On the heels of the civil lawsuit filed on Thursday by Erica Kinsman, the former Florida State student who accused former Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault in December 2012, Winston’s legal advisor, David Cornwell, fired back on Friday with a statement:
“This stunt was expected. Ms. Kinsman’s false accusations have already been exposed and rejected six times. This time will be no different. Mr. Winston welcomes the opportunity to clear his name with the truth.
“Mr. Winston is looking forward to the upcoming draft. He will not permit this ploy to distract him as he begins the journey of fulfilling his lifelong dream of being a championship quarterback in the National Football League.”
Winston has claimed his innocence and that the sex with Kinsman was consensual. He was not charged with any crime after being investigated by the Florida State Attorney’s Office and by Florida State University.
Kinsman, who was featured in the documentary “The Hunting Ground,” filed her civil suit two weeks prior to the NFL Draft where Winston is expected to be the first overall selection by Tampa Bay. Bucs sources told PewterReport.com on Thursday that this civil suit will have no effect on the team’s draft plans whatsoever.
BUCS’ PRE-DRAFT VISITS & WORKOUTS: CBs
The Buccaneers have added some depth and competition to the cornerback position this offseason and will likely continue that trend in the draft. With Mike Jenkins re-signed to bolster the cornerback position, which is led by Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks, Tampa Bay could turn to improving the talent at the nickel cornerback spot in the draft.
The Bucs only had one interception last year from the nickel cornerback spot, which was handled by Leonard Johnson and Isaiah Frey. Tampa Bay signed veteran free agent Sterling Moore to compete for the starting job, but all three nickel corners are only signed for the 2015 season.
The Bucs have been scouting nickel cornerbacks during the offseason, including Texas’ Quandray Diggs and Oregon State’s Steven Nelson at the Senior Bowl and Oregon’s Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. Here is a list of nickel cornerbacks the team has scouted in either visits to One Buc Place or personal workouts at the players’ respective schools.
TCU CB Kevin White
The Bucs met with White at the Senior Bowl and then visited with him at One Buc Place. He’s a willing tackler in run support and had six career interceptions while matching up against some of the Big 12’s top receivers like West Virginia Kevin White and Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett. The shifty White is considered to be a third-round pick.
Florida State CB Ronald Darby
The Bucs have met with Darby, a junior entry, who produced two interceptions and two forced fumbles in his three years at Florida State, but did not record a pick last year. Darby isn’t as fast or as athletic as fellow Seminoles cornerback P.J. Williams, but he’s tough in run support and good against slot receivers. He’s regarded as a fourth-round draft pick.
Kansas CB JaCorey Shepherd
The Bucs worked out Shepherd in late March at KU on the same day the team worked out linebacker Ben Heeney. Shepherd is more quick than fast, which is why he’s better suited inside in the pros. He’s had 28 pass breakups and five interceptions in the past two years, and is viewed as a fourth- or fifth-round selection.
Rice CB Bryce Callahan
Callahan is always around the ball, evidenced by his 33 pass breakups and 13 interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. The Bucs were scouting him hard at the East-West Shrine practices and have met with the Day 3 prospect, who will likely be drafted in the fifth or sixth rounds.
Memphis CB Bobby McCain
McCain has 12 career interceptions, including three he returned for touchdowns, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. He had a great week at the East-West Shrine Game and met with the Bucs, in addition to Tampa Bay visiting with him at One Buccaneer Place. McCain, who also has experience as a kick returner, is viewed as a sixth- or seventh-round pick.
Ball State CB Eric Patterson
The Bucs worked out Patterson, who hails from Tampa, with some other local prospects on Friday. He’s overcoming a broken arm that caused him to miss the last three games of the season. Patterson is a hard-hitting corner in run support, but also had six career interceptions at Ball State. He’s likely a seventh-round draft candidate or an undrafted free agent.
