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April 16, 2014 @ 7:23 pm
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Carr Visits Bucs On Wednesday; Says He's The Best QB In Draft

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Fresno State QB Derek Carr visited the Buccaneers on Wednesday following Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Jimmy Garoppolo who have also met with Tampa Bay's coaching staff. Could Carr's relationship with Jeff Tedord help his cause? What are Josh McCown's thoughts on the Bucs drafting a QB early?
The Buccaneers may not select a quarterback in the first round of next month’s NFL Draft, but they certainly are doing their homework just in case.

The Buccaneers hosted Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr on Wednesday, and that comes on the heels of a steady stream of quarterbacks who have already walked the halls at One Buccaneer over the last two weeks.

Carr joins Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garappolo, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, and Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater as top quarterback prospects who have met with general manager Jason Licht, along with head coach Lovie Smith and his coaching staff. The Buccaneers were also in attendance at UCF’s Blake Bortles pro day in Orlando recently, although there have been no reports of any official visits.

Tampa Bay signed Bears free agent quarterback Josh McCown to a two-year, $10 million contract during the first week of free agency and last month Lovie Smith promptly named him the team’s starter.

On Tuesday, speaking to the local media at One Buc Place, McCown understands that Tampa Bay could take a quarterback – and take one early.

"If you're picking somebody in the first round, you're hoping they can help your team at some point, (but) my focus won't shift," McCown said. "My focus is, whether it's me or Mike Glennon or Mike Kafka or somebody else, for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks to play good football and to help their team win football games. That wouldn't change."

The 34-year old McCown who threw 13 touchdowns and only one interception with the Bears last season said on Tuesday if that happens he will help the young signal caller get ready to play at whatever point that may be.

"If we pick a young guy at that spot, let's help him get ready, too," McCown said. "Because we're picking him there because we think he can helps us win games if you're picking somebody that early. Absolutely, it's about helping us win football games."

New Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford coached Carr’s brother David at Fresno State, and has known the younger Carr and his family for over 15 years. Tedford also worked privately with Derek Carr prior to becoming the Buccaneers offensive coordinator.

In a Tampa Bay Times article back in January, Derek Carr and his father both spoke about the close relationship the two families share.

"We're pretty much family," Derek Carr told the Times. "We're close to each other."

"Jeff had him out there, doing the footwork drills, dropping back, throwing at targets, dropping balls in trash cans," Rodger Carr, Derek’s father said. "Jeff's been a part of the family for a long time."

While most mocks aren’t forecasting Carr to go at the No. 7 position, some including NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said Carr compares favorably to Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill who was selected eighth overall by Miami two years ago.

Some reports have said the Cleveland Browns had Carr ranked highly, and could target him with the second of the first-round picks (No. 26) next month. If Carr slips past some of the quarterback hungry teams early in the first the Buccaneers could be tempted to move back up into the first round. Another possibility is Tampa Bay trading down in the first round and adding draft picks, while still getting potentially the player they were targeting all along.

Regardless of how it pans out, Carr is confident in his ability as evidenced by an interview he did with NFL Network on Tuesday when he was asked if he felt he was the best quarterback prospect in this year’s draft class.

“Absolutely,” Carr said. “And I say that with respect to all the other guys because they’re great competitors and all those good things. And it’s not easy for me to answer a question like that but I absolutely think so.

“There’s no doubt in my mind. We can turn the film on, sit down and watch it and we’ll talk about it and I’ll convince you.”

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    Maybe someone will move up to draft him. Seems unlikely. I watched his NFL Network interview. He seems like a nice guy who will make a good teammate. I don't know if I saw enough to convince me he could beat out McCown or Glennon though. Maybe if the Bucs were building for the future and didn't need him to make an impact for the next few years... and there is no way he reminds me of Tannehill.
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    Just because Tom Brady was picked in the 6th round doesn't equate to it is easy to find a Franchise QB in the later rounds. Licht was a great scout and got it right on Brady, but are you aware ever since he has kept drafting non-first round picks and NONE OF THEM turned out to be Franchise QBs? Instead that practice made him into an NFL Nomad, and that is how we lucked into getting him. The fact of the matter is the majority of the super QBs in the league at this moment are all first round picks--Peyton and Eli, Rogers, Flacco, Luck, and Newton were all first round picks. By now Licht should have learned his lesson about picking in the lower rounds for a Franchise QB. Lovie has learned the hard way too. His lack of a Franchise QB cost him a SB. Now, lets talk about the Lions passing on a Franchise QB in the first round and taking Calvin Johnson, a can't miss WR better than any WR in this draft. So how has that worked out for the Lions? Did Calvin lead them to a SB? NO!!! Then they got Suh, a can't lose DT, better than any DT in this draft. Did that win them a SB? No. Now do you get the picture? You don't win SBs just taking other top positions as your first choice. If you want to win a SB the Bucs had better use that 7th choice on a QB with the production and the measurables and good character to be developed by a top Coach (Tedford) into a Franchise QB. Lets build this team to win SBs and keep L & L here for the rest of their careers and build a dynasty to compete with other great franchises. I am tired of losing!
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    IMHO a QB is round 1 is a wasted pick. We need to win NOW!!! We don't need to draft a qb so he can sit. We need an impact player now!! We can't waste this pick. A top 10 qb pick needs to be a lock who will start and win such as a Payton Manning or Andrew Luck, or RGIII. There are no Lucks or RGIIIs in this draft. If we draft one of the "top 4" they will need to start now and not sit. We cannot afford to wait for them to develop while we lose games. You don't have to pick qb's in the first round when you can get a Russel Wilson or Joe Montana in the third round, or a Tom Brady in the 6th. This draft is loaded with good qb prospects with holes in their games including the "top 4". We'll find one and develop him. If not this year year maybe next year. They can sit and learn. Remember, for every Manning, Elway, Marino, or Luck, there is a Vinny or a Trent. No more. Please!
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