TAMPA, Fla. -- Mel Kiper Jr.'s second mock draft is out and it has a lot of changes from his first version -- but not at the very top of the draft.
The only other real option for the Bucs at quarterback is Oregon's Marcus Mariota. He's a wonderful talent, but he played in the spread offense in college. That means it would probably take a year or two for him to adjust to a pro-style offense and there is no guarantee he can do that. Coach Lovie Smith doesn't have the luxury of a lot of time coming off a 2-14 season. He needs to win now.
Winston is the best bet to make that happen. He has all the physical tools and makes good decisions. But there is no guarantee the Bucs will take Winston. Despite his on-field talents, there are questions about him off the field.
Between now and the draft, the Bucs have to do their homework on the off-field incidents Winston allegedly was involved in. That's no small task. The Bucs have to do everything in their power to make sure Winston is ready to be the face of the franchise before they draft him. If the red flags are too strong, the Bucs might have to switch up and go with Mariota.