BUCS’ PRE-DRAFT VISITS-WORKOUTS: FSs
The Buccaneers could surprise a lot of folks and draft a free safety early – perhaps as early as the third round. That premise has been written about in a recent edition of SR’s Fab 5 and also in PewterReport.com’s 2015 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft.
Tampa Bay has been scouting mid-round safeties hard this offseason despite the re-signing of Major Wright and the addition of free safety Chris Conte. Wright signed a two-year deal and Conte inked a one-year pact with the team, but neither is considered to be a long-term solution at free safety opposite strong safety Bradley McDougald.
With only two interceptions coming from the safety positions last year – and none through the first 15 games of the season – Tampa Bay needs more playmakers roaming the center of the field. The Bucs like a lot of safeties, including Samford’s Jaquiski Tartt and Utah safety/cornerback Eric Rowe, and here is a list of the ones the has scouted in either visits to One Buc Place or personal workouts at the players’ respective schools.
Arizona State FS Damarious Randall
Arizona State reporter Brad Denny reported that Randall would work out with the Bucs and that took place on Sunday at One Buccaneer Place. Randall has actually met with Tampa Bay twice and is the team’s third-round pick in the latest PewterReport.com’s 2015 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft, but he could go in the second round. Including his two years at a junior college, Randall intercepted 19 passes over the last four years.
Northwestern FS Ibraheim Campbell
Aaron Wilson reported that Campbell has recently worked out for Tampa Bay and his stock is on the rise after the Senior Bowl where he performed well. Campbell has great instincts, ball skills and hitting ability. He notched 10 interceptions and six forced fumbles as a four-year starter for the Wildcats. Campbell’s stock is on the rise and he could have moved himself into the third round with a nice offseason.
Fresno State FS Derron Smith
Bucs safeties coach Mikal Smith attended Derron Smith’s workout at Fresno State. It’s possible that Smith has had a workout with Smith at that time. The Bulldogs safety was a four-year starter and finished his FSU career with 15 interceptions, including two pick-sixes, including seven as a junior in 2013. Smith is considered a third- or fourth-round prospect.
Louisville FS Gerod Holliman
Matt Miller first reported that Holliman was scheduled to meet with the Bucs back in March, and that visit took place on Sunday at One Buccaneer Place. Tampa Bay wants more takeaways from the free safety position and Holliman tied an NCAA record with 14 interceptions as a redshirt sophomore in 2014. Holliman needs to work on his tackling, and because he does, he’s likely a fourth-round selection.
Penn State FS Adrian Amos
In his diary for the Baltimore Sun, Amos reported that he recently had a private workout with Bucs safeties coach Mikal Smith. Amos, a former cornerback, is a big, hulking safety with solid hands and a nose for the ball. With his frame, Amos has the size and skill set to play either free safety or strong safety. He’s likely a fourth- or fifth-round pick.
This PR Bucs Blog entry will be updated as more free safeties visits and/or workouts are reported. Photo by: Getty Images
BUCS’ PRE-DRAFT VISITS-WORKOUTS: LBs
Despite signing Bruce Carter in free agency, don’t be surprised to see Tampa Bay draft a linebacker in 2015. Carter has a history of playing strongside and weakside linebacker in Dallas, and only played in the middle when the Cowboys deployed a 3-4 scheme. The Bucs have been scouting middle linebackers with starting potential to challenge Carter for the job, or at the very least replace reserve Mike linebacker Dane Fletcher, who starred on special teams and wasn’t re-signed this offseason.
Every NFL club is allowed 30 visits to their team’s facility. NFL teams like the Bucs can work out as many draft prospects away from team facilities as they would like. Here is a list of linebackers the team has scouted in either visits to One Buc Place or personal workouts at the players’ respective schools or hometowns.
UCLA MLB Eric Kendricks
There are some within the Bucs organization that believe that Kendricks is the best linebacker in the draft. At 6-foot, 230 pounds he’s not the biggest but Kendricks, whose brother Mychal is a linebacker for the Eagles, but he’s fast and has great instincts in coverage. According to NFL Network, Tampa Bay worked him out after his pro day, which was attended by linebackers coach Hardy Nickerson. Kendricks is a late-first- or early-second-round pick.
