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Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: zshapiro12@gmail.com

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  1. 1

    macabee

    Interesting that Jaws is one of the few analyst and former NFL QBs to have this opinion. I’m going to pass on my opinion of Jaws’ analysis and his ability to judge talent and leave Jon Gruden to give his opinion of Jaworski! lol.

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      georgehicks

      Well Buc fans I think that if Tampa could trade down a few picks and still get winston. What teams would pass on Winston! Tenn-yes;Jax-yes;Oak-yes and wash -Yes NYJ not so sure! If Tampa could trade down with Oak, Was those teams would get qb glenn. and Tampa gets Winston and could get a couple of draft choices like maybe draft choice in Rd-3 and maybe Rd-4. Tampa would get mult draft picks plus winston-Go Bucs

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    BucWild02

    macabee-Jon Gruden has gone on record multiple times in favor of Mariota over Winston. Safer pick. Who knows though?

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    KINDERRT

    I have respect for Jaws when it comes to the X’s and O’s of the game but I don’t know how well he is at judging talent. It’s strange that he says that he has a big upside but don’t mention his flaws. I’m sure he has some flaws like every other QB but to say he would not take him at #1 sounds a little drastic.
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    SOXX

    Well I guess we will take Mariota with the 1st pick. Sounds great to me we can start winning by 20 every game. Don’t be blinded just because Winston played in Florida. Great QBs come from other states too.

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    scubog

    I always liked Ron Jaworski. Mostly because we are both named Ron and actually look a lot alike. Without him divulging it, I suspect Jaws noted the Byron Leftwich elongated throwing motion that Winston displayed on occasion that has been attributed to his playing baseball. I didn’t see that at the Combine and Winston admitted the effect baseball had. Now that he has had his first off=season off the mound, let’s see if that throwing motion gets shorter.

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    billbyrne

    I think Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski are right on target. Both Winston and Mariota are very talented quarterbacks. The real question to answer is: “Which of the two do you want to be the face of your franchise?”

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    surferdudes

    What bothers me is, who would you spend the pick on Ron? It’s gotten to the point where no one is worthy of the first pick. Of course he has flaws, he just turned 21, Mariota has flaws, Williams has flaws, Jaws has Flaws!!! All you need to know about Winston is he’s a winner, period.

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    1. 7.1

      pinkstob

      Saying Winston is a winner makes no sense. He’s only proven he can win in college. He’s never won anything in the NFL. Plenty of people have been winners in college but have lost plenty in the NFL. Cam Newton never lost a game at Auburn but didn’t start winning consistently until recently, mainly due to the maturation process.

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      1. 7.1.1

        cgmaster27

        so being a winner means, you’re not a winner? I’m not sure your logic there pink. He’s only played college so that’s all we can judge him on.

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        1. 7.1.1.1

          cgmaster27

          Sorry pink, I’ve just realized I responded to pretty much all of your posts. Not picking on you buddy.

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          1. 7.1.1.1.1

            pinkstob

            That’s fine, no offense taken.

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        2. 7.1.1.2

          pinkstob

          Yes, being a winner means you’re not a winner, in the specific circumstance of discussing the transition from college to the NFL. If playing in college is all we have to judge him on then we should only judge him on the things that have been proven to translate from the college to the NFL. Winning is not one of those things.

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    Bucs Capacitor

    Didn’t Jaws also say that Kaepernick could become the greatest QB of all time?

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      pinkstob

      He still could. He’s only had one bad season. Other than that he’s been to two NFC championships and one Super Bowl.

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      1. 8.1.1

        cgmaster27

        PInk, Kap is terrible. You can’t even deny that. Without that defense, they never would’ve even been to the playoffs. Kaps numbers from the pocket get worse every year. Believe me I know I’ve had him in fantasy many times. He’s regressing with every season now that teams have figured out the gimmick read option.

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          cgmaster27

          His QBR has actually gone down every season from 72 to 68 to 55. That’s what happens when running QB’s try to throw from the pocket. Which is why Mariota scares so many people. He could be the exception though, I will say as I’m not psychic.

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            pinkstob

            Time will tell with Kaepernick. I’m not going to defend him too much, I’m just not ready to write him off yet. You’re right about his passer rating, but for a QB that uses their legs you can’t just look at the passer rating. He made our D-line look plain silly when we played them in 2013 (sillier than normal). If you’re going to make Kaepernick stay in the pocket and throw like they did last season you’ve got to get him some WR’s. They’re all overrated on the 49ers and I’m surprised he’s had any success throwing to the Crabtree and old man Boldin in years past. There’s no excuse for V. Davis not being productive though as he is a talented receiving option so I will put that on Kaep. Again, if the team gets better WR’s I want to see what he can do in 2015 and beyond.

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    2. 8.2

      Bucko40

      Kap has already been to one Super Bowl. Last year was his 1st off season. Much of that can be attributed to the whole Harbaugh saga.

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  9. 9

    billbyrne

    Superdudes: “…Winston is a winner.” So is Mariota!!! Who won the “head to head” contest for the National Championship this year?

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    1. 9.1

      cgmaster27

      How many national championships did Mariota win? Hell in the three years he was with the team they only one the pac 12 once!So no Mariota is not a winner in the same sense.

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        pinkstob

        Historically, winning the national championship in college is a death knell when comes to future NFL success for QB’s. So is winning the Heisman but I guess that’s a wash with both of these guys.

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    surferdudes

    Yes Mariota is a winner too, he has flaws. If you compare players based on head to head competition you have no clue what you’re talking about bill. That’s not how you rate talent being ther’s 20 other players on the field effecting the outcome. If the kid doesn’t make that pick at the end of the superbowl, I guess Wilson would be a better quarterback then Brady? See what I mean? If you question Winstons talent, I can’t help you. Not saying M.M. isn’t talented, don’t get me wrong, just believe Jameis is just what the Bucs need. A cocky, uplifting guy. You might not like that about him, but I’m guessing you’re not a young black man, like 75 percent of the league. They respond to that kind of leader, not the quiet shy type.

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    1. 10.1

      pinkstob

      Surferdudes, I am black and I can tell you don’t have any idea what you’re talking about on this one. I could talk for weeks on this but given this is Bucs football website I’ll keep it aligned to football related examples. E. Manning and J. Flacco are not cocky, uplifting guys and they have 3 rings between them. R. Wilson, P. Manning, A. Luck and T. Brady are not cocky guys and their teams consistently respond to their leadership. Young black men don’t respond to cocky leadership, they respond to leaders that can get the job done but at the same time don’t carry themselves as being better than young black men. That’s why color doesn’t matter at the QB position. You don’t have to be able to relate to young black men (as I read recently E.J. Manuel was trying to do) you just can’t think you’re better than them. When Brees gets in the huddle he kneels down and looks up to the huddle, which says “I’m not above you guys, I’m here to serve you”. Like I posted several times, that’s why I saw the downfall of RGIII coming as early as the combine. He came off as a guy whose confidence was based in the fact that upper management and the media will love me, so it doesn’t matter what the players think, I’m the QB so you have to follow me. Winston does a good job of trying to engage his fellow players, but the way that he does it will not translate to the NFL locker room and sidelines, not with success anyway. That’s why it didn’t work for Cam Newton, it’s the maturity factor. An example is Winston saying he’s going to win the Super Bowl without knowing who is teammates are. That’s because to him it doesn’t matter who is teammates are, he’s the reason they will win. The existing Buc players have experience and know that the other players matter on offense, defense and special teams. The black guys on the team will actually tune him out quicker than anyone else because pride is a big factor. If you’re cocky and consistently throwing into coverage and creating INT’s because you’re entitled and think you can get away with anything and win it at the end they will tune him out quicker than anyone because he’s getting more attention than them and likely more money since he’s the face of the franchise. To summarize, you’re wrong on this. Again, the young black men will respond to the QB producing on the field and giving the impression that the QB doesn’t think he’s better than them.

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        cgmaster27

        OK pink, first off, you can’t even compare flacco and Eli, because they were taken there by there defenses. That’s a fact. While Flucko had one good playoff run, he’s also had three of the worst QB rated games since they started the stat. And Eli throws about 20 picks a year.
        And we get it, you think he’s cocky, while the rest of us think he’s confident. If you don’t think players respond to that then you muct not watch much football. The same team HJamesi guided to a national championship, while stomping every team they played, lost two games the year before. All with the exact same team. And listen to WInston EX teammates. Not a single one has ever said Jameis puts himself above everyone else, so I have no idea where you make that stuff up at.

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          pinkstob

          Every team that wins the Super Bowl has a good defense, that’s part of why they won. The defenses the Giants had when they won the Super Bowl had good pass rushes but were never ranked high during the season. They just played well when it counted in the playoffs. As far as Winston, everything I said above was related to the NFL, not college. I said, “… but the way that he does it will not translate to the NFL locker room and sidelines, not with success anyway” and I’ve explained why. Those were kids in his college locker room. There will be men in his NFL locker room and they respond to different types of leaders than in college.

