I had another opportunity to talk scout Chris Landry Friday on the Steve Duemig Show. Chris is one of the best in the business and talked about some of the quarterbacks who the Tampa Bay Bucaneers might consider selecting in the 2014 NFL draft.
First Chris gave his opinion on Blake Bortles, who played his college football at nearby UCF, and what the Bucs might do in terms of picking a quarterback in the upcoming draft.
Blake Bortles, I like a lot. But you got to understand, he's a major project. He's got great physical skills, who you would love to develop. But we go through this every year, so let's bring it out again, you can probably replay from last year and the year before. Quarterbacks are going to be overvalued. Third-round guys are going to go in the top half of the first round because, if you don't have one, the whole organization is consumed with getting one.
Then Chris talked about what the Bucs might do regarding the current quarterback situation.
So to answer your question, what will the Bucs do? It depends on what Jason [Licht] and Lovie [Smith] think of Mike Glennon. I can tell you what he'll [Lovie Smith] do with Mike Glennon. It's very similar to what they did with the previous coaching staff. But Lovie is even better at it. In that, they are going to run the football behind a really good offensive line, and they are going to make sure they are good up front again. They are going to run the football with Glennon or any young quarterback. They are going to run safe pass and make it quarterback friendly.
Landry then talked about current starting quarterback Mike Glennon and also the possibility of drafting Derek Carr from Fresno State.
Mike Glennon right now is the quarterback. There is the possibility that he is. We don't know who they will get [at quarterback], because I'm going to get to that in a second. Whoever it is, if it's a guy like Mike Glennon, Lovie will make it quarterback friendly, and the quarterback is going to protect the football and don't turn it over. So, that's what his role is going to be. If they can, you would obviously like to upgrade from Mike Glennon. Can you do that? I mean how effective can you do that? The answer to your question is taking Derek Carr there [pick No. 7 in the first round] too high. Well, they are going to pass over better players to take a position of need. That's a bigger picture issue. You got other needs too, but nothing is more important than the quarterback position. Are you in love with Derek Carr? Than it makes sense there.
Carr had a solid Senior Bowl performance yesterday, as he completed 7-of-12 passes with a touchdown in the South's 20-10 win over the North. For the 2013 season, Carr threw 50 touchdown passes compared to just eight picks for 5,082 yards. For his career at Fresno State, Carr threw 113 touchdown passes versus 24 picks for 12,842 yards.
Landry then talked about who not to take in the upcoming draft.
There is no sense in taking another Mike Glennon. Somebody who has some skills, but is limited. You haven't accomplished anything. And that type of competition doesn't do you a whole lot of good. You need real competition.
Chris then talked about Jimmy Garoppolo, who played very well in the recent East-West Shrine game in St. Petersburg last weekend. Garoppolo also played in the Senior Bowl, as he completed 6-of-11 passes for 32 yards for the South.
"I like Jimmy Garoppolo a lot. I like him a lot. I don't like his hand size, it concerns me, but I like him a lot," Landry said. "I would take him in the second round over taking the top guys of where I would have to take them."
Landry talked again about what he saw from Carr this week at the practices leading up to the game Saturday at the Senior Bowl.
Derek Carr threw the ball as good as anybody this week at the Senior Bowl. I think he's got a real good arm. That's important. Why? Because most of his passes were short passes in college. But he can make the throws.
Finally, Chis talked about some of the other senior quarterbacks, including Bortles.
[A.J.] McCarron [Alabama] is limited physically. [Zach] Mettenberger [LSU] can't move real well, but has a gun for an arm. I mean, you got a lot of just "guys". Just a bunch of "guys". [David] Fales [San Jose State] is an intriguing guy. To me, there are not a lot of sure things. Even [Teddy] Bridgewater [Louisville], who I like, is limited. Bortles...I love Blake Bortles. I'd love to have him. I'm not taking him in the top 10. Because he's a guy who when I'm done with him may get a second-round grade. But that's going to put him in the first round for somebody who doesn't have one [a quarterback].