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Buccaneers Pick QB Jameis Winston First Pick Overall

2015 NFL Scouting Combine

The Buccaneers took a chance with the first overall pick on Thursday – taking off the field troubled QB Jameis Winston. He’s the now in the word future for the team – and the club is putting a lot of stock in the future for Winston.

Here’s a scouting report on Winston.

Winston took college football by storm in 2013 as the Heisman Trophy winner while leading Florida State to a National Championship. The redshirt freshman demonstrated a quality arm with well-developed passing ability. Winston completed 67 percent of his passes that season for 4,057 yards with 40 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. On the ground, he ran for 219 yards with four touchdowns.

Winston completed 65 percent of his passes in 2014 for 3,907 yards with 25 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He also had three rushing touchdowns. Winston threw more interceptions over 2013, but aside from the Florida game, he had a fine season. Winston illustrated throughout 2014 that he can bring his team back from deficits and pull games out in the fourth quarter. His 26-1 record as a starter is no accident.

As a pocket passer, Winston is extraordinary. He is phenomenal in the pocket and can carve up a defense. Winston has very good field vision and does a superb job of scanning the field while working through his progressions. It is an innate ability that Winston displayed from the very beginning of his tenure as a starter, and it is extremely rare to see in a college quarterback. The tape shows him hang tough in the face of the pass rush, step into throws when he was going to get hit, and move well in the pocket while keeping his eyes downfield. Sources say that Winston has a good football I.Q. and will impress teams in pre-draft meetings.

Winston also has shown great anticipation and timing. For example, even with pressure in his face he would still throw passes before receivers would make their breaks so the ball would hit them between the numbers as soon as they turned around. Those are phenomenal throws for any level of football. Winston also threw some brilliant passes into tight windows to beat good coverage. When plays would break down, Winston would make plays with his feet, and if defenses left him uncovered, he would hurt them on the ground.

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