Due to his recent contract extension, Tom Brady will be the Bucs starting quarterback for at least the next two seasons. But would that stop the Bucs from selecting a quarterback of the future in the early rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft? Head coach Bruce Arians isn’t ruling it out.

Arians discussed a number of different topics, including the upcoming draft on April 29. With the Bucs drafting strictly for the depth due to all 22 Super Bowl starters returning, Arians likes the idea of developing a young quarterback. And he wouldn’t be afraid to take one early.

“If the right guy is there that we think is a developmental guy that has the upside that outweighs every other position of those five-six guys that we’re looking at, then yeah,” Arians said. “We wouldn’t be against it. Same thing in the second round and the third round. If we have five guys and ones a quarterback and we think his development’s better than those positions, sure.”

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Alabama QB Mac Jones – Photo by: USA Today

The general consensus is that the top four quarterbacks are Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, BYU’s Zach Wilson, Ohio State’s Justin Fields and North Dakota State’s Trey Lance. All four are expected to go within the Top 10, especially after the 49ers traded into the third spot. The second wave of quarterback prospects that the Bucs could be in play for are Alabama’s Mac Jones, who is also regarded as a first-rounder, Florida’s Kyle Trask on Day 2 and Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond, a mid-rounder, to name a few.

When asked about what Tampa Bay’s needs are for this year’s draft, Arians first mentioned speed on defense. But Arians went out of his way to mention that he’d prefer a developmental quarterback. One other caveat is that he wants players that love the game.

“I think speed on defense,” Arians said.  “As long as it’s speed. Because speed is going to help on 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 in 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 love to go and play. I think those things will be the deciding factors in who we’re looking for.”

The quarterback job is Brady’s for as long he wants it. Yet Brady will be 44 by the start of next season and won’t play forever. It wouldn’t hurt if the Bucs did their due diligence now to find his eventual successor.

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chefboho
chefboho
1 year ago

I think grabbing Trask in round 2 would be a great idea. Regardless of what anyone thinks, they need to get a young QB to start learning under the goat. Trask is a very solid QB who could benefit greatly from learning under the best to ever do it.

Spitfire
Spitfire
1 year ago

First off, if this isn’t smoke to try to get Gabbert to resign for a team friendly amount, this is exactly what I’d like to see em do. It would be a terrible waste of an opportunity to not have a young QB with all the ability and leadership needed to not have to play right away and can sit for two years and gain the respect of his teammates and to learn from the GOAT and set us up moving forward after Brady wins two more with us here.

bucballer
bucballer
1 year ago

With the last pick in First round would the Bucs entertain the idea of drafting QB Trask? It’s almost the second round? Asking for a friend? Ha! Ha! Ha!

Buc76
Buc76
1 year ago

You need to do some more draft homework. No way Mac jones is within 15 picks of us. Get a kick returner with blazing speed. That would be something we currently do not have

Spitfire
Spitfire
1 year ago

Again, if they haven’t already, they just need to tell Brady “You are the QB until you don’t wanna be or can’t be anymore… No matter who we have behind you, there will never be a QB controversy or ever a time where you are looking over your shoulder, wondering if your time is up before you decide so…. So if we Draft a QB, it will be for the sole purpose of BA or you to teach up a kid to hopefully take over and leave behind a piece of both of your legacy on the way out… So… Read more »

AlbJack65
AlbJack65
Reply to  Spitfire
1 year ago

Agreed. Sometimes the simplest solution is the best solution.

Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0
1 year ago

It is highly unlikely that QB is the BAP in rounds 1-3 for the Bucs unless there is a huge run at other positions.
Bucs will do their homework but they are going to be looking at building the lines and adding more speed to defense as Bruce Arians has said.

seat26
seat26
1 year ago

I cannot see them NOT drafting a QB at some point this upcoming draft.

