Buccaneers predicted to trade into late first round for QB by new mock draft

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to be an intriguing team to keep an eye on this offseason. After showing signs of progress in 2019 under head coach Bruce Arians, the team will have some tough decisions to make. One of those decisions will have to be their future with quarterback Jameis Winston.

Winston is set to hit free agency and many believe that he could be on his way out of Tampa Bay. If that is the case, the Buccaneers are going to be searching for a new quarterback.

One potential option could be to sign a veteran quarterback like Philip Rivers, while also drafting a long-term option in the 2020 NFL Draft.

CBS Sports released their latest mock draft that included a couple of big first-round trades. They boldly predicted that the Buccaneers will trade back into the late stages of the first round in order to select Utah State quarterback Jordan Love.

Here is the reasoning they gave for the Buccaneers to make such an aggressive move.

The Bucs have a decision to make on their QB position. Do they re-up Jameis Winston and pray he somehow quits throwing interceptions, or take a flyer on Philip Rivers, assuming he’s available? We know Bruce Arians’ track record with developing quarterbacks, and if the plan is to find the next face of the franchise, Jordan Love could fit the bill. He’s coming off a tough season at Utah State but like Herbert, the physical talent is off the charts.

Love is an intriguing quarterback prospect, but there are concerns about him being turnover prone. In 2019 with Utah State, Love completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 3,402 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 17 interception.

Making this kind of a move would be risky for Tampa Bay, but Arians has a great track record with quarterback. As long as they add a veteran quarterback who could be a bridge to the future for Love, this could be a move that makes sense for the Buccaneers.