TAMPA, Fla. -- It is widely assumed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will use the No. 1 overall pick in the draft on a quarterback.
I think that’s unlikely, but somewhat possible. Let’s say the Bucs aren’t sold on Mariota or Winston. They could trade down a few spots or stay put. In either scenario, they would be positioned to land a pass-rusher.
There is another decent option out there. In fact, it might be a better option than Mariota or Winston. St. Louis’ Sam Bradford is scheduled to become a free agent.
The Bucs could sign Bradford and then draft a pass-rusher. Bradford is a known commodity. When healthy, he’s done some good things. He already has plenty of experience and wouldn’t face a big learning curve like the rookies.
Maybe the best route for the Bucs would be to sign Bradford and draft a pass-rusher.