When a team has the first overall pick in the NFL Draft, everyone wants to give their input. The Buccaneers have not had the first overall pick in a long time, and have not been relevant in almost as long. The attention the Bucs will receive over the next few months will be more than they've gotten in the past several years.
Former Florida State QB and current ESPN college football analyst Danny Kanell gave his opinion on who the Bucs should take.
"If you are just judging him on football acumen, what he's done on the field, he is the most NFL ready quarterback in the draft," Kanell said Tuesday morning. "Marcus Mariota is not far behind him. But when you look at FSU's system, it's very NFL-friendly."
There are many who believe that Winston is more NFL-ready than Marcus Mariota, but it might be his character that drops him down.
"Of course you do your due diligence," Kanell said. "Get Jameis Winston in the room, get to know him as best as you can on a personal level. See if you trust him with some of the decisions he's made. Once you do your due diligence, if you trust that, you trust your scouts, your GM, your people, then you take that leap of faith."
Bucs GM Jason Licht is expected to be at the Rose Bowl to watch Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston on Thursday.
It should be noted that Jameis Winston has yet to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft and will not until his season comes to an end.
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