Now that the third and final day of the NFL draft is upon us, here are three things to watch:
1. Do the Bucs take a quarterback?
They’ve already filled needs at offensive tackle and running back, leaving quarterback as one of the most interesting possibilities left. Granted, they don’t need someone to challenge Tom Brady in 2020, but they do need some depth and, perhaps, a developmental project who can replace Brady whenever he retires. It just so happens that there are some intriguing options still available.
Washington’s Jacob Eason was a five-star talent and has a great arm. Georgia’s Jake Fromm doesn’t have the strongest arm or ideal size, but he does have just about everything else (and he beat out Eason at Georgia). Further down the list, Florida International’s James Morgan is a potential sleeper. Or maybe the Bucs want another Outback Bowl alumnus like Iowa’s Nate Stanley.
2. What players from state schools are selected?
Florida has already had four draftees, while Florida State had one. Miami, however, was shut out of the first three rounds for just the fourth time since 1987 (and, tellingly, the second year in a row). But the Hurricanes could have several players drafted today, starting with defensive end Jonathan Garvin.
The Gators should have at least one more player chosen, running back Lamical Perine, and receiver Tyrie Cleveland is another strong candidate. USF tight end Mitch Wilcox is the Bulls’ best chance. Two Seminoles could hear their names called: defensive backs Levonta Taylor and Stanford Samuels.
3. What local products get drafted?
In what has been kind of a down year for the state of Florida, no players from area high schools have been selected yet. The top prospect is probably Wake Forest linebacker Justin Strnad (East Lake High); he has been considered a mid-round target. Wilcox (Tarpon Springs High) is another option. Beyond that, keep an eye on Notre Dame running back Tony Jones (a St. Petersburg native) or, if you want a real sleeper, Syracuse punter Sterling Hofrichter (Armwood High).