TCU MLB Paul Dawson
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that Dawson was privately worked out by Tampa Bay. On tape, he’s a productive blitzer, tackler and coverage linebacker, but didn’t test well athletically at the NFL Scouting Combine or his pro day. He could be drafted anywhere between rounds 2-4. If he falls to the third or fourth round the Bucs may be interested in pulling the trigger.
Georgia MLB Ramik Wilson
As first reported by WalterFootball.com, the Bucs have privately worked out Wilson, who hails from the Tampa area. One of the SEC’s leading tacklers over the past couple of seasons, Wilson is athletic and has the speed necessary to play in the Tampa 2 scheme. The Bulldogs standout is believed to be a third- or fourth-round prospect.
Kansas MLB Ben Heeney
The Bucs had a private workout at KU for Heeney and Jayhawks cornerback JaCorey Shepherd in late March. Heeney was a tackling machine at Kansas and was also sound in pass coverage, notching four career picks. He’s one of the fastest linebackers in the draft with sub-4.6 speed and could help Tampa Bay on Day 3. He’s currently a fifth-round pick in PewterReport.com’s 2015 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft.
This PR Bucs Blog entry will be updated as more linebackers visits and/or workouts are reported. Photo by: Getty Images
BUCS’ PRE-DRAFT VISITS-WORKOUTS: DL
The Buccaneers need to add an edge pass rusher in the 2015 NFL Draft to replace defensive end Michael Johnson, who was cut after one disappointing season, but have also spent time meeting with some defensive tackles, too. Tampa Bay defensive line coach Joe Cullen worked out Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton, a mid-first-round pick, in addition to defensive end Hau’oli Kikaha, whose 19 sacks ranked first in college football last year., and Andrew Hudson, who had 12.5 sacks last year and 22.5 in his Huskies career. Kikaha couldn’t crack 4.8 in the 40-yard dash and has had two ACL surgeries on the same knee, so his stock could plummet to the middle rounds where the Bucs might take a chance on him.
Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was at Memphis’ pro day to see cornerback Bobby McCain and defensive end Martin Ifedi, who is the Tigers’ all-time sack leader, and the Bucs were also present at Towson’s pro day to watch defensive end Ryan Delaire.
Every NFL club is allowed 30 visits to their team’s facility. NFL teams like the Bucs can work out as many draft prospects away from team facilities as they would like. Here is a list of defensive linemen the team has scouted in either visits to One Buc Place or personal workouts at the players’ respective schools or hometowns.
Florida DE Dante Fowler
Fowler, who is regarded as a top-10 pick, doesn’t count against the Bucs’ 30 visits because he’s a local prospect, and could be the top defensive player taken in the 2015 NFL Draft. Fowler is a tremendous athlete with long arms, but wasn’t a mega-producer at Florida, which is a signal that he’s either still reaching his potential or he could be an overhyped athlete that will disappoint in the NFL.
Utah DE Nate Orchard
First reported by NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Orchard will be visiting the Bucs this week, and that’s welcome news as the team desperately needs a pass rusher after releasing Michael Johnson, who was an overhyped, overpaid free agent signing last year. Orchard had 18.5 sacks last season after posting just 3.5 the year before, and he abused Stanford left tackle Andrus Peat, who is considered to be a first-round prospect. Because he’s not a quick-twitch athlete, Orchard is likely a second- or third-round pick and may be Tampa Bay’s pick in Round 2.
Clemson DT Grady Jarrett
The Bucs really like Jarrett, who starred at the Senior Bowl, for his ability to trample the run on the way to the quarterback. Jarrett was instrumental in helping Vic Beasley get to the QB so often by providing an inside pass rush with his quickness. The Bucs worked out Jarrett, who carries a third- or fourth-round grade, at Clemson.
