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NFL Mock Draft 2015: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Jameis Winston

With the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (represented by hack GM extraordinaire HansDat) select...

Slingin' Jameis Winston is headed to Tampa Bay!!
Slingin' Jameis Winston is headed to Tampa Bay!!
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Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State University

You get three guesses (and the first two don't count) of what the featured seafood item will be on the menu at his draft party.

Conventional wisdom ALL OVER THE INTERWEBS has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selecting Winston with their pick, and barring a trade, my humble research and meager brain power can find no reason to contradict this. I'm not going to go buck wild and make a crazy pick just to be provocative and mockable at the top of this mock draft. To me and to the me projecting myself as the Bucs' GM, this seems to be the right pick for Tampa Bay. Head coach Lovie Smith @nearly admitted as much@ at the NFL Owner's Meeting, so it's a done deal.

Where I will go 'buck wild' is in my player analysis/breakdown and comment thread invitation. I am going to eschew the usual embedding of Youtube highlight clips for @film study@ and the quoting of/linking to various scouting reports lists of strengths and weaknesses. At this stage of the game, if you don't know who Winston is or what he has done to merit this selection, then I can't and won't help you with that.

Due to circumstances of his own creation, he's been tagged with off-field immaturity issues, so I first wanted to list/paraphrase them all here (via his wikipedia page) and allow you to review them one by one:

  • He was accused of sexual assault in a 2012 complaint. He was never charged with a crime, and cleared of any wrongdoing according to the FSU student code of conduct in December of 2014.
  • In 2012, he was named in an on-campus BB gun complaint but no charges were ever filed because it was determined he wasn't on campus when it happened.
  • In July of 2013, Winston was reported to the police for repeatedly stealing soda from a BK drink station using little paper ketchup cups and then a water cup while not ordering any food.
  • He stole crab legs from a Publix, and was issued an adult civil citation along with 20 hours of community service in April of 2014, and found himself suspended from college baseball activities until completing the community service.
  • In September 2014, he was suspended for his team's game against Clemson because he was caught shouting a vulgar internet meme while standing on a table in the FSU Student Union.

What does all this say about Jameis Winston? I don't know and I don't care, really. Someone else can judge him. But with all that out of the way, I can now move on to the always interesting section regarding which NFL QB the experts most think he resembles...

Charlie Campbell of sees him as a 'Big Ben' Roethlisberger clone:

Both Winston and Roethlisberger are big-armed pocket passers who can make all the throws. They have field vision, anticipation and accuracy. Like Roethlisberger, Winston is really hard to bring down because of his size and strength. Both signal-callers also share the ability to make plays with their feet when they have to. Roethlisberger was a first-round pick, which Winston will be as well. Both players also have had off-the-field controversies, plus Roethlisberger had maturity issues early in his career. The difference is that Roethlisberger has been viewed as a bad guy and teammate at times in his career. Conversely, Winston is said to be a team leader and a well-liked teammate who is good in the locker room.

Rob Rang, Dane Brugler, and Derek Stephens from also see a connection there:

Like Big Ben, Winston has all of the attributes to become an NFL star and champion, including the size, strength, poise and arm talent. Both have a tendency to hold the ball too long, putting undue pressure on their offensive line in an attempt to make the big play. Both also, unfortunately, have proven vulnerable to poor choices off the field, as well.'s Lance Zierlein likens him to both Eli Manning and Byron Leftwich:

His wind-up delivery and marginal mobility outside the pocket are reminiscent of Byron Leftwich, but his arm talent and issues with decision making are more in line with Eli Manning's.

Did anyone say Winston reminds him/her of Steve McNair? Back in November, Erik Lambert of did.

Truly the first Jameis Winston of college football was Steve McNair. The only reason people didn't remember him that way was because he played at Alcorn State, a Division II school. In terms of measurables, the two are very similar. McNair was 6'3″ and 230 lbs with that ability to break tackles and run whenever he wanted but also the arm and accuracy to run a legitimate passing game. That was why he finished third in the Heisman voting and became the third pick in the 1995 draft.

And in a comparison point inspired by Jason McIntyre's piece on The Big Lead from September, let's not forget that future NFL HOFer Peyton Manning came into the 1998 Draft with his own set of matching "character issue" baggage.


With all this premium Jameis Winston content firmly lodged in your brain and heart, we are now primed to engage in premium commentary in this thread. To set us off in the right direction, here are some prompts.

After voting in the poll, please liven things up with your take on any or all of these questions/discussion points. As always, .jpgs, gifs, and threadjacking are welcomed.

Do you agree/disagree with these QB comparisons?

Which one of these QBs would it be best for Tampa Bay to have Jameis Winston's career resemble? Explain why.

Will the 2015 NFL Draft Top QB conundrum and future career outcomes turn out more like: 1998's Peyton Manning- Ryan Leaf, 2005's Alex Smith-Aaron Rodgers, or 2012's Andrew Luck-Robert Griffin III? Why do you think this and who will be whom in your scenario? Or is there a better previous Top QB draft conundrum that this will end up emulating?


Thanks to all the CSC members who participated in this year's community mock draft. Without your help, none of this would be possible.

Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.

Catch up with all of the mock draft selections in our 2015 CSC Community Mock Draft Hub.

Pick Team Selection Team Representative Approval Rating
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston - Florida State
Hans Petersen
2 Tennessee Titans
Tee Word
3 Jacksonville Jaguars
4 Oakland Raiders
5 Washington Redskins
6 NY Jets
7 Chicago Bears
8 Atlanta Falcons
Dave Choate
9 NY Giants
10 St. Louis Rams
Kevin Sean Held
11 Minnesota Vikings
gulf shores
12 Cleveland Browns
13 New Orleans Saints
Dave Cariello
14 Miami Dolphins
Ralph Malbrough
15 San Francisco 49ers
The Irish Assassin
16 Houston Texans
17 San Diego Chargers
18 Kansas City Chiefs
19 Cleveland Browns
20 Philadelphia Eagles
Matt Mosley
21 Cincinnati Bengals
22 Pittsburgh Steelers
23 Detroit Lions
24 Arizona Cardinals
25 Carolina Panthers

26 Baltimore Ravens
27 Dallas Cowboys
28 Denver Broncos

29 Indianapolis Colts

30 Green Bay Packers
Matt Mosley
31 New Orleans Saints
Dave Cariello
32 New England Patriots