Sept 29, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack quarterback Mike Glennon (8) throws a pass against the Miami Hurricanes at Sun Life Stadium. Miami won 44-37. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Draft Results: Will Mike Glennon Overthrow Josh Freeman in Tampa Bay?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers raised some eyebrows with an interesting selection with their third round pick. After trading for Darrelle Revis and then drafting Johnthan Banks in the second round, the Buccaneers drafted North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon to come in and play behind Josh Freeman in Tampa.

Right away, Bucs writers and fans tried to defend the pick as one that isn’t going to challenge Josh Freeman as the starter in Tampa, rather it’s a move to challenge the backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky. But while that’s cute reasoning, you rarely draft a quarterback in the third round of the draft if you don’t have a slight intention of seeing if he can compete with the starter.

Russell Wilson was taken in the third round of last year’s draft by the Seattle Seahawks and ended up almost winning the Rookie of the Year award despite the fact that the Seahawks raised eyebrows by taking him as they had Matt Flynn under center at the time.

Obviously, Glennon is no Russell Wilson, but the comparison in this case is that just because a guy is penciled as the starter doesn’t mean things will stay that way.

At the end of the day, this is a power move by the Buccaneers to light a fire under Josh Freeman who struggled in each of the last two seasons. Greg Schiano isn’t sold on Freeman as the starter of the future, and to add to things Freeman is in a contract season with the Bucs. There have been no indication by the Buccaneers that they will engage in contract negotiations with Freeman.

Still, don’t read too far into the pick and draw the conclusion that this is the end of Freeman in Tampa. This isn’t the Jets taking Geno Smith, this is a head coach not sold on his quarterback drafting a guy to be the backup and potential successor. Remember that the Bucs tried to trade for Carson Palmer and tried to sign Matt Cassel this offseason, so while Glennon is an interesting pick, it’s not a sin against the franchise.

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  • Russell Allen Miller

    I think they picked out a qb who was more similar to Freeman (big and tall, extremely strong arm) so that they wouldn’t have to change their vertical offense gameplan should Freeman go down. The pre-draft scuttlebut on Glennon was that he’s a project player and a gamble, so it’s logical that he fell to the third round. Generally second and third round quarterbacks almost never evolve into quality NFL starters, with guys like Russell Wilson (too short), Colin Kaepernick (very high second round), and Joe Montana (???) being the exceptions that prove the rule. Looking around the league, most quality starters began their careers as first round draft picks.

    Should the Bucs find themselves in a situation where they can’t compete for Freeman in free agency, a disturbingly real possibility since the Revis acquisition, at least the cupboard wouldn’t be completely bare with Glennon under contract for another three years for dirt, dirt cheap third round money. An over-the-hill qb type could also be signed for reasonable short-term money to help show him the ropes or take up the slack should he completely tank. However, given Glennon’s habits of checking down too often, fumbling, and getting robbed by safeties, we’d likely see a horrifying downturn in the offense should he have to carry the load. Glennon is more likely the next Shawn King than the next Joe Montana, although one can always hope for the best…

    • Josh Hill

      You don’t have much to say about this do you haha but in all seriousness I hope Glennon pans out as something more special than Shaun King. I do like the fact that they’re a similar size, have similar strengths like cannons for arms, which is what the offense is designed to need. I guess we will have to wait until we see Glennon throwing to Williams and VJax before truly assessing what he is. I just hope this lights a fire under Freeman, but Glennon is really growing on me. I just didn’t expect the Bucs to take a top quarterback prospect, so it’s shock value hasn’t worn off yet.