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QB Teddy Bridgewater has pre-draft visit with Buccaneers

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Would the Buccaneers draft Teddy Bridgewater seventh overall?. (USATSI)
Would the Buccaneers draft Teddy Bridgewater seventh overall? (USATSI)

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In late February during the NFL combine, new Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith made it clear that quarterback Mike Glennon, coming off a serviceable rookie season in which he improved over the course of his 13 starts, wasn't guaranteed the starting job heading into 2014.

Turns out, Smith wasn't joking; a few weeks later, the team signed former Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown and Smith promptly penciled him atop the depth chart.

As we wrote at the time, even with Smith announcing McCown as his starter, there was still the possibility that the Bucs could draft a quarterback with the No. 7 pick in May's NFL Draft.

"I know enough about that draft to know, yeah, there's someone that would be worthy of the seventh pick because everything is on the board right now," Smith said at the combine. "Whenever you have a chance to get a franchise quarterback, you have to consider that."

Put another way: McCown, who flourished during limited playing time in Chicago last season, might be considered a bridge quarterback to whomever ends up as the next young face of the franchise. It could explain why the team announced that former Louisville passer Teddy Bridgewater and likely first-rounder was in town for a pre-draft visit Monday.

The Bucs could go in any number of directions with that No. 7 pick. According to the five CBSSports.com mock draft experts, the team might take offensive tackle Greg Robinson, outside linebackers Anthony Barr or Khalil Mack, wide receiver Mike Evans or quarterback Mike Evans.

Or, if we're to put any credence in Monday's news, Bridgewater.

Then again, this is the time of year where obfuscation reigns; perhaps the Bucs want quarterback-needy teams to think they they're in the market for a passer. Whatever happens, this much seems to be certain: Smith isn't a big Glennon fan, despite an impressive rookie season that included a completion percentage of 59.4 to go along with 19 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.

 
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