Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Breaking down 2016 NFL draft: Quarterbacks (w/video)

Whom the Bucs have

Jameis Winston (6-4, 231): Top overall pick in last year's draft; Winston passed for 4,000 yards, 28 total TDs. Pro Bowl as rookie. Only getting started.

Mike Glennon (6-6, 225): Does he get traded for a midround pick? He's a reliable backup but also a free agent in 2017. Maybe the biggest question during draft.

Ryan Griffin (6-5, 210): Has never played in the NFL but Bucs carried him all season as the No. 3. If Glennon's dealt, they like Griffin's upside as a young backup.

Dan LeFevour (6-3, 230): Curious signing last week — he's 29, has never taken a snap in league, but has history playing under Dirk Koetter and Mike Bajakian.

Top five draft prospects

Jared Goff, California (6-4, 215): Prolific college passer — 4,719 yards, 43 TDs in 2015 — but also had a five-INT game and lost five of six games in one stretch. Still, as most proven QB in draft's top tier, likely No. 1 overall pick to Rams.

Carson Wentz, North Dakota State (6-5, 237): Only two years as starter, missed two months in 2015 with wrist injury. Despite small-school concerns, he has risen steadily up the draft boards and should go No. 2 to Eagles, who don't have to play him immediately and can transition to him for 2017.

Paxton Lynch, Memphis (6-7, 244): Great size, limited turnovers — 28 TDs, four INTs in 2015. How big a dropoff after top two QBs? Top-10 pick? First round?

Connor Cook, Michigan State (6-4, 217): Once seen as top-10 pick, had 71 TDs against 22 INTs in last two years. Perhaps a steal in second round.

Christian Hackenberg, Penn State (6-4, 223): Underwhelming stats, with 31 INTs in last two years. Still, should go ahead of ex-Gators Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskell as Day 2 selection.

Under the radar

Liam Nadler, Gannon (6-7, 235): Wentz has the small-school deal covered, but Nadler has NFL size while playing in Division II. Threw 45 TDs in past two seasons, with only 10 INTs out of 655 pass attempts. Perhaps a seventh-rounder.

Free agency

Bucs didn't have to do much with three QBs back — the LeFevour signing adds depth whether they deal Glennon or not. He brings familiarity with the Bucs coaches and their offenses, but likely isn't a factor in whether Glennon is traded.

Best guess

Hard to imagine the Bucs using even a late draft pick on a quarterback, but they've worked out Arkansas' Brandon Allen and Stanford's Kevin Hogan, with former Plant High star Phillip Ely also a local possibility for rookie minicamp. They'll sign a priority undrafted free agent, but he'd face long odds to be more than a practice-squad No. 3 in the fall.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

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