Auburn DT Gabe Wright
Similar to Jarrett, Wright is a strong, quick one-gap penetrator that would be perfect in the Tampa 2 scheme, which favors speed over size. Wright is big enough to play in the NFL at 6-foot-3, 300 pounds, and is graded as a fourth-round pick.
Clemson DE Corey Crawford
Crawford is a massive athlete at 6-foot-5, 299 pounds that had mediocre production at Clemson playing opposite Beasley. He has limited pass rush skills, but excels in stopping the run. Crawford, who carries a fifth-round grade and was worked out by Tampa Bay at Clemson, might be a better fit as a 3-4 defensive end than in a 4-3 scheme.
Clemson DE Tavaris Barnes
Barnes split time at left defensive end with Crawford for the Tigers, which hindered his production. Still, Barnes has an explosive burst and great size at 6-foot-4, 282 pounds to play left end in a 4-3 scheme like the Tampa 2. He’s currently viewed as an undrafted free agent.
Idaho DT Quayshawne Buckley
Buckley is a 6-foot-2, 291-pound pass-rushing defensive tackle that compiled 14.5 sacks, including 9.5 over the past two seasons. He carries a seventh-round or priority undrafted free agent grade and could be a nice pick up to bring to training camp.
Indiana DT Bobby Richardson
The undersized Richardson, who is 6-foot-3, 286 pounds, used his quickness to generate 11 sacks and 22 tackles for loss, in addition to blocking three kicks at Indiana. A Tampa native, Richardson will be working out at One Buc Place as a local prospect and could be considered as an undrafted free agent.
Washington DE Andrew Hudson
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Hudson was benched for most of the 2013 season until getting a second chance last year with the new Huskies coaching staff. Playing on a defense with Kikaha and Shelton, Hudson recorded 12.5 sacks after not recording any as a junior. He wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine or any college all-star games, but impressed Cullen and will visit One Buc Place within the week.
This PR Bucs Blog entry will be updated as more defensive linemen visits and/or workouts are reported.
BUCS PRE-DRAFT VISITS-WORKOUTS: OL
The Buccaneers will be adding at least one offensive lineman in the 2015 NFL Draft and have spent the offseason focusing on tackles and guards. PewterReport.com has had Colorado State tackle Ty Sambrailo, whose pro day was attended by Bucs offensive line coach George Warhop, and Florida State guard Tre` Jackson in a previous version of its 2015 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft before and has Pittsburgh’s T.J. Clemmings in its current edition. The Bucs also attended Boston College’s pro day and met with center Andy Gallik afterwards. It is unknown if Sambrailo and Gallick worked out for the Bucs or if they are scheduled to visit One Buc Place at this time.
Every NFL club is allowed 30 visits to their team’s facility. NFL teams like the Bucs can work out as many draft prospects away from team facilities as they would like. Here is a list of offensive linemen the team has scouted in either visits to One Buc Place or personal workouts at the players’ respective schools or hometowns.
Florida State OT-C Cameron Erving*
Erving was one of four offensive lineman that Warhop privately worked out on April 8 at Florida State when the Bucs’ brass descended on Tallahassee to privately work out quarterback Jameis Winston. Erving was Winston’s blindside pass protector for a year and a half before moving to center midseason in 2014. He wound up as an All-ACC performer at both positions and is expected to be a mid- to late-first-round pick.
Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings
Clemmings is meeting with the Bucs, who like the fact that he has two years worth of experience at right tackle and the size, athleticism, quickness and frame to play left tackle. There are some similarities to Clemmings and Dallas’ Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith. Clemmings didn’t have a good showing at the Senior Bowl, which hurt his draft stock and could push him to the top of the second round.
Miami OT Ereck Flowers
Between a private visit and a workout, the Bucs are definitely interested in Flowers, who played left tackle at Miami, but has the size and power to play right tackle in the NFL. Flowers is likely a late first-round pick, which means Tampa Bay might have to trade up from the second round into the first round if they want to acquire Flowers.