AlbJack65
AlbJack65
1 year ago

To be honest, I’m not sure about the idea of drafting a QB just yet. If Brady still has at least 2-3 good years left in him, which I believe he does, the best option for this year at least is to keep Gabbert since he knows the system, has familiarity with the rest of the offensive players(continuity matters) and has starter experience in case of injury. Maybe trading back and stocking picks up for a run at a higher draft pick next year may be a better plan? Perhaps Gabbert could be a late bloomer with more time working… Read more »

BucHarbour
BucHarbour
1 year ago

If you’re going to do it, this is the year to draft that QB. As long as it’s either Trask or Jones, use the 32nd pick, as you get the 5th year option, which you want for QB’s. Jones is likely to go a good bit earlier, though. Trask, considering how quickly his game developed, would be a perfect fit for this team. He’s got the arm, the pre and post snap reading ability, and has shown the willingness to put the work in and improve. I think after what happened this season, he may also have a bit of… Read more »

drdneast
drdneast
1 year ago

I’, not in favor of drafting any QB, least of all one from Florida. Every QB from Florida has a terrible history once they hit the NFL including th3 Heisman winning old ball coach. The Bucs have won two SB’s with veteran FA QB’s so that should tell you something. Continue on this path. If Brady retires in two years, the Falcons will probably make the stupid mistake of releasing Matt Ryan and we can pick him up for free or the best veteran FA QB that comes on the market at the time. I am done watching the likes… Read more »

Iwillpartyhard
Iwillpartyhard
Reply to  drdneast
1 year ago

Totally disagree with the first part of your post. Who gives a crap what school they played for in college? That could not be more irrelevant and an extremely stupid thing to look at when evaluating talent.
I do agree with the second part though, we should be the premier destination for any free agent QB when Brady retires. If we keep our offense together it will be really easy for a good vet QB to excel here and outperform their prior team, just like Brady did.

Buc76
Buc76
1 year ago

You don’t draft a quarterback unless you want him starting in year 2. You have to sign him to a big contract and unless he gets on the field you won’t know if he’s worth it. Makes no sense. The days of Aaron Rogers sitting for 3 years are long gone.

BucHarbour
BucHarbour
Reply to  Buc76
1 year ago

um, yeah, no it isn’t. Jordan Love is riding the pine in GB. That’s how you do it. Plus, when you’re back-up has a year or two in your system and your starter gets hurt, they can go out there and produce. A QB at 32 doesn’t make so much money you can’t sit them on the bench (this isn’t the old draft where they could make market rates on their rookie deals). Hell, we’re looking at our back-ups making around a million plus each.

chefboho
chefboho
Reply to  BucHarbour
1 year ago

Agreed. It’s foolish to think you can’t draft a kid to sit and learn for a year or two. The only reason the young kids start so much these days is because the teams that draft in the top ten NEED a QB and have no choice but to start them. To think you can’t draft a kid who would love to sit and watch Brady and absorb knowledge from him is severely short sighted

drdneast
drdneast
1 year ago

I wouldn’t put much stock into what anyone responsible for selecting a draft pick is saying right now. Why show your cards at this point in the game.

Dave
Dave
1 year ago

No matter how old Brady is, or how many years he has left, you only take a QB, if you think he is the long term answer for when Brady retires. If the team doesn’t view anyone as that guy, don’t waste the pick. If you have to try again next year, try again next year. But don’t force it if it’s not there As far as anyone being that guy, not sure that guy will be there when we pick, in any round. Not a believer in Trask at all. Only guy I really like, that I can see… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Dave
Rusty Rhino
Rusty Rhino
1 year ago

I’m looking past the top few QB in this draft. I would like to see us take either Brady White of Memphis or Zach Smith of Tulsa. Both have had success in college. Both are accurate deep and love play action. Both have some wheels of their own when needed.
After watching some Zach Smith highlights, I hope to see us draft Zach Smith’s teammate Zaven Collins LB he was all over the field. WOW, making plays all over the field.

Erik Jager
Erik Jager
1 year ago

I see this article is somewhat false advertisement because it would incredibly rare to draft a QB at their current draft position. Yeah, Lamar Johnson fit this scenario, but he could be a Wildcat QB or RB. There has been many wasted late first round QB picks who only became decent backup QBs. They should be looking for a building block rather than some superstar.

tnew
tnew
1 year ago

Not drafting a QB for the future would be a tremendous error in my opinion.. TB12 isn’t the same guy as he was when NE drafted Jimmy G. He has 3 years left at the most. Without any glaring needs on the roster now is the time to make this pick unless all options are gone. I wanted Mac Jones as he looked like he might fall about a month ago, now I think it is more likely he is a top 5 pick than will fall to 32. Sure we could use another pass rusher or DT (this isn’t… Read more »