Bucs Flashback: Alstott and Dunn – Thunder and Lightning

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The Bucs announced they’ll be honoring Mike Alstott as one of two Ring of Honor inductees this year; let’s look back at his early success with Warrick Dunn.

Alstott, who was drafted in the second round in 1996, didn’t start to see his full talents realized until the team drafted Dunn in the first round of the 1997 draft. Together they combined for 7,805 rushing yards and 54 touchdowns through five seasons under coach Tony Dungy. Together, they contributed to the team cracking the top 15, four out of five seasons and the top 10 twice in team rushing from 1997-2001. The team also made the playoffs four of five seasons in that stretch.

Alstott and Dunn were the perfect complimentary duo. Dunn would be the speedy scatback that burned opposing defenses while Alstott pummeled and punished would be tacklers on the inside.

Dunn bust out getting huge chunks at a time rushing from the backfield and catching passes. While he only had two 1,000 yard rushing yard seasons, his total yards rushing and receiving would always exceed 1,000 yards. Hi s best season on the team was a combined 1,555 yards (1,133 rushing and 422 receiving) for nine touchdowns in 2000.

Alstott, while he never exceeded 1,000 rushing yards in a single season during his entire career, managed to exceed 1,000 total yards only once in 1999. He rushed for 949 yards for seven touchdowns and caught for 239 yards for a combined 1188 yards and nine touchdowns.

Dunn left for the Atlanta Falcons in 2002, but ended up returning to the team to finish his career in 2008. Alstott would remain with the team in a more traditional fullback role with the team under head coach Jon Gruden until 2007 when he retired.

Whether or not Alstott goes in the Pro Football Hall of Fame remains to be seen since Alstott primarily got his yards from the half back position while he was officially still listed as a fullback.

Doug Williams Induction to Bucs Ring of Honor Long Overdue

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The Bucs Ring of Honor felt a bit odd without Doug Williams, one of the earliest icons in franchise history, but now he’s home (again).

As the franchise’s first true franchise quarterback, Williams led the team to three postseason appearances and until 2002 and Super Bowl XXXVII, the furthest any Bucs QB has ever gone to the NFC Championship game. Only Shaun King was able to match take the team back to that game in 2000.

Williams only had two losing seasons in his five-year run with the team going 33-33-1 in his time. He’s topped 3000 passing yards twice, completing an average of 47.4 percent of his passes at a time where throwing under 50 percent was considered acceptable, and threw for 73 touchdowns and interceptions.

Williams was certainly the beneficiary of a dominant defense led by Lee Roy Selmon, but he came through when the team needed him. Williams left the team following the 1982 season for the USFL when he wasn’t re-signed by the team with a falling out with then owner Hugh Culverhouse. If it weren’t for ownership, who knows what else Williams could have accomplished instead of enduring an undeveloped Steve Young, Jack Thompson and Steve DeBerg?

Williams deserved better.

When the organization started its Tampa Stadium Krewe of Honor, Williams wasn’t among the inaugural inductees that included Selmon, his head coach in John McKay and running back Ricky Bell in 1991. HE was honored the following year in 1992. Culverhouse was the final inductee in 1993.

When the team introduced the Ring of Honor in 2009 at Raymond James Stadium, Selmon was honored again as its inaugural inductee. McKay, posthumously, was inducted in 2010, followed by tight end Jimmie Giles in 2011, tackle Paul Gruber in 2012, defensive tackle Warren Sapp in 2013 and linebacker Derrick Brooks in 2014. Naturally the two hall of famers to follow Selmon would be automatic inductees, but where was Williams in the discussion all that time no disrespect to the other members?

Williams deserved better.

Now in 2015, the Bucs are finally recognizing (again) his long-time contributions a mere 22 years after final inductee of the now-defunct Tampa Stadium Krewe of Honor was selected. Williams is getting his due credit again for the team he helped put on the NFL map, despite all those years they had a chance to induct him from the time they instituted the Ring of Honor with his position as the team’s Coordinator of Pro Scouting (2009-2010) to his time as general manager of the UFL’s Virginia Destroyers (2010-2011), his second stint as Grambling State University’s head coach (2011-2014) to now Washington Redskins‘ Personnel Executive (2014-present).

