So if Jameis Winston joins the Bucs as the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday night's NFL draft, David believes Tampa Bay players will do whatever it takes to ensure the polarizing quarterback fits in -- even if that means telling him to tone it down a bit.
"We've got guys in this locker room with great character, and once he comes, if we draft him and he comes into the locker room, we have some guys, some veteran guys, that will pull him to the side and make him understand that there's a role here he has to play and sometimes he may have to tone that down," David said Tuesday, according to the Tampa Tribune. "Some guys may just say, 'Be yourself, that's who you are, so be yourself.' But I don't think [he] will be a distraction or anything like that. I'm sure if he comes in he'll adapt to what we have going on in the locker room."
Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner who led Florida State to the BCS national title that season, starred on the field in his two seasons with the Seminoles. But he also ran into trouble off the field, including an allegation of sexual assault for which he was not charged.
His maturity has been questioned, and teams like the Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans, who own the No. 2 overall pick, have done plenty of homework on the QB in the months leading up to the draft.
Winston, for his part, reportedly impressed the Bucs when he visited team headquarters last month. One of the players he met was veteran receiver Vincent Jackson, who on Tuesday called Winston a "bright" and "nice kid."
"Obviously we spend a lot of time with our quarterback, so we'll have a lot hands-on interaction with him, on the field and in the meeting rooms,'' Jackson said of Winston potentially joining the team. "I'll definitely try to help tutor him and help him with his learning curve as much as I can -- whomever it is that comes in."