Jan 25, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA; South squad quarterback Derek Carr of Fresno State (4) walks off the field after throwing a touchdown pass to South squad tight end Crockett Gilmore of Colorado State (not pictured) against the North squad during the first quarter at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers #7 NFL Draft Pick: Who Would I Take?

My rundown through the entire first round of the NFL draft continues as I examine the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who hold the #7 pick in the first round.

The Pick:  Derek Carr – QB – Fresno State

A debate continues to rage about whether Johnny Manziel or Derek Carr is the next best quarterback.  Coming out of FresnoState some critics got down on Carr because of his bowl performance against USC but the fact is he was the best quarterback in college football statistically.  He’s got the best arm in terms of strength, has good accuracy, deceptive athleticism and a tall 6’4″ frame.  Talent-wise there isn’t much to hate about him.

Why:  Lovie Smith vowed to consider a quarterback

Yes, it’s true that when Lovie Smith said the Buccaneers were seriously considering a quarterback it could be just a smokescreen but that doesn’t dismiss facts.  During his time in Chicago the veteran coach failed miserably to find a quarterback, forcing him to seek out Jay Cutler via trade and even then he couldn’t handle it because of the constant upheaval on the offensive staff.  Now he has a renowned quarterback guru in Jeff Tedford running things, the same man who coached Aaron Rodgers.  For the first time Smith has a real shot at getting his franchise quarterback via the draft and Carr is very similar to Rodgers in terms of skill set.

Argument:  Sammy Watkins and Anthony Barr are still available

There are a few quality arguments to be made against this pick.  Most notably is that a number of higher rated players are still available that fit team needs.  Dynamic wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who provides that speed element Tedford said is missing from the Bucs offense is still up there and would make an ideal compliment to Vincent Jackson.  Another is Anthony Barr out of UCLA.  The physically gifted outside linebacker has amazing raw potential as a pass rusher, something TampaBay badly needs in their defensive front seven.

Counter-argument:  Carr is more talented than Mike Glennon

Honestly, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would do well selecting those players but if their end game is winning a Super Bowl then getting the most talented quarterback they possibly can must be their stated goal.  Mike Glennon showed some promise at times last season but Carr is simply more talented.  That’s a fact.  Not only is he more mobile than Glennon but he also has a better arm.  Getting trumped in those two key categories makes this pick in the NFL draft worth it.

That is why I would take Derek Carr if I were in charge.  What are your thoughts?

Tags: Derek Carr Lovie Smith NFL Draft Sammy Watkins Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • TheFrasier707

    There is no franchise qb in this draf

    • Dyczko_89

      I believe that after the smoke clears the best QB out of this draft is gonna end up being Blake Bortles. Keep an eye to where Zach Mettenberg lands as well, if this kid ends up in AZ with Bruce Arians or in Tennessee with Whisenhunt this kid could be a probowl participant year after year.

  • TheFrasier707

    There isn’t a franchise qb in this draft.none of them should go in the 1st round.they will like always teams will reach.lovie & the bucs won’t reach for a qb.trust the board & take the best fit 4 the bucs at that spot.

    • Erik Lambert

      People get so caught up in that term “franchise quarterback.” You don’t need a franchise quarterback to win a championship, but you do at least need a good quarterback. Derek Carr is a good quarterback with the potential to become a great one.

      • Sinclair Phos

        Erik, but you do need a franchise QB to be a consistent championship caliber football team, which is something the Bucs will NEVER be with Lovie Smith as their head football coach.

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  • TheFrasier707

    Totally I like Carr but with the 7th pix get the best player on the board & that’s not a qb.let clev & oak reach for a qb.there r afew good qbs who will b free agents the bucs should sign.

    • Joe

      Really? None of these free agent QBS are young and can push Glennon. Teddy is a franchise QB. Your grammar is almost as bad a your analysis

      • Dyczko_89

        Joe, watch out you don’t end up with another Major Harris, Akili Smith or Vince Young in Teddy Bridgewater. Just sayin’.

  • Dyczko_89

    Erick, right with you there. How many “rings” does Marino have? or Waren Moon, Jim Kelly, Dan Fouts and Rich Gannon have? But nevertheless Brad Johnson, Trent Dilfer, Jeff Hostetler and Doug Williams have at least one and are far away from being Canton bound in this lifetime.