Williams is reunited with Bruce Allen, who was the general manager of the Bucs when he brought him on back as a Personnel Executive in 2004, but currently Washington’s team president.

Speaking of Washington, Williams only spent four years with the team with an “impressive” 5-9 record, but not only helped the team win Super Bowl XXII, but also earned MVP honors for the team and became inducted into their Ring of Fame, you know after only playing 21 games with the team.

Congratulations Mr. Williams, now that the Bucs have another franchise quarterback in Jameis Winston, guess they finally remembered you.

No reason to be bitter, but what took them so long?

Falcons, Bucs Top NFC South Draft Grades

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We discussed winner and losers of the draft, now let’s break it down by division starting with the NFC South.

The two teams below was taken from the previous piece.

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons landed a cornerstone for their defense in Clemson linebackerVic Beasleyeighth overall. Beasleyamassed52.5 tackles for loss, 33 sacks, 29 quarterback pressures, 11 pass breakups, seven forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and two touchdowns over 48 games. He will be to the Falcons likeLuke Kuechlyis theCarolina PanthersandLavonte Davidis to theTampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jalen Collins, corner from LSU taken in the second round,possessesa unique raw talent and attributes of was balance between height, weight and speed. Not bad considering he only has 10 starts and was projected as a first round talent.

Tevin Coleman, running back from Indianatakenin the third round, has enough talent and burst as a north-south runner to take the starting job overDevonta Freeman.

Look out for defensive tackleGrady Jarrettfrom Clemson, who was originallyprojectedas a second round, but was picked in the fifth round by the team. His speed more than makes up his lack of size.

Grade: A

Shaq Thompson

Shaq Thompson

Carolina Panthers

Panthers needed to prioritize offensive tackle and they took onein the fourth round in OklahomasDaryl Williams. Williams, who wasprojectedin round five according to NFL.com, is a big physical tackle who brings attitude and work ethic to the position. The biggest knocks on him is his below-average athleticism making him more of a liability outside of the pocket. In other words, dont expect him to do much into the second level when it comes to running plays or move much outside the pocket.

The Panthers first round choice was Washington linebackerShaq Thompson, who wasprojectedto be a second or third round choice on NFL.com andNFL Draft Scout. The biggest knocks on him is that hes a bit underweight at 219 lb for the position despite playing both inside and outside linebacker and safety positions. Hes also played on offense playing a few snaps as running back. If he doesnt fit in the defense, dont be surprised if he becomes a threat in the backfield.

Their second round choice was Michigan wide receiverDevin Funchess, who adds atall threatfor quarterbackCam Newtonat 6-foot-4. Unfortunately, they traded their third and sixth round choices to get him, so no pressure there.

Grade: C-

Andrus Peat

New Orleans Saints

The Saints grabbed two in the first round in Sanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat and Clemson linebacker Stephone Anthony. Peat was one of the highly touted tackles in the draft, who was taken 13th overall. Sports Illustrated called him possibly “the best pass blocker in his position group.” He’s versatile to play both tackle positions. NFL.com calls him the most game-ready.

Anthony’s known for his speed and steady, consistent tackling. He has the speed and blitzing ability for Rob Ryan’s defense, but he’s slow to recover against a play-action and has difficulty keeping blockers off and has difficulty keeping blockers off and a slight reach at 31st overall when they may have grabbed him in the second round. Also to help in Ryan’s defense will be second round pick Washington linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha, who fit’s his 3-4 mold despite not leaning on it as much as he used to, and fifth rounder Tennessee-Chattanooga linebacker Davis Tull.

The one to watch is Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson, their third round choice, who now has an opportunity to learn under starter Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton. It’ll be interesting how far along he is once Brees hangs it up.

Grade B-

Bucs NFL draft press conference Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

No one is denying Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston‘s raw talent. His maturity on the other hand will either make or break this franchise as indicated by the off-field issues. The Bucs didn’t hesitate to address protection in drafting Penn State tackle Donovan Smith and Hobart guard Ali Marpet in the second round. More about them can be found here.

Winston’s considered the most NFL-ready QB and he’ll have some additional weapons since the team’s drafted almost all offensive players again with the exception of LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander, who was taken in the fourth round, but projected to be taken in the third. Alexander has quick lateral movement slipping by blocks and into gaps, but his awareness needs work.

