It's time to begin our fifth annual Dawgs By Nature Community Mock Draft! With the first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select...
Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
The selection and write-up were made by BuenosAires_Dawg:
I am not going to sugarcoat this, Tampa Bay sucked last year. They were 29th in scoring offense and 25th in scoring defense. Their starting quarterback, journeyman Josh McCown, was an unmitigated disaster and he is now playing for the quarterback churning machine, the Cleveland Browns. His backup, Mike Glennon, has a limited ceiling. While he takes care of the ball (career int. rate of 2.4%), his completion rate is below 60% and doesn’t seem to be getting better with time.
One of the reasons why these quarterbacks have been so poor is that Tampa Bay has the worst offensive line in the business. The Bucs have to go QB or LT with this pick. However, there is no bookend tackle that can justify passing on a potential franchise quarterback. Winston is a solid prospect. His build, arm and accuracy are his assets. The knock on him is the number of interceptions he’s thrown and his storied history with law enforcement.
It is hard to venture what next season will look like for Winston. He seems to be a quick learner and to be dedicated to his trade. Whether he starts or not might depend on what Tampa Bay does to fix that ghastly offensive line. No one in his right mind would throw Winston into that dumpster fire, no matter how fast he can adapt to the NFL. TB is not expected to be competitive this season, so he can warm the bench a little so Glennon can sit by the bye week.
I don't expect Winston to start right off the bat. In spot duty the past two years, Glennon has a solid touchdown to interception ratio, almost to the point where it feels like he's getting the shaft here. The Buccaneers still have some good talent at the receiver position, but they'll want to upgrade their offensive line more to protect their new franchise quarterback long-term. I can't really see the Buccaneers going with any other pick other than quarterback, unless they trade down.
The Tennessee Titans are up next, led by scott tizzle.
2015 DBN Community Mock Draft Results (so far)
|1||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Jameis Winston||QB||Florida State||BuenosAires_Dawg|
|2||Tennessee Titans||scott tizzle|
|6||New York Jets||aszabo1|
|9||New York Giants||Bizono|
|10||St. Louis Rams||Ted Washington's Belly|
|12||Cleveland Browns||Adam Rice|
|13||New Orleans Saints||TuckJob|
|15||San Francisco 49ers||Manly and Loving It|
|17||San Diego Chargers||Crawford_T|
|18||Kansas City Chiefs||JamesPowell|
|19||Cleveland Browns||Royce Groff|
|20||Philadelphia Eagles||Matt Wood|
|22||Pittsburgh Steelers||Marquess of Rockingham|
|28||Denver Broncos||Maverick Hunter X|
|30||Green Bay Packers||syndrome|
|31||New Orleans Saints||pt_999|
|32||New England Patriots||stravaille|