It may have taken five years, but Greg Schiano, coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, finally got the quarterback he has had his eye on. In the third round of the 2013 NFL draft, the Buccaneers selected quarterback Mike Glennon from North Carolina State.
Back in 2007 Schiano was still the head coach at Rutgers and tried to recruit Glennon, but the top five recruit didn’t want to play in the Big East and so he went to the ACC. Glennon had two successful seasons as a starter for the Wolfpack including throwing for 4,031 yards, 31 touchdowns and only 17 interceptions during his senior campaign.
Glennon was the third quarterback taken in the draft following only E.J Manuel (1st round, Bills) and Geno Smith (2nd round, Jets), but coach Schiano believes he will be the best quarterback from this year’s draft.
He is a big quarterback, standing 6’7” and weighing 225 pounds and he possesses good arm strength and vision downfield. His height allows him to see over the defense and find receivers sitting in the middle of the field. The big question mark surrounding him, is his mobility.
Glennon defies the idea of the modern quarterback, one who is able to extend the play outside of the pocket and rush down the field, but Schiano is convinced that Glennon is mobile enough to succeed in the NFL and that he possesses the pocket presence to step up when pressured and avoid sacks.
Now Glennon walks into a situation in Tampa Bay where he won’t be expected to play right away, with holdover Josh Freeman currently the starter, but according to Schiano, he is still going to be given an opportunity to fight for the chance to start.
Freeman has shown improvement each year, so it is likely that he will keep his starting job this season, but with time to develop, Glennon could see his opportunity to step into the starting job sooner than expected and with Josh Freeman a free agent after next season, it may just be a matter of time.