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Thursday, April 24, 2014
McShay's musings on Johnny Manziel

By Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. – On the 20th anniversary of the day the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Trent Dilfer, there suddenly is a lot of talk about the team drafting another guy that may or may not be a franchise quarterback.

Vaughn McClure’s report that the Bucs seriously are considering drafting Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with the seventh pick overall has people around the league talking. Unsolicited, the topic came up during a conference call between ESPN draft expert Todd McShay and the NFL Nation reporters.

“I’m surprised by the rumors,’’ McShay said at one point.

I followed up by asking McShay to elaborate on why he was surprised at the idea of the Bucs drafting a potential franchise quarterback (something you could argue they've never had despite using early picks on Dilfer and Vinny Testaverde).

“I think they’ve spent a good amount of money and spent it well,’’ McShay said. “They have a need at wide receiver. They have a chance to immediately go to a playoff team from 4-12.’’

McShay went on about how Tampa Bay’s offseason has seemed to have been steered by a win-now approach. McShay said he thinks the Bucs are fine with current quarterbacks Josh McCown and Mike Glennon.

McShay said McCown is a perfect “bridge quarterback’’ and I agree. McCown is more than serviceable for a year or two. McShay also said he thinks Glennon has some potential and there’s no argument here.

That’s all very logical and McShay implied that the Manziel talk could be a smokescreen. But what if it’s not?

McShay said he’s heard the Bucs are “smitten’’ with Manziel. That wouldn’t be McShay’s first choice. He has them taking wide receiver Mike Evans at No. 7. Although he wouldn’t be a fan of the move, McShay acknowledged the talk could be true if the Bucs truly are high on Manziel.

“I don’t think it’s a bad idea at all if that’s the guy they want,’’ McShay said. “I’m just not one of those guys that think he’s a top-10 pick. But it’s their call. If they think he’s the best player in the draft, go get him.’’