Over the last few days, numerous reports indicated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were considering trading up to draft former Texas A&M Aggies’ quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Although the Bucs did not make a move, Manziel was available with the seventh-overall pick, but they opted for his teammate, wide receiver Mike Evans.
Bucs’ head coach Lovie Smith defended the pick, calling Josh McCown, who the team signed away from the Chicago Bears in free agency their starter and last year’s starter, Mike Glennon, their “quarterback of the future.”
“It’s what’s best for us,” Smith said, via Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com. “Just talking about our quarterback position, our quarterback position is as strong as any quarterback position I’ve had when I’ve been a head coach. You know how much I like Josh McCown as our starter. I love Mike Glennon. Mike Glennon is our quarterback of the future here. So why would you want to add a third quarterback to the mix? We needed other positions. Forget just the quarterback position, we thought this was the best available player for us. It was an easy decision for us.”
Last season, Glennon completed 247 of 416 passes for 2,608 yards with 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions.