How did the Bucs determine that Jameis Winston would be their first round draft pick last April and the overall No. 1 NFL selection? Next week Buccaneers.com senior writer Scott Smith will debut a look at the process, with unprecedented behind the scenes footage of the process.
The Bucs get an "A" for drafting QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Buccaneers.com described the upcoming multi-media feature – “From the end of the regular season until the start of the NFL draft, all eyes were on the Buccaneers as the team prepared to select a player with the No. 1 overall pick, which was eventually used on quarterback Jameis Winston. The process for selecting Winston was exhaustive, to say the least. Throughout it all, Buccaneers.com was there documenting it, step-by-step, from beginning to end. 

Senior Writer Scott Smith was granted unprecedented access to the Bucs’ front office, including General Manger Jason Licht, during the draft process. Next week, fans will be able to read about everything that went into selecting Winston in Smith’s feature, “Four Months on the Clock: The Anatomy of a Franchise-Changing Decision.”

The feature will be released next week, but you can get a sneak peak at one of the videos that will be included by clicking here.

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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Uncle Stan
Uncle Stan
5 years ago

Winston will get killed with the weight of all this hero worship before he ever throws an NFL pass.

Since 1976, I don’t remember and amount of hereo worship put on anytplau=yer that was even 10% of what PR has been pouring on this player.

I hope your your sake (and of course the fans) he lives up to is.

This is no assurance either way at this point.

Uncle Stan
Uncle Stan
5 years ago

Re-done Had to fix typos

Winston will get killed with the weight of all this hero worship before he ever throws an NFL pass.

Since 1976, I don’t remember any amount of hero worship put on any player that was even 10% of what PR has been pouring on this player.

I hope for your sake (and of course the fans) he lives up to it.

There is no assurance either way at this point.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  Uncle Stan
5 years ago

There is no assurance from any pick. But as a noles fan I can tell you he has had more pressure on him, some by his own actions, than any player I have ever seen, and he excelled in those situations. So I don’t think it will be too big a moment for him.

Bschucher
Bschucher
5 years ago

I for one cannot wait to see how it plays out?

nitey
nitey
5 years ago

Stan, I understand your trepidation, but from everything I’ve read Jameis has been under the microscope all his life. He may still play like a rookie, but I honestly don’t feel that he’s going to fail under that weight. I wanted the team to draft Marcus, mostly from the off the field standpoint, but the more I learn of Jameis, the more convinced I am that he’s big enough for the franchise quarterback position. I think he’ll do just fine. I really do.