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Bucs Q&A: Why not take USC's Barkley?

Have questions about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Send them to Tribune beat reporters Roy Cummings and Ira Kaufman.

Q. If the Bucs were going to take a QB with their third-round pick, dubious move to begin with given all the other needs (DT, TE, LB etc.), then why not take Matt Barkley from USC?
- Tim White, Tampa

A. There is a very simple answer to that. First, Mike Glennon, who the Bucs did select in the third round, fits the team's prototype for a QB much better than Barkley. He's tall and has a very strong arm. Barkley's arm strength is more suited to a West Coast scheme, and that' s not what the Bucs are running. Second, Glennon was the top quarterback on the Bucs' draft board, largely because he fits their mold for the position. Their plan all along was to take a quarterback at some point, and they took the best one they could, and they didn't compromise their need for defensive line help by doing it. Akeem Spence and William Gholston are pretty good prospects.

- Roy Cummings