TAMPA, Fla. -- Todd McShay's latest mock draft is out and there has been no change at the top.
I’m in agreement with McShay. Every signal the Bucs have sent so far indicates they’re leaning toward Winston over Oregon’s Marcus Mariota. The on-field reasoning is obvious. Winston has played in a pro-style offense while Mariota has played in a spread scheme. Winston threw the ball as well as everyone expected at the combine.
The question with Winston, however, has to do with his history of off-field incidents. Coach Lovie Smith made a pretty powerful statement when he said he sees no reason why Winston can’t be a franchise quarterback.
Smith didn’t flat out say the Bucs will take Winston. But the implications of his statement were very strong. The Bucs already have done a lot of research into Winston’s past and are comfortable with what they’ve found.
There still is a long time before the draft and the Bucs will continue to do their homework on Winston. Unless they find out something new about him, it looks like Winston will be the pick.