Florida OT D.J. Humphries
The Bucs have a need at offensive tackle and Humphries, who started 19 games at left tackle for the Gators, would be a nice fit if he can stay healthy. Humphries missed seven games over the past two years due to injuries. Humphries is a big, physical nasty run blocker with enough quickness to be effective in pass protection. He’s likely a second- or third-round pick.
Florida OT Chaz Green
Green, a Tampa native, is one of the local prospects who will be visiting the Bucs later in the week for a workout. He played right tackle at Florida, but has the size and athleticism to play guard at the NFL level. Because Tampa Bay has needs at right guard and right tackle, the Bucs could spend a Day 3 draft pick on Green if he works out well.
South Florida OT Darrell Williams
Williams started 29 straight games at left tackle for the Bulls, and is getting a look at the Bucs’ local workout at One Buccaneer Place on Friday. Williams also has the quick feet necessary to play inside at guard and could be an undrafted free agent or a rookie mini-camp invite.
South Florida C Austin Reiter
Like Williams, Reiter has been invited to One Buccaneer Place for a local workout on Friday. Reiter has been a stalwart three-year starter at center for the Bucs. Despite his experience, he is an undrafted free agent candidate.
South Carolina G A.J. Cann
Cann, who is one of the top-rated guards, was a four-year starter with 51 games and is a powerful run blocker. Cann, who has met with the Bucs, spent the past three seasons blocking for Mike Davis, whom Tampa Bay is interested in drafting. Cann is likely a second- or third-round draft pick.
Florida State G Tre` Jackson*
Jackson is a three-year starter at Florida State who blocked for quarterback Jameis Winston, whom the Bucs will likely select with the first overall pick. Tampa Bay got a good look at Jackson at the Seminoles’ pro day and worked him out with Warhop on April 8. Jackson will be drafted in the second or third round.
Florida State G Josue Matias*
Like Jackson, Matias has plenty of starting experience at Florida State as the Seminoles’ left guard for the past few years. He’s further ahead as a pass protector than he is a run blocker at this point, and will be a fourth- or fifth-round pick as a result. Matias was one of four Seminoles linemen to privately work out for Warhop.
Florida State OL Bobby Hart*
Hart is an extremely young prospect at the age of 20 having completed his senior year at Florida State. While he’s the least talented of the Seminoles’ draft-eligible linemen, he does have an upside and can play right tackle or guard at the next level. Warhop worked him out on April 8 at Florida State. Hart, who played in the East-West Shrine Game, is likely a late-round draft pick or an undrafted free agent.
This PR Bucs Blog entry will be updated as more offensive linemen visits and/or workouts are reported.
BUCS PRE-DRAFT VISITS-WORKOUTS: WRs
The Buccaneers will likely be adding some skill position players in the 2015 NFL Draft and have spent the offseason focusing on slot wide receivers and return specialists. PewterReport.com has had Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett in a previous version of its 2015 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft before and has Duke’s Jamison Crowder in its current edition.
Every NFL club is allowed 30 visits to their team’s facility. NFL teams like the Bucs can work out as many draft prospects away from team facilities as they would like. Here is a list of wide receivers the team has scouted in either visits to One Buc Place or personal workouts at the players’ respective schools or hometowns.
Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett
PewterReport.com reports that the Bucs will have a meeting with the Bucs in April. Whether that meeting is a visit to One Buc Place or a private workout at Kansas State is unknown. The Bucs like Lockett’s 4.4 speed, his ability to separate from defenders with superior route running and his toughness as a return specialist (two punt return touchdowns and four kick return TDs). He could be a third-round pick by Tampa Bay.
