On the clock: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2014 Record: 2-14, 4th NFC South
Team needs: QB, OL, LB, DE
The Buccaneers performed horribly in 2014, the first season under head coach Lovie Smith. Expectations were high entering last season, but injuries and mediocre quarterback play led to Tampa Bay’s downfall. With the first pick in the draft, the Bucs have the ability to draft a franchise quarterback or take a premier defensive player.
While a trade will be discussed, ultimately Tampa Bay needs to please their fans, stay put at number 0ne and draft their quarterback for years to come. That quarterback must be Jameis Winston.
No doubt there is some risk selecting Winston with that pick, due to his off the field issues and lack of maturity, but his talent on the football field is unquestioned. A true winner (26-1 record at Florida State), Winston can help turn the Buccaneers around instantly. It also does not hurt Winston won a National Championship in nearby Tallahassee. Attendance should immediately improve, along with the play of the team.
The Bucs have talent on the roster to compete in the lowly NFC South, and with young weapons Mike Evans, Austin Seferan-Jenkins, and even Charles Sims, Tampa would suddenly be scary up and coming team. With eight picks total in the NFL Draft, the Buccaneers can choose to continue to stockpile talent, or trade those picks for some instant gratification in a veteran.
Whatever the Buccaneers decide, the number one choice is obvious. Draft Jameis Winston.
2014 Mike Evans-WR-Texas A&M
2013 Jonathan Banks-DB-Mississippi State (2nd Rd)
2012 Mark Barron-FS-Alabama
Doug Martin-RB-Boise State
2011 Adrian Clayborn-DE-Iowa
2010 Gerald McCoy-DT-Oklahoma