2014 NFL draft: Buccaneers may be interested in quarterback at No. 7

Friday April 18th, 2014

2014 NFL draft: Buccaneers could target quarterback at No. 7 The Buccaneers don't see 2013 starter Mike Glennon as the long-term answer at quarterback. (Mark LoMoglio/Icon SMI)

There has been plenty of discussion surrounding the incoming draft class of quarterbacks, with a number of teams in the top 10 potentially looking to add their signal-caller of the future. The Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns all pick in the top five and could decide to select a quarterback, but it is unlikely that all four teams would pass up quality prospects at other positions of need to spring for one of the top arms in a deep class at the position.

That has led some to speculate that one of the top three signal-callers -- Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and UCF's Blake Bortles -- could fall into the bottom half of the first round.

However, if one of the top quarterbacks slides out of the top five, they may not make it past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at pick No. 7, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

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The Buccaneers have hosted Manziel, Bridgewater, Bortles, Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo on pre-draft visits, so they will be able to make an educated decision on whether or not the quarterbacks available at No. 7 are good fits for their offense. The team signed veteran Josh McCown in March, and Mike Glennon returns after starting 13 games as a rookie, so Tampa Bay faces a less dire quarterback situation than many teams picking in the top 10 this year. If the player they covet is off of the board, the Buccaneers could go a different direction with their first-round pick and consider quarterback again in the second with Carr, if he falls that far, or Garoppolo.

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