The Bucs grabbed Nebraska wide receiver Kenny Bell in the fifth round who’s known to shred the field, who’s an ideal in the slot position for big plays and likely to complete with Louis Murphy and Robert Herron. The team picked up Utah receiver/returner Kaelin Clay in the sixth round who’s dangerous in the open field with his three punts returned for scores in 2014.

All, including Hawaii fullback Joey Isoefa, their seventh round choice, could see time starting on the team.

Grade: B

NFL Draft 2015 Winners and Losers

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Another draft wrapped in the books and here are the top three winners and losers of the draft.

Winners

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons landed a cornerstone for their defense in Clemson linebacker Vic Beasley eighth overall. Beasley amassed 52.5 tackles for loss, 33 sacks, 29 quarterback pressures, 11 pass breakups, seven forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and two touchdowns over 48 games. He will be to the Falcons like Luke Kuechly is the Carolina Panthers and Lavonte David is to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jalen Collins, corner from LSU taken in the second round, possesses a unique raw talent and attributes of was balance between height, weight and speed. Not bad considering he only has 10 starts and was projected as a first round talent.

Tevin Coleman, running back from Indiana taken in the third round, has enough talent and burst as a north-south runner to take the starting job over Devonta Freeman.

Look out for defensive tackle Grady Jarrett from Clemson, who was originally projected as a second round, but was picked in the fifth round by the team. His speed more than makes up his lack of size.

SECJacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars probably landed more potential starters than anyone else in this entire draft starting off with defensive end/linebacker Dante Fowler from Florida as third overall pick. Fowler led the Gators with 15 tackles for loss and 17 quarterback hurries and had 8.5 sacks. He started 25 of his 37 games he’s played in. He’s been compared to Khalil Mack and should be a huge disruptive force in the NFL.

T.J. Yeldon, second rounder running back from Alabama, is a dual threat running and catching from the backfield. He can run in different directions showing great lateral movement, but lacks top-end speed.

A.J. Cann, guard from South Carolina, is great value pick in the third round, particularly for his ability to be suited for a power scheme recognizing stunts and blitzes. He’s got the size, frame and fundamentals to make it in this league.

Michael Bennett, defensive tackle from Ohio St., fell to the Jags in the sixth round. Despite being projected in the second round he might be one of the best steals of the draft given his ability to burst through the line and overcoming double teams despite his stamina issues.

Minnesota Vikings

Despite not getting the desired cornerback and first round selection for running back Adrian Peterson, the team landed a solid choice in cornerback Trae Waynes from Michigan State. As the fastest cornerback in the combine (4.31 seconds in 40-yard dash), he excels in bump-and-run and man coverage. He’s started in 27 of 36 games while with the Spartans.

The Vikings landed two linebackers in UCLA’s Eric Kendricks and LSU’s Danielle Hunter. Kendricks has a nose for the ball reads the developing play well often disrupting running plays while attacking the gaps. Hunter has the mix of speed and power often using his arms to deflect passes disrupting passing lanes.

The team also landed one of top offensive tackles in the draft in T.J. Clemmings in the fourth round. Despite a foot injury, Clemmings still has the top-notch size and strength to play the position. He can definitely be the stout pass protector quarterback Teddy Bridgewater needs to possibly take him to the next level.

Losers

St. Louis Rams

The Rams are banking that Georgia running back Todd Gurley gets all the help they get adding Wisconsin tackle Rob Hevenstein in the second round, Louisville tackle/guard Jamon Brown in the third, Iowa offensive tackle Andrew Donnal in the fourth, and Fresno State guard Cody Wichmann in the sixth round. Great for power running attack, but not necessarily good for quarterback Nick Foles.

Havenstein might have been a reach in the second round with NFL.com projecting him in the third or fourth round. The biggest knock on him despite his frame and power blocking is that he has to sumo wrestle to get defender centered and is almost never under the pads of his opponent.

While Gurley has been given comparisons to Marshawn Lynch with his speed and power, he might become the primary focus on the team in the way that Marshall Faulk and Stephen Jackson were before him.

