TAMPA ― Regardless of what the Bucs decide about Jameis Winston, head coach Bruce Arians could address the position in the NFL draft.
It’s unlikely the Bucs would use the No. 14 overall pick on a quarterback. But don’t be surprised if they select one in day two or three of the draft.
Among the passers the Bucs could get in the second round: Georgia’s Jake Fromm, according to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper.
“If you’re looking for a day two possibility at quarterback, I would look at Jake Fromm,’’ Kiper said. “Maybe (Washington’s) Jacob Eason if he maybe drops. But Fromm would be more of the guy in the second or third round.’’
Kiper also mentioned Utah State’s Jordan Love as a possibility.
Fromm passed for 2,860 yards with 24 touchdowns and six interceptions last season.
The Bucs have only Ryan Griffin returning at quarterback from 2019. At 30, he has thrown only four career passes.
Whether the Bucs find a player who can eventually be the starter is not the issue. They simply don’t have any capable young quarterbacks in the pipeline.
The biggest question with Fromm is arm strength and that may be answered with a good workout at the NFL scouting combine next week.
“He’s going to have to show there is the necessary arm strength. Is he Aaron Murray or Andy Dalton?" Kiper said, referring to Murray, the former Plant High School and University of Georgia quarterback now playing for the XFL Tampa Bay Vipers. "If he’s Andy Dalton, you’re talking about a second-round quarterback. If he’s Aaron Murray, it’s later in the draft.
“I think after it’s all said and done, he may fall to the third round, but the second round is a possibility if that arm is strong enough.’’