According to a report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Bucs have been doing “extra legwork” on some of the quarterbacks that are expected to go in the second or third round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

“There are three quarterbacks who are likely to go in Rounds two or three, those being Stanford’s Davis Mills, Florida’s Kyle Trask and Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond,” Pelissero said. “And I can tell you that there are a handful of teams who have done extra legwork on some or all of them. A list that includes the Bears, the Vikings, the Saints and the Bucs.”

Quarterback Tom Brady is coming off his seventh Super Bowl victory and remains under contract through 2022, but he’ll still be 44 this season. On top of that, Brady has been recovering from a minor knee procedure that he underwent in February.

Brady was initially expected to resume practice in some form by June, while backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert also remains unsigned heading into the draft. Considering these factors, Tampa Bay looking at a mid-round quarterback makes sense.

SR recently wrote about all three of the Bucs’ potential Day 2 options in one of his weekly Fab 5 columns.

But with the Bucs holding late picks in the second and third rounds, how many QB options will be available? As Pewter Report has discussed, the Bucs options at No. 32 could be limited depending on what happens in front of them. That same principle rings true as they search for a quarterback in the second and third rounds.

Will one of these quarterbacks slide? Would general manager Jason Licht will be willing to move up for a signal caller? As the Bucs continue to bring back impact players from their Super Bowl-winning roster, most recently receiver Antonio Brown, their needs on Draft Day continue to shrink. Now that Tampa Bay has reportedly put in the effort with these quarterbacks, what will it take to land one? And will the player they add be worth it if they do?

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Alldaway 2.0
10 days ago

Not surprising because Gabbert may have priced himself out of the Bucs budget. Plus, there are reports of the QBs that should go in the first round falling.
My belief is the Bucs don’t have to draft a QB till 2022 or 2023. But given that AB is back in the fold now the Bucs can crush the draft by going BAP rounds 1-7.

10 days ago

By now you know how I feel about it. Will we actually draft a QB; probably not even though I think we will regret it. Since Brown resigned I expert Gabbert will sign today.

10 days ago

I really don’t think the Bucs’ options are limited at all .. they have all the options in the world with 100% of their regular season as well as playoffs starters resigned. The most likely outcome of this draft, despite a lot of blather from the prognosticators who are all predicting 6 quarterback picks or more in the first round, is just the opposite – maintainance of the routine three or four QBs in the first. Meaning that at #32, the Bucs will likely have several of the second tier quarterbacks to choose from .. and as NFL history has… Read more »

Reply to  Naplesfan
10 days ago

Egads, as I wrote elsewhere, drafting a QB with the No. 1 pick does nothing for this team next season. This would be the same bonehead mistake that the Packers made last year. Good grief.
The SB window for this team is as big as Brady’s contract. Where does a drafting a QB with a No. 1 pick help in this equation.

Reply to  drdneast
9 days ago

It doesn’t. It’s a terrible idea, for several reasons, not the least of which is that there won’t be a QB available at our pick who’s even almost worth that pick. Now, if Fields was to fall, then it at least becomes a reasonable question. Even then, it’s no clear choice. So all in all, yea, I’m with you – it’s a dumb idea.

Reply to  Naplesfan
9 days ago

Aaron Rogers was drafted in the 1st round, 24th overall (although he slipped considerably after Alex Smith was taken 1st overall)

Similarly, Lamar was also a 1st round pick, 32nd overall

Last edited 9 days ago by Michael76
Reply to  Naplesfan
9 days ago

You’re really firin from the hip here. Nobody is predicting 6 QBs taken in the first. Maybe you, since you so desperately want us to take one at 32, but you’re about it, my man.

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10 days ago

As a GM I would never draft a QB in the 1st Rnd unless he was highly considered a sure thing in my evaluation estimate. The percentage of 1st Rnd busts are high. Licht already has a 1st Rnd QB bust in Winston. He does not want to become the GM who drafts QB’s like he does kickers… always over-reaching them. If I was Licht I would draft this kid in the 4th or 5th Rnd. He’d be a perfect fit in the Bucs offense. Makes way more sense than using a #1 pick which would be a hail… Read more »