Carolina Panthers

Panthers needed to prioritize offensive tackle and they took one…in the fourth round in Oklahoma’s Daryl Williams. Williams, who was projected in round five according to NFL.com, is a big physical tackle who brings attitude and work ethic to the position. The biggest knocks on him is his below-average athleticism making him more of a liability outside of the pocket. In other words, don’t expect him to do much into the second level when it comes to running plays or move much outside the pocket.

The Panthers’ first round choice was Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson, who was projected to be a second or third round choice on NFL.com and NFL Draft Scout. The biggest knocks on him is that he’s a bit underweight at 219 lb for the position despite playing both inside and outside linebacker and safety positions. He’s also played on offense playing a few snaps as running back. If he doesn’t fit in the defense, don’t be surprised if he becomes a threat in the backfield.

Their second round choice was Michigan wide receiver Devin Funchess, who adds a tall threat for quarterback Cam Newton at 6-foot-4. Unfortunately, they traded their third and sixth round choices to get him, so no pressure there.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts need another wide receiver like the New Orleans Saints needs another wide receiver. Quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Drew Brees distribute the ball to all the receivers in their offense. So there’s far less on a primary target, yet the Colts selected Miami’s Phillip Dorsett in the first round.

There’s no denying his imminent success in the league, but will he produce any more than other receivers than say T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson and Done Moncrief.

The Colts did find value in Florida Atlantic’s cornerback D’Joun Smith in the second round and Stanford defensive end Henry Anderson in the third round. Smith’s had kick returning experience and has a nose for the ball. He has deep route issues and needs work tackling. Anderson is not a power lineman and will get pushed off the line at times on running plays particularly on the inside. Anderson is smart and plays with passion garnering 12.5 tackles for a loss being third in the Pac-12.

Smith and Marpet, 2nd Round Choices Protect Bucs’ Future

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The Bucs’ prioritized the offense some more in picking up Penn State’s tackle Donovan Smith and Hobart’s center Ali Marpet in the second round.

The biggest on-field question mark the Bucs needed to address on how they’ll protect first round choice FSU QB Jameis Winston. With Smith and Marpet on board, the offense just became a little less of a liability. The Bucs were left without a third round choice trading back into the second round for Marpet.

Here are the details on both.

Donovan Smith

The 6-foot-6 and 338 lb junior has the perfect size, is fleet on foot and has the ideal balance of what is needed from a tackle. He has the tendency, according to Dane Brugler and Rob Rang of NFL Draft Scout, of playing too high and needs to improve his knee bend and consistent technique.

He does an admirable job protecting the corner, but sometimes leaves too much space on the inside. He does have the ability to pick up the blitz and is quick to the second level without drawing penalties. He’ll be a valuable asset in the pass and will complement the run running a 5.27 on his 40 yard time in the Combine. Smith has been reliable starting 31 games at Penn State.

Ali Marpet

Ali Marpet

Ali Marpet

A product of Division III Hobart and William Smith, Marpet started 37 of 43 games. He did not allow a single sack in 2014. He’s also quick on his feet, has good strength, and held his own at the Senior Bowl. He’s had experience at all three offensive linemen positions, which is a great plus in this league given the need for versatility.

The biggest negative, according to NFL.com, is the fact he’s face inferior competition and gets caught leaning and lunging. Look for Marpet to move to guard.

Can New Bucs QB Jameis Winston Win Over His Critics?

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Shortly after the Bucs selected FSU QB Jameis Winston first overall pick, he tweeted his celebration “meal.”

He deleted the tweet shortly afterward apparently self-aware that Crab-gate still haunts him particularly from his biggest critics.

So suffice it to say, he’s probably the most controversial first overall pick in Bucs history. Much of what I’ve observed particularly on social media was a mix of praise and “drawing their lines in the sand” when Winston was picked.

Want to serve some reminders who “suddenly” developed a conscience over what the team’s done in its past or didn’t know about it at all.

