There are twelve teams focused on the postseason in the NFL. The rest of the teams are preparing for the off-season, and in particular, the NFL Draft. With the Bucs having the 1st overall pick, all eyes have turned to the Bucs with what they might do with that selection.
"The Bucs will have a delegation, led by GM Jason Licht, at the Rose Bowl Thursday to see Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota duel Florida State’s Jameis Winston. I recently asked five GM/personnel types in the NFL about the two players, and it came out the way I thought: 5-0 in favor of Mariota, because of on-field and off-field things, including the fact that Winston, in the words of one team official who is in the market for a quarterback high in the draft, got careless on the field this year and played some undisciplined football. We won’t really know about how high Winston goes, though, until teams do their post-season homework on him."
Every year we have these polls of anonymous NFL executives that never mean anything. Last year, Teddy Bridgewater was the sure-fire top overall pick before dropping to the final pick in the 1st round. I do believe that both Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston will be high draft picks, but to act as if the gap between Mariota and Winston is big is just foolish right now.
The Bucs have been evaluating both quarterbacks and have been doing their background checks on both as well. The Rose Bowl will just be part of the process. While most automatically assume Mariota will be the Bucs selection, do not be surprised if Jameis Winston is getting heavy consideration by the Bucs right now behind closed doors.
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