Hasn't this week been fun already? As all eyes look towards Tallahassee for a decision from Jameis Winston, rumors from both sides of the debate have been floated to the media. It appears, the decision might have already been made.
During the "Power Hour" with Matthew Sardo and Amanda Borges on Sports Talk Florida's 1040AM on Monday night, Jason Staples of NoleDigest.com said that if Winston does in fact enter the 2015 NFL Draft, he will be drafted before Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.
"I don't think there is any question about that at this point," Staples said when asked if Jameis would be selected before Marcus Mariota in the NFL Draft. "We heard a little bit of rumbling out of the Tampa organization, in terms of what they have seen or how they are proceeding in terms of what their on-field opinions of these players is, I'm not even sure they have Mariota as a possible number one pick.”
A lot of these opinions echo what Gil Arcia wrote here on BucsBlitz.com on Monday.
"Winston is a guy I'm almost certain they'd take at that position," Staples said of the Bucs taking Winston 1st overall. "Obviously, they would do all their digging and determine whether or not they'd be willing to take the character risk, but his (Winston) on-field grade is so much higher than what you get from someone like Mariota."
Are the Bucs locked into Jameis Winston as their quarterback? Hell, I don't know if they are. I don't even know if he'll enter this year's draft, but Staples says we might not have to wait long.
“I did hear from one well-connected person around the program today that he may have made the decision and that he would be going," Staples said. "But, again it would be really hard to know because there’s been smoke from both sides.”
"I do believe we will find out in the next couple of days from what I am hearing."
According to ESPN, Jameis Winston's father has said that his son's decision will be announced after the National Championship Game on Monday.
Some Bucs fans want Marcus Mariota and others want Jameis Winston. I just want the Bucs to have the opportunity to be able to pick from both of them and pick the one they feel is a better fit for what they'd like to do.
My fingers are crossed, are yours?
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