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Monday, January 20, 2014
Derek Carr a fit for Buccaneers?

By Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- It’s Senior Bowl week and that means it’s time for the guessing game about the 2014 draft to start.

You’ll start hearing rumblings about which players teams are watching and interviewing. You’ll start to get a better idea about which positions teams may be addressing in the draft and you’ll hear that stock is rising and falling on certain players.

For the Buccaneers, the biggest question is what, if anything, they’ll do at quarterback. The new regime has had some nice things to say about Mike Glennon so far, but coach Lovie Smith and offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford have stopped short of firmly saying he’s their starter.

If the Bucs decide Glennon’s not their quarterback, they could look to free agency where the prospects aren’t overly attractive. It’s more likely they would look to the draft, where they hold the No. 7 overall pick.

Scott Reynolds throws out an intriguing scenario in his mock draft. He has the Bucs using their first-round pick on Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr. Reynolds is going on the assumption that Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles already will be gone.

Carr makes sense for a number of reasons, starting with talent and athleticism that may give him a higher upside than Glennon. But there’s more than that. There’s history and familiarity here.

Tedford coached Carr’s brother, David, at Fresno State. David Carr flopped in the NFL, mostly because he was stuck behind one of the worst offensive lines in history with the Houston Texans. But Derek Carr has more mobility than his brother.

He could be a logical fit for the Buccaneers. Carr will be taking part in the Senior Bowl and it’s a safe bet to say the Bucs will be watching him closely.