  • What would the fanbase’s reaction of Warren Sapp‘s drafting in 1995 if Twitter or Facebook were around given his off-field issues?
  • When head coach Jon Gruden signed Jerramy Stevens in 2007, how many people realized the record on him? Where was the mass exodus of fans due to his off-field issues?
  • In the franchise’s near 40 years in existence, the team’s suffered 26 losing seasons, 23 of those at double-digits and reaching 14 losses five times. This includes as recently as last season.
  • In seven years, the team’s had four different head coaches from Gruden, Raheem Morris, Greg Schiano and now Lovie Smith. The last coach to have a playoff appearance was Gruden in 2007.
  • The team didn’t re-sign Sapp, released John Lynch and Derrick Brooks, which were the core of the Tampa 2 defense that lead to the team’s victory in Super Bowl XXXVII. All three were let go for nothing which many of the fans repaid the Glazers causing major fan upheaval.
  • Among the team’s worst draft decisions – Drafting Bo Jackson first overall in 1986 when he made his intentions clear he didn’t want to play for the team. Drafting Dexter Jackson, wide receiver from Appalachian State in the second round in the 2008 draft.

Too many of the fans though, drafting Winston was the move that was the last straw…

So as much work Smith and Winston have to make this franchise relevant again, here are a few things Winston can do to help against his detractors and become the positive influence he can be in the community.

  • Keep a low profile.
  • Win some games.
  • Make the playoffs.
  • Let his play do all the talking for him.

I can see where many can be put off by his confidence and attitude which may believe it’s brazen and to a fault. In time, the more successful he is, the more community service he’s doing, eventually the fans will come around.

Obviously the rape allegations will always follow him around no matter what the result is, but most will allow the legal process to play itself out even if it’s a civil suit.

To those who are quitting the team over principal just because of Winston, well you’re clearly not been paying attention enough to the team’s history, much less the league’s history of dealing with such issues.

Suffice it to say, quitting over Winston is quite petty and you really have to ask yourself why you’re even a fan.

Tampa Bay Bucs Primary NFL Draft Needs and Preview

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The NFL Draft looms as the Bucs are looking to fill some major holes with top-tier talent.

Here are the position analysis of team needs.

Offensive Line

The Bucs have done very little to address the position signing center Ben Gottschalk and two to reserve/futures contracts in center Jeremiah Warren and tackle Matt Patchan. They’ve released tackle Anthony Collins.

Don’t be surprised if the team picks up 2-3 linemen in the draft. Here are some of the players I’ve covered in the past that might make a good fit for the Bucs.

Guards

A.J. Cann

Canns been touted as a second-round prospect, according to CBS sports. The South Carolina standouts strengths are suited for a power scheme absorbing bull rushes while recognizing stunts and blitzes.

His 6-3, 311-pound frame and solid fundamentals will definitely also get him some first-round looks as well. If the Bucs do trade down for more picks, dont be surprised if he becomes one of the guys they pick up in the process. They may still luck out should he be available in the second round.

Cann can learn a lot from Mankins to help reach his full NFL potential.

Tre Jackson Florida StateTre Jackson

If Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston gets drafted by the Bucs with their first pick, dont be surprised if Jackson follows. As a two-year starter and All-ACC second team selection, Jacksons been known to pick up blitzes and rushers. He can also run block effectively downfield.

Jackson wields a 6-4, 330-pound frame and his biggest asset of his play is his strength, but at times has shown struggles against speed rushers and isnt often called upon to pull on plays.

Jackson is projected to go within the second or third round.

Tackles

T.J. Clemmings

In a draft loaded with top-tier first-round caliber talent at tackle, the opportunities are primed for the Bucs to capitalize if theyre to trade down from the top pick. First on this list is T.J. Clemmings. Standing at 6-foot-6, 315 lb., the Pittsburgh standout is a converted defensive lineman with long arms who utilizes his strength to keep defenders at bay. A stronger run blocker, Clemmings can be coached up to be a staple at the left tackle position. If the Bucs were to trade down, he may be available at the mid-late first round.

Cameron Erving

The Florida State tackle has versatility at his side playing both left tackle and center. Erving, who stands at 6-feet-5, 309 lb., has shown the ability to fend off edge rushers while remaining stout against defensive tackles at center. Ervings versatility may be his biggest strength in a unit that often demands its players to play multiple positions. While Erving is a smooth puller, he loses track of his target at times.

