June 5, 2023

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Bucs Should Draft Jameis Winston’s Backup.

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The Bucs ended another season with a 5-11 record, leaving Bucs fans looking forward to the 2019 NFL draft. Some began pining for the upcoming draft, mid-2018 season.

Winston is our starting quarterback heading into the 2019 season, and there is no debating that, however, aside from him there are no proven backups.

Ryan Fitzpatrick is unlikely to return to the Buccaneers, although that is yet to be determined as of now, and Ryan Griffin is unproven as far as regular season experience is concerned.

So why not draft a backup and one that Bruce Arians hand picks himself, one he can groom?

After I spent many hours combing through college film and stats from last season, it seems to me that there is a lack of talent at the position entering into the draft. However, there were a few that caught my eye; Quarterbacks Drew Lock, Daniel Jones, and Dwayne Haskins.

Now, in my opinion, I do not believe Haskins is going to be worth trading up for as he will likely be gone long before our 5th pick, and in my opinion, another position should be selected with our first round pick.

However, if the Bucs were to entertain the idea of stud QBs Drew Lock, out of the University of Missouri, or my personal favorite Daniel Jones, out of Duke, then I wouldn’t be upset with either of them being selected at 5th.

But let’s be realistic, the Bucs shouldn’t draft a QB at 5th. However, Clayton, out of Northwestern, is pound for pound the best idea for Tampa to target in the draft. I would pull the trigger for him in the 3rd round. He has a great arm and great mobility. His stats for 2018 pretty solid, throwing for 3,928 yards, 17 touchdowns, but did throw an ugly amount of INTS with 15 (He is still young, and that can be coached out of him).

If we got him, he could sit behind Winston for a few years and learn from some of the best QB developers in the history of the NFL, resulting in the cultivation of a complete quarterback, who is able to take the reigns at the time of need.

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