Photos of the Tampa Bay Bucaneers flag- 10 News sports reporter Bobby Lewis
It's a topic of conversation that's been heating up: who should the Buccaneers select in the 2014 NFL draft? Should they take Teddy Bridgewater or Jadeveon Clowney?
At 0-7, the Bucs are on pace along with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the worst record in the NFL, leaving one of the two teams with a better than average chance of ending up with the draft's first overall selection.
If the Buccaneers should finish the season with the worst record in the league, who should they take? Bridgewater or Clowney?
For me it's simple, Bridgewater should NOT be the selection. In the past 25 years, only two quarterbacks that have left college early have led their team to a Super Bowl championship. The Louisville junior quarterback has all the tools, size, speed, and talent, but when it comes to having enough football experience to see all the angles, defenses, and matchups, I don't know if he's a can't-miss pick.
The Bucs selected Mike Glennon in the third round of last years' draft and gave the rookie the keys to a now broken down car. Yet through four games, we've seen the former N.C. State quarterback's progress, and he's earned the trustworthiness to throw the ball 151 times in his first four games, which is a NFL record. The fact that the Bucs have trailed in those four games has had a lot to do with that statistic as well.
This 2014 draft is one of the deepest ever for talented collegiate quarterbacks coming out, and the notion that Bridgewater is heads above the rest of the field, I'm not sold on that idea.
As for Clowney, Super Bowls are won in the trenches. Warren Sapp said he's never seen a successful defense built from the secondary forward to the line. That statement is proving to be true this season. The Bucs' lone defensive line pro-bowler, Gerald McCoy, has just two sacks on the year. Clowney is a physical specimen, and a freakishly talented terror for opposing offensive lineman. The threat of the South Carolina defensive end lined up with McCoy would give the Buccaneers a combo where opposing offenses would be forced to choose who to double team.
On Thursday night, plenty of Buccaneers fans were calling for the ouster of Greg Schiano as head coach. Those statements and signs were followed up with notions of bringing in Lovie Smith to take over. If the former Bucs linebackers coach returns to be the head man next season, remember he's a defensive oriented guy. That leads me to believe that the clear cut choice would be Clowney.
But in all reality, this point could be moot. Based on talent alone, Jacksonville's more likely to finish the season with the worst record in the league, leaving them with the first overall pick. And if that is the case, Bridgewater is a necessity for them due to their struggling quarterback play. So that would allow Clowney to fall right into the Bucs' lap.