NCAA Football: Outback Bowl-Iowa vs Louisiana StateBrandon Scherff

CBS Sports ranks Scherff as their top offensive tackle in the 2015 draft. Scherff provides one of the most sound run and pass blocking in the current crop of tackles. He is considered by scouts as one of the countrys most pro-ready lineman. With a 6-foot-5, 315 lb. frame, Scherffs been known to have some hip and joint tightness in his technique.

Scherffs been compared to four-time Pro Bowler Joe Staley of the San Francisco 49ers, which is certainly not too shabby. If Scherff becomes the Bucs first overall pick, he could very well fulfill the staple force at the position Paul Gruber was for the team for 12 seasons.

Defensive End

The positions accounted for 15.5 of the 36 team sacks among six players compared to the 16.5 among three players in 2014. Here are a couple of players who can make an immediate impact.

Mario Edwards, Jr.

This prospect from Florida State stands at 6-foot-3 and 300 lb. with first and second round potential. Edwards versatility can allow him to function as a 3-4 defensive end or a 4-3 defensive tackle, according to CBS Sports. His power and height can present problems for quarterbacks as an edge rusher and run stuffer. Edwards was a main factor in helping the Seminoles runs in 2013 and 2014 compiling a combined 72 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks within their title and Rose Bowl runs.

While the Bucs may focus on QB and offensive line help within the first two picks, Edwards could be an option should the Bucs invest an extra pick within the first three rounds by trading down.

Trey Flowers

Flowers is an ideal defensive end for a Tampa 2 system with his speed off the corner posting a 4.8, 40 time. The Arkansas prospect stands at 6-foot-2 and 268 lb. Voted second-team All-SEC in 2014, Flowers amassed 44 tackles, including 13.5 for loss and five sacks, plus three forced fumbles and an interception. He posted similar numbers in 2013 with 50 tackles, including 13 for loss and six sacks.

According to CBS Sports, he may not have the ideal flexibility, explosive quick twitch or the straight-line speed to be a featured stand-up rusher in the NFL, but makes up for it with his versatility and pursuit.

Should Flowers drop to the third round, dont be surprised if the Bucs pick him up to shore up their pass rush.

It’s very possible the Bucs can trade for extra picks to pick up at least 1-2 of these guys on this list. I predict if no dramatic trades are made with the Bucs the team pick up offensive lineman and defensive end in the second and third rounds, respectively.

Quarterback

The main reason why this will likely be the first overall pick is because this will essentially be job security for Lovie Smith as the player can share the blame for any struggles the team will face in the coming year. Here is a look at the two top picks.

Jameis WinstonJameis Winston

Winston’s success has definitely benefitted by very talented FSU team. Make no mistake, FSU stands to be one of the most represented draft classes in 2015. Does that diminish any of his raw talent? That seems to be a huge question.

Standing at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, Winston possess the raw athleticism and psychological game to go through his progressions scoring 25 touchdowns through the air, significantly down from the previous year where he threw for 40 in winning the Heisman. While most of his 18 interceptions were deflections, he has the ability to recover through adversity.

Winston’s biggest test in transitioning to the NFL level is if he can be successful in the Bucs system without having Jimbo Fisher‘s offense and his talent around him.

The off-the-field issues are a non-factor since the Bucs have stated that it’s not playing a factor in his decision. I’m 90 percent sure he’ll be their first pick.

ncf_a_marcus-mariota_mb_576 (1)Marcus Mariota

If any other NFL team is convinced the Bucs could make a move on him, he could very well be the trade fodder the Bucs need to build more depth. One big difference between Mariota and Winston is that Mariota plays in a spread offense while Winston plays in a more pro-ready system.

Mariota’s a much a physical specimen as Winston is standing at 6-foot-4 and 219 pounds. While the 2014 Heisman winner is highly efficient with his throws with 36 touchdowns and five interceptions, the product of Oregon does have a tendency to fumble the football. He’s been compared to Ben Roethlisberger, who ran the shotgun a lot in Ohio.

I consider Mariota a five percent chance at no. 1 and the possibility of trading down the pick is also at five percent.

Breaking down career numbers in averages per season since Mariota played three seasons and Winston played two.

AVERAGES PER SEASON
Name Completions Attempts Completion Percentage Yards TD INT Rating
Marcus Mariota 260 389 66.8 3599 35 5 171.8
Jameis Winston 281 426 66.0 3982 33 14 163.3