Florida State WR Rashad Greene*
The Bucs privately worked out Greene at Florida State on April 8 along with tight end Nick O’Leary and quarterback Jameis Winston. Tampa Bay had seen him a week earlier at the Seminoles’ pro day in Tallahassee. The Bucs need a shifty, playmaking slot receiver and FSU’s all-time leading receiver could fit the bill in the third or fourth round.
Duke WR Jamison Crowder
First reported by Sports Talk Florida, Crowder worked out for the Bucs with Duke quarterback Anthony Boone and wide receiver Isaac Blakeney, who will likely be an undrafted free agents, on April 1. Tampa Bay quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian and wide receivers coach Andrew Hayes-Stoker were in attendance. Crowder, who helped lead Duke’s resurgence, is considered to be a fourth- or fifth-round pick and the Bucs like his ability to play slot receiver and be a return specialist (four punts returned for touchdowns).
Central Michigan WR Titus Davis*
According to Tony Pauline, the Bucs met with Davis and had dinner with him after his pro day workout at Central Michigan. With good size (6-1, 196) and 4.5 speed, Davis is capable of playing outside or in the slot at the next level. He broke a lot of Antonio Brown’s records at CMU and finished with 204 catches for 3,700 yards and 37 touchdowns. Davis is considered to be a fourth- or fifth-rounder.
Georgia WR Chris Conley
Fox 13 Tampa Bay first reported that Conley and Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason had worked out for the Bucs in mid-March. Tampa Bay is interested in Conley, who starred at the NFL Scouting Combine with a 4.35 time in the 40-yard dash and a 45-inch vertical jump, as a possible Day 3 wide receiver that could play outside and in the slot.
East Carolina WR Cam Worthy*
The Buccaneers met with Worthy, according to Brent Sobleski, but are also interested in James Hardy, Worthy’s ECU teammate. Worthy will likely go undrafted due to a foot fracture he suffered preparing for the Medal of Honor Bowl and getting suspended for two games. But he is a big (6-2, 211), physical playmaker that lit up Virginia Tech for 224 yards last year.
South Florida WR Andre Davis
As first reported by the Tampa Bay Times’ Greg Auman, Davis, who went to nearby Jefferson High School, is a decent-sized target at 6-foot-1, 205 pounds and carries a late-round draft grade. The Bucs are bringing him in as a local prospect and may consider signing him as a free agent if he goes undrafted.
Air Force WR Connor Dietz
As Auman reported for the Tampa Bay Times, Dietz, who has been stationed at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa for the past two years, played quarterback for the Falcons in their option-based offense, but will try out as a slot receiver as a possible rookie mini-camp invite. He may also be asked to pass the ball.
Florida State WR Christian Jones
Jones, a Tampa native who went to Tampa Catholic, is being brought in as part of the Bucs’ local workout this Friday. The Bucs first saw Jones at Florida State’s pro day in Tallahassee last week and are looking at him as a possible rookie mini-camp invite or an undrafted free agent.
This PR Bucs Blog entry will be updated as more wide receivers visits and/or workouts are reported.
BUCS’ PRE-DRAFT VISITS-WORKOUTS: RBs
The Buccaneers will likely be adding some skill position players in the 2015 NFL Draft and have spent the offseason scouting some running backs. PewterReport.com has Tampa Bay drafting Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford in its current edition of its 2015 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft. It’s unknown if Langford has visited One Buc Place or has worked out privately for Tampa Bay, but the Bucs like him in addition to Minnesota’s David Cobb.
Every NFL club is allowed 30 visits to their team’s facility. NFL teams like the Bucs can work out as many draft prospects away from team facilities as they would like. Here is a list of running backs the team has scouted in either visits to One Buc Place or personal workouts at the players’ respective schools or hometowns.
South Carolina RB Mike Davis
Matt Miller first reported that Davis would have a private workout with South Carolina’s leading rusher over the past two seasons. Davis ran a 4.38 at his pro day with Bucs scouts in attendance. He rushed for less than 1,000 yards last year due to a hamstring issue, and there are concerns about his conditioning. The Bucs could make him a third- or fourth-round pick.
