SMU QB Garrett Gilbert Visiting Bucs

By: Justin Pawlowski - on twitter: @CommishOnline

Jason Licht said earlier this off-season that he believed there were potential franchise quarterbacks in this year’s draft, but maybe not the names everyone is talking about.

The names that “everyone” has been talking about are Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, and Johnny Manziel, while Fresno State’s Derek Carr has now entered the conversation as well.

Bucs head coach Lovie Smith was noticeable at both Bortles’ and Manziel’s pro days, so it isn’t necessarily a secret that the Bucs could be looking for a quarterback of the future at some point in this upcoming NFL Draft. The question is not just who, but when they will take that player.

It appears the Bucs will be getting a visit soon by a quarterback who has potential, but might also be a late round pick in May.

Gilbert, the former Texas transfer, led SMU to a 5-5 record before he got injured in a game against USF. Gilbert threw for than 3,500 yards with 21 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

After not being invited to the combine in February, Gilbert’s strong pro day has helped his stock. Gilbert measured in at 6’4” 221 lbs and ran a 4.81 40-yard dash. He was also 87-88 on throws during his pro day, displaying a strong arm to all parts of the field.

Gilbert is expected to be a late round pick in May and a developmental quarterback. Perhaps Gilbert might be that magical quarterback he spoke about earlier in the off-season or the Bucs are just doing their due-diligence for a QB prospect most teams had little information on.

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

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