NFL Draft: Mike Glennon

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TAMPA, Fla. -- A wrap-up of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' draft. Click here for a full list of Buccaneers draftees.

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Thomas B. Shea/Getty ImagesMike Evans can begin his career as Tampa Bay's
No. 2 receiver opposite Vincent Jackson.
Best move: There was a lot of smoke about the Buccaneers possibly drafting quarterback Johnny Manziel. But Tampa Bay’s top target all along was wide receiver Mike Evans. The Bucs got him with the seventh overall pick. Evans projects as an immediate starter opposite Vincent Jackson. At 6-foot-4, Evans has a frame similar to Jackson, and this duo is going to cause matchup problems for opposing defenses. Evans can begin his career as the No. 2 receiver, but Jackson already is in his 30s. It might not be long before Evans takes over as the No. 1 receiver. By resisting the urge to take Manziel, the Bucs made it very clear they view Josh McCown as their short-term starter and Mike Glennon as their quarterback of the future. Evans’ arrival makes both McCown and Glennon better.

Riskiest move: The Bucs began the draft without a clear-cut starter at right guard. They still don’t have one. They did take guard Kadeem Edwards out of Tennessee State and Purdue's Kevin Pamphile, who projects as a tackle, in the fifth round. But it’s a lot to expect a fifth-round pick to be an immediate starter. The Bucs might have to keep an eye on the free-agent market to get their starting right guard. There also are health concerns with left guard Carl Nicks, so Tampa Bay doesn't have a lot of depth at guard.

Most surprising move: The selection of running back Charles Sims in the third round. The team already had a deep stable of running backs with Doug Martin, Mike James, Bobby Rainey and Jeff Demps. It wasn’t really necessary to add another back to the mix. But Sims isn’t a typical back. He was used extensively as a receiver out of the backfield in college, and it’s likely the Bucs want to take advantage of those skills. We don’t know what coordinator Jeff Tedford’s offense will look like just yet. But, with the addition of Sims, it probably is fair to say the Bucs want to throw some passes to a running back.

File it away: You generally don’t expect a sixth-round pick to get playing time early, but Wyoming wide receiver Robert Herron has a shot. The Bucs have an opening for a slot receiver, and Herron has speed to spare. He’ll get a chance to compete for the slot receiver spot. Herron also has return skills and could factor in on special teams.

Rookie Review: Mike Glennon 

September, 30, 2013

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie QB Mike Glennon made his first career start on Sunday in a 13-10 loss to the Cardinals. Glennon, a third-round selection in the 2013 draft, was given the opportunity after the Bucs went winless through the first three games, prompting coach Greg Schiano to bench then-starter Josh Freeman. Glennon showed flashes early on, but a few late fourth-quarter mistakes played a key role in the Buccaneers' fourth straight loss to start the season.

At 6-foot-7 and 225 pounds, Glennon was a prototypical drop-back passer coming out of North Carolina State last year. There was a lot to like about his arm strength and he was an easy thrower. When provided with a clean pocket he could be very accurate at all three levels and was one of the better deep throwers of the 2013 quarterback class.

Glennon showed flashes of this accuracy early in the first half against the Cardinals. The Buccaneers' offensive line was able to provide Glennon with adequate protection which allowed him to survey the field and find a rhythm. He was able to take advantage of a Cardinals fumble in the first quarter and lead the Buccaneers on a six-play, 41-yard touchdown drive. Glennon developed a nice rapport with WR Mike Williams on the drive, finding him for both of his completions, including an 8-yard touchdown pass on a slant route.

Rookie Review: Glennon to start for Bucs 

September, 25, 2013

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a new starting quarterback: Mike Glennon. He was the Bucs' third-round pick in 2013, and Glennon's best asset is his arm strength. He can fit the ball into tight spaces throwing underneath, and he can drive the ball downfield when he steps into throws. If he can be more consistent with his downfield touch than he was at North Carolina State, he should develop into an excellent deep-ball thrower.

That’s an intriguing prospect for a team that has the power-run game to set up its play-action package. The Buccaneers also have one of the more dangerous vertical threats in the league, WR Vincent Jackson. Glennon is accurate throwing underneath, and his ability to lead receivers puts them in great position to produce after the catch. At 6-foot-7, Glennon has a high release point, which reduces the chances of his short-to-intermediate passes getting tipped by pass-rushers.

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What kind of QB do you want? 

April, 5, 2013

The past few weeks I've had several conversations with scouts and one NFL offensive coach with a strong background dealing with and evaluating quarterbacks. During those talks, several interesting points came up that have helped me put my finger on the pulse of the 2013 quarterback class at this point.

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