . . .

“You have a plan. But if you ask me do I think we can win games with Mike Glennon? I’m going to say, “yeah, we can win games with Mike Glennon.’ If you ask me would you like to upgrade the position? I’m not running around the question. That’s a yes, too. If you ask me, would you like a veteran? Yeah. Really, that’s the case. It all has to go together. You have to look at what’s available at other positions, too.”

Currently, the Bucs only have Glennon and Mike Kafka as quarterbacks on the roster, so additions are certain.

I believe the Bucs are not just looking for competition at quarterback moving forward, they’re still looking for “the guy.”

Follow Justin Pawlowski on twitter @Commishonline for updates on the NFL Draft and the Buccaneers.

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