Tampa Bay Buccaneers
May 1, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3), the number one overall draft pick, poses with general manager Jason Licht and head coach Lovie Smith for a photo during a press conference at One Buc Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Best Pick: QB Jameis Winston, Florida State
I don’t think this is a surprise, in the same way it wasn’t a surprise when Winston was selected with the first overall pick. Quarterback is the most important position in football, and for too long the Buccaneers haven’t had their man.
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They might have finally found him.
Winston has the potential to lead the franchise long term and turn them into playoff contenders for the first time since 2010, and even that year their 10-6 record was only good enough for third place.
What kind of short term impact Winston has is unknown. It’s possible they add a few wins to 2014’s tally, but it’s more what Winston can do in years to come that is exciting for Tampa Bay.
Worst Pick: OG Ali Marpet, Hobart
I can see why the Buccaneers made this pick. With Winston selected first overall, and with some weapons in the passing game already there, they wanted to give him some protection up front. The Bucs had already selected Donovan Smith in the second round, but doubled up on the offensive line at the bottom of the round.
Marpet’s a big guy at 6’4, 307 pounds, and he’s a good athlete. My concern with this pick is the level of competition he faced at Hobart.
Coming out of Division III, he will need to take a big step up to the NFL. He showed he can do that at the Senior Bowl, but going one further and making the transition to the NFL right away makes it a slightly risky pick.
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