A lot of Tampa Bay Buccaneers followers are scratching their heads over the team’s decision to draft strong-armed North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft.
Not many are buying Bucs general manager Mark Dominik’s claim that, at the time, the 6-foot-6, 225-pound Glennon was the top quarterback on Tampa Bay’s draft board.
Well, Greg Cosell, a noted analyst with NFL Network and a senior producer at NFL Films, likely agreed with not only the Bucs’ decision but also the rating they gave Glennon.
Speaking shortly before the draft got under way, Cosell said during an NFL Network “Path to the Draft” segment that Glennon was worthy of a first-round pick and arguably the best quarterback in the draft.
“I think Glennon could go late in the first round, and I wouldn’t have a problem with that at all because I think he has, probably, more of the attributes you look for than, maybe, anyone else in this class,’’ Cosell said.
The attributes Cosell was referring to are Glennon’s size and arm strength, which the Bucs noted as well. Cosell said he also believes Glennon has better functional mobility than he often is given credit with.
Put it all together, Cosell said, and what teams were looking at in Glennon is a player who just might be able to step in right away and make a contribution if he’s surrounded by a team with the right talent level.
“If Glennon is asked to be the lead dog right from the start, then I don’t think he’ll do real well,’’ Cosell said. “But if he has a lot of team around him, I think he could play and I think he could have some success.’’
With their offensive line, running attack and array of receivers, the Bucs appear to have plenty of “team” around their quarterback.
That quarterback, of course, is Josh Freeman. And Bucs coach Greg Schiano reiterated after drafting Glennon last week that Freeman is the starter heading into this season.