Per the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Bucs have done “extra legwork” on the quarterbacks expected to go in Rounds 2-3 of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Three quarterbacks likely will get drafted in Rounds 2 and 3, and a handful of teams have done extra legwork on them — a list that includes the #Bears, #Vikings, #Saints and #Bucs. @gmfb @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/CcPhUOVI1U
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 28, 2021
With Antonio Brown re-signing and Cameron Brate restructuring his deal, available roster spots -outside of quarterback- are becoming more and more rare for the Bucs. Blaine Gabbert is also a free agent, leaving Ryan Griffin as the backup to Tom Brady. At this point, it makes sense if the Bucs decide to take a quarterback on Day 2 of the draft.
Pelissero notes the three quarterbacks expected to go on Day 2: Kellen Mond, Davis Mills, and Kyle Trask. Per our own Joshua Cole Allen, the Bucs have had conversations with Trask. Good Morning Football’s Peter Schrager had Mills mocked to the Bucs at No. 32 in his first mock draft.
Bruce Arians even brought up the idea of drafting a quarterback when he spoke to the media a few weeks ago.
“I think speed on defense,” Arians said when asked what the Bucs are looking for in this year’s draft.”As long as it’s speed, because speed helps special teams and speed develops into really good players on defense. I think both lines of scrimmage – I don’t think you can have enough depth at both lines of scrimmage. Obviously, a young quarterback. But again, for me it’s speed and physicality, a love for the game, which we do every year. We look for guys that just love to go play. I think those things will be the deciding factors in who we’re looking for.”
And there’s also the fact that Tom Brady will be 44-years-old when the 2021 season rolls around. There are multiple reasons why the Bucs are doing “extra legwork” on quarterbacks expected to go in Rounds 2-3. It’s good to see them doing their due diligence before the draft.