INDIANAPOLIS -- Observed and heard at the NFL combine on Thursday.
Winston's weight not a problem: A photo of an apparently pudgy Jameis Winston caused a stir on the Internet recently. But Winston showed up at the combine in good shape. He weighed in at 231 pounds. That’s one pound more than he was listed at by Florida State. Winston’s height was listed as 6-foot-4 last season. He checked in just a bit shorter (6-foot-3 3/5) than that. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota came in at the exact same height as Winston. Mariota weighed 221.
Longer visits coming: The Bucs have yet to use their official 15-minute interview sessions with Winston or Mariota. But there’s only so much you can do in such a short time. That’s why the Bucs are planning visits with both quarterbacks on their college campuses and at One Buccaneer Place.
Man of few words: Winston was scheduled to speak to the media Thursday. But that was postponed until Friday for unspecified reasons. That left Mariota in the spotlight and it quickly became obvious he’s not a media darling. Mariota was polite, but his answers were full of clichés and weren’t very lengthy.
Underrated? UCLA's Brett Hundley, whom some draft experts have ranked third behind Winston and Mariota, said he thinks some people are taking this quarterback class too lightly. “We are ready to show the nation we’re more than we’re put out to be.’’
Hometown hero: USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor, a Tampa native, said his favorite player growing up was former Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber.