Lovie: Bucs to look at drafting QB

Updated: February 20, 2014, 4:17 PM ET
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith said Thursday the Buccaneers will consider taking a quarterback with the seventh pick in May's draft.

"I know enough about that draft to know, yeah, there's someone that would be worthy of the seventh pick because everything is on the board right now," Smith said at the scouting combine in Indianapolis. "Whenever you have a chance to get a franchise quarterback, you have to consider that."

Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles or Derek Carr could be available when the Bucs pick in the first round. Even if the Bucs draft a quarterback, Smith hinted that the team might want to add a veteran to go with the rookie and Mike Glennon.

"I think in an ideal world you would like to have some kind of veteran in the mix instead of three young guys that haven't played a lot," Smith said. "No, that's not an ideal situation to be in at the quarterback position. I think you can maybe get away with it at some of the other positions. But no, that's not an ideal situation to be in."

Smith said it's too early to know whether Glennon, who started 13 games as a rookie last season, is the long-term answer at quarterback.

"Mike did some good things, but he did some good things as a rookie," Smith said. "To say right now that Mike is the answer and he's our quarterback of the future and we're going to build around him and give him a 20-year contract right now, you're not there.

"You just like the things he brings to the table. Strong arm. Great guy. He is a guy that seems like he doesn't have an offseason because he has been working his butt off in the facility. But again, I just know I like him on the football team as one of our quarterbacks right now. As you mentioned, we have just two quarterbacks signed. [Mike Kafka is the other.] We're going to have at least four in camp, at least one guy will be in the mix, and you can let that all play out."

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ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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