2014 NFL Draft: 5 Teams That Desperately Need a Quarterback
5 NFL Teams Desperate For Help At QB
With the way the 2013 college football season is panning out, there will be several first-round-caliber quarterbacks available during the 2014 NFL Draft.
Several quality passers, including Teddy Bridgewater, Marcus Mariota and Tajh Boyd, have emerged this year as NFL-type talents who will certainly garner interest from teams in the first round. The question now is where these players will land when the 2014 NFL Draft finally rolls around?
As the 2013 NFL season has progressed, numerous teams have developed a need at quarterback. Whether due to inept play from their current quarterback or injuries decimating their depth chart, quality passers have become a rare commodity. With the free agency market all but devoid of capable starters, these teams will be forced to look towards the upcoming draft to find some production under center.
Luckily for these teams, there’s plenty of talent to go around. Many NFL Draft analysts have raved about the amount of talent in this year’s class, with some thinking that there could be up to 11 quarterbacks picked in the first three rounds. Considering that there were only three quarterbacks drafted in the first three rounds in 2013, 11 is a rather large number.
There are still six months left before the draft, but it’s starting to develop into one of the best quarterback classes in recent NFL Draft history.
Here’s a look at five teams that will be spending an early-round pick on a quarterback during the 2014 NFL Draft and why they’re in such desperate need of a new passer.
There was some clear promise from Brian Hoyer, but who knows how he’ll bounce back from an ACL tear. Meanwhile, Brandon Weeden has tanked and is clearly not the answer in Cleveland. If the Browns are going to capitalize on their outstanding defense, they need to find a quarterback who can make the offense semi-efficient. That’s why they need to use one of their first-rounders on a quality passer.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
While the Buccaneers appear set on Mike Glennon right now, it might not last long. More than likely, Greg Schiano – Glennon’s biggest advocate – will be gone by the end of the year. If a new staff comes in and decides that Glennon doesn’t fit their scheme or plan of attack for the future, they could look to the draft to add the pieces they want to the puzzle.
At this point, Christian Ponder isn’t the answer for the Vikings’ passing game. Then again, neither is recently-acquired Josh Freeman. If Minnesota is going to enjoy any sort of success in the near future, they need to add another quarterback to the mix who can actually throw the football with accuracy. If they continue to lose at this pace, the Vikings will have a Top 3 pick to spend on a young gunslinger.
The Blaine Gabbert experiment failed miserably, which means it’s time for the Jaguars to find themselves a new quarterback to hang their hopes on. Jacksonville is heading towards having the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, so they’ll likely have their pick of the quarterback crop in May. Let’s just hope they make the right pick – this franchise can’t afford another Gabbert-like gaffe.