By Andrew Schuster @ShootsMcGavin on May 5, 2014
After a new hire at head coach and a nice offseason, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking for a complete turnaround in the 2014 season. As the NFL Draft approaches, league gossip starts to spread, so let's take a look at five rumors surrounding the Bucs heading into the big weekend.
Bucs defensive end Da'Quan Bowers has not at all lived up to his hype since entering the NFL via the 2011 draft. In three seasons with Tampa, Bowers has only managed to accumulate 45 tackles and 5.5 sacks, but supposedly new head coach Lovie Smith recently stated that he is willing to give the DE another shot at the starting job when he becomes healthy.
Head Coach Lovie Smith is apparently having some trouble getting a read on his new team this early. He said he won't be able to judge the usefulness of his players until they are practicing in full pads. At this point in the year, that could probably go for most coaches who are leading new squads.
University of Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack reportedly visited the Buccaneers towards the end of April. Mack enters the 2014 NFL Draft as a top-5 pick and one of the premier pass rushers in this year's class. He is arguably the most NFL-ready player and would be a superb addition to any team.
Quarterback Josh McCown was signed by the Buccaneers this offseason, and they could be targeting another QB in the upcoming draft. Tampa Bay is reportedly interested in shopping Mike Glennon. He was a third-round pick in last year's draft totaling 2,608 yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 13 starts. He has shown potential and could be a great option for a team in the market for a QB.
Probably the biggest questions in this year's draft is "where will Johnny Manziel be playing in 2014?" Rumor has it that the Bucs are expressing a deep interest in the controversial quarterback. The former Heisman Trophy winner is one of the top prospects in this year's class, but his commitment and level of maturity are indeed an uncertainty for many NFL teams. Could Tampa trade Mike Glennon and draft Johnny Football?
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