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Countdown to Combine: Tampa Bay Buccaneers QBs

A closer look at the areas the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could address in the draft. We'll get started with a look at the quarterbacks, who are scheduled to work out Saturday in Indianapolis.

Position of need: The Bucs currently don’t have a starting quarterback and all indications are they’ll address that with the first pick in the draft. They cleared the way for that to happen by releasing veteran Josh McCown, who started 11 games last year. McCown was supposed to be a model of efficiency after throwing 13 touchdowns with just one interception in Chicago in 2013. But McCown was erratic in 2014, throwing 11 touchdowns with 14 interceptions for an offense ranked No. 30 in the league.

Three players the Bucs could target in the draft:

Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State: Winston is the early favorite to be selected by the Bucs. He played in a pro-style offense in college and is the most NFL-ready quarterback in this draft. Winston has experience as a pocket passer and could thrive quickly with Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans as his top targets. The questions with Winston come off the field. The Bucs need to decide if Winston is mature enough to be the face of the franchise.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: There are no off-field questions about Mariota. But there are some on-field concerns. He has a low-key personality and might not have the charisma to be a leader. He also has played in a spread offense in college and it remains to be seen if he can thrive in a pro-style offense.

Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA: The Bucs are almost certain to use the first pick on Winston or Mariota because there is a big drop-off in the quarterbacks after that. But Tampa Bay could pull a surprise and use the first pick on another position. In that scenario, Hundley would be the best quarterback available after the first round.