Florida RB Matt Jones
Jones, a big, bruising running back at Florida that is from the Tampa Bay area, so his workout at One Buc Place on Friday won’t count against the Bucs’ 30 visits. The Bucs want to get a powerful running back to complement Charles Sims. Tampa Bay could consider him with a late-round pick.
This PR Bucs Blog entry will be updated as more running back visits and/or workouts are reported.
BUCS’ PRE-DRAFT VISITS-WORKOUTS: QUARTERBACKS
The Buccaneers are locked in on selecting a quarterback with the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and have had both of the top-rated QBs – Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota – in for visits. Tampa Bay will almost certainly draft Winston, the player that sits atop PewterReport.com’s 2015 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft.
Every NFL club is allowed 30 visits to their team’s facility. NFL teams like the Bucs can work out as many draft prospects away from team facilities as they would like. Here is a list of quarterbacks the team has scouted in either visits to One Buc Place or personal workouts at the players’ respective schools or hometowns.
QB Jameis Winston
Winston made a visit to One Buccaneer Place prior to his pro day at Florida State on March 31 that was heavily attended by Bucs coaches, including head coach Lovie Smith, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian, and front office honchos, including general manager Jason Licht, director of player personnel Jon Robinson, director of college scouting Mike Biehl and scout Byron Kiefer. Winston, who is widely regarded as the team’s number one target for the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, also has a pre-draft workout with Tampa Bay scheduled for later this month.
QB Marcus Mariota
In March, Mariota’s pro day workout at Oregon was attended by Licht, Robinson and Bajakian, but Smith was noticeably absent. However, Mariota visited One Buccaneer Place where he met with Smith and the Glazers, just like Winston did. And like Winston, the Bucs will do their due diligence and privately work out Mariota, too, even though he likely won’t be selected with their first overall pick. That workout will take place at Oregon on Tuesday, April 7, according to NFL.com’s Albert Breer.
QB Anthony Boone
First reported by Sports Talk Florida, Boone, who will likely be an undrafted free agent, was throwing to Duke wide receivers Jamison Crowder, whom the Bucs are targeting in the middle rounds for his ability as a slot receiver and return specialist, along with wide receiver Isaac Blakeney on April 1. Tampa Bay quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian and wide receivers coach Andrew Hayes-Stoker were in attendance. Boone, who helped lead Duke’s resurgence, is being evaluated as an undrafted free agent possibility.
QB Hutson Mason
Fox 13 Tampa Bay first reported that Mason and Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley had worked out for the Bucs in mid-March. Tampa Bay is interested in Conley, who starred at the NFL Scouting Combine with a 4.35 time in the 40-yard dash and a 45-inch vertical jump, as a Day 3 wide receiver. Mason is being scouted as a possible undrafted free agent that could help throw during Tampa Bay’s rookie mini-camp and possibly training camp.
This PR Bucs Blog entry will be updated as more quarterback visits and/or workouts are reported.
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is the odds-on favorite to be selected first overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2015 NFL Draft. However, Winston likely won’t be in Chicago to shake NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s hand and hold up a Bucs jersey as he wants to be at home in Bessemer, Ala. with his family.
Winston has caught some flak from some in the media about his decision not to attend. At Florida State’s pro day on Tuesday, Winston explained his decision to want to stay at home on April 30.
“To be with my family,” Winston said. “We really haven’t made that decision yet because there has been a lot of pressure, but my grandmother can’t travel. She has Type-2 diabetes and has had multiple surgeries. I want her to be there. She’s been a critical part of my life – both of my grandmothers. My mom’s mom raised me. She passed away when I was 14. She’s my motivation.
“My dad’s mom is fighting diabetes and she’s my motivation. I bought her a lift chair to make her smile. I want the people that have been there from Day 1 to be there to enjoy my moment. It’s a celebration to me and a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will look forward to spending with my family.”