Lovie: Jameis Can Be the Face of a Franchise

Throughout the draft process, Marcus Mariota will need to prove his worth on the field and Jameis Winston will need to prove his worth off of it. With questions surrounding the character of Jameis Winston, some have questioned whether he can be a true "face of a franchise." Lovie Smith believes he can be just that.

Throughout the draft process, Marcus Mariota will need to prove his worth on the field and Jameis Winston will need to prove his worth off of it. With questions surrounding the character of Jameis Winston, some have questioned whether he can be a true "face of a franchise." Lovie Smith believes he can be just that.

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Speaking to the media as the combine got underway on Wednesday, Lovie Smith spoke a little about Jameis Winston's character. Lovie said to various media outlets that he has no problem making Jameis the "face of the franchise."

“I support the league and any decisions they make," Lovie Smith said. "Whatever they go by, I understand that. As far as how we look at it, I think if a player has been accused of something and – again [if] they’ve been exonerated of it, you have to go with it. That’s what our justice system is all about. That’s how we’ll go forward.”

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Lovie went on to say that the Bucs have already spoken to a lot of people regarding both Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota."

“I understand the allegations against him. I understand that he went through the justice system, the court system to be exonerated on some allegations against him,” Smith said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I understand the college things that a lot of guys do that you wish you wouldn’t later on. I understand some of the things that he did that are on his record right now, but you just take all the information that we could possibly get at this point, and it’s early. Keep in mind that we’re just to the Combine. We have a lot more research to do that we’ll do. But with the information I have right now, we haven’t taken him off our list right now or anything.”

If the Bucs are ok with where Jameis Winston's character is, it might be safe to assume that he'll be the pick come late April.

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