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            cgmaster27

            True, only time will tel how the veterans react to either of these two. As for defenses you do have a good point there as well. They do win championships. I just think personally that flacco and Eli are terrible. Just my opinion on those two.

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        BucWild02

        Pinkstob – Wow. That was well stated. Your comments are so pragmatic and grounded in reality. You’ve just blown my mind!

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      3. 10.1.3

        matador

        Thoughtful post, thanks for,that. The one thing we do know is that Jaws knows more about QBs than the Glazers, Lovie, Licht, Dungy and Dom. Or any of us. How many red flags do we need to see before we wake from our dreams and trade with the Egles? I don’t want to suffer three more years of futility (1 more under Licht, 2 under Lovie and the first year of the next regime) if we blow this pick by fixating on yet another hoped for savior without fortifying the rest of the roster. Viewed overall, and on production not potential, our draft and FA haul was a bust. Very concerning for a coach with Lovie’s experience to make so many mistakes right out of the gate.

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    2. 10.2

      Bucko40

      Mariota might be perceived a quiet and shy off the field but on the field he is anything but that.

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    PA54BucFan

    I respect Jaws immensely. He said Manziel was nothing more than a 5th round running QB last year and he was right. I am nervous to select Winston. I think if the Eagles offer us 6-8 picks and Foles, it would be something to consider. Look what Dallas did with the Herschel Walker trade… 2 super bowls from it.

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    1. 11.1

      rorogator

      sorry @PA54BucFan…I did not read your post before I made mine, but I have given you Foles (+two players) and 7 draft picks…we can all be happy

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    SoCalBucsFan66

    Hoping for Mariota at #1. Safer choice… Plus, as a little extra incentive, Glazers can enjoy loads of Bucs gear being sold in HI.

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    rorogator

    I think Winston would b e disaster of a pick (and not just because I have “gator” in my name)
    I would like to see the BUCS trade the number 1 overall to the Eagles for…
    QB- Nick Foles (he is more of a pocket passer and would do better outside of Chip Kelly’s offense)
    S- Malcolm Jenkins (an upgrade from Dashon Goldson)
    LB- Najee Goode
    and #1, #2, #4, #6 (2015) #1, #3, #5 (2016)

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    scubog

    And on and on it goes. How nice it is to read posts with obvious preferences but with respect for differing opinions. It’s clear that while most of us have a favorite; on May 1st we’ll all wake up cheering for “the chosen one.” For the next season or two we’ll keep comparing, but eventually both will succeed and we’ll move on. It’s like seeking a date for the Prom and there are two girls that spark your interest. Both pretty, one kinda shy, they other more outgoing, one slim and the other a little more up top. The deciding factor just might be which one gives you the best chance for a good night kiss.

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      cgmaster27

      Scu and everyone needs to look at the newest video on Buccaneers .com. It’s licht talking about Jameis’ visit. While he states nobody was told they are going to be the pick and they have to go through the process, stating winston is exactly who they thought he was is a pretty big endorsement to me. Just the way he said it.

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    surferdudes

    Pink, you’re black,and don’t feel that way, niether does Charles Davis, or Tony Dungy. But come on admit it. Winstons style makes him a more attractive leader to young black men, then Mariota. You, Davis, Dungy, are all older, family men. Even the older players will respect Winstons ability to command a huddle. Mariota himself admits he’s shakey with that. Pressure is on, the road crowd is roaring. Last thing you want in the huddle is ROOK, WTF did you just say? Spit it out louder, I can’t hear you!!

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    1. 15.1

      pinkstob

      We’ll just have to agree to disagree on this one. Also, I am a family man but I’m 34. Maybe that does make me “older” (I’m sure everyone defines that differently) but certainly not up there with Davis and Dungy. My point is not only do I still have friends who are I their early 20’s (as well as 40’s and 50’s) I’m not too far removed where I can’t remember what kind of leadership they respond to at that age, especially in athletics.

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    cremdonado

    Im not sure but I believe it is next to impossible for the Eagles to move to the one spot~having to do with the numbers assigned to pick value(i’ll see if I can dig up the info).We dont want Foles~his collarbone has been broken over and over again and defenses honed in on it and exploited it.
    I dont see any desire for Oakland to move out of where they are picking since they are likely going WR and will be the first in the draft to do so.Even if JAX decides to go WR~OAK still gets an elite WR.If they sign Suh,williams seems even less likely to get attention from OAK. The Jets might move up or possibly Cleveland,but they want QBs too.
    If we want MM or JW we are going to have to take one of them with the first pick…

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