Despite Bucs head coach Lovie Smith saying that Tampa Bay could draft a position other than quarterback with the first overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft over the weekend, the odds of the team passing on both Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston are extremely slim.
On Tuesday Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer spoke to the media while at the annual owners meeting, and had positive things to say about each quarterback, including that the team is comfortable with both players at this point, according to NFL.com and Tampa Bay Times beat writer Rick Stroud.
“With anybody we’re looking to draft, we do an extensive amount of work on their background, history and all that,” Joel Glazer said. “After everything we’ve done and where we’re at right now, we’re comfortable where Jameis is at, we’re comfortable with Marcus.”
Glazer said he and his family understand the significance of the pick, and feel that Smith and general manager Jason Licht will be have done everything possible to make the right choice when they hand in card – no matter who’s name is on it – in Chicago on draft night.
“Absolutely, this is critical, one of the most important decisions we may make in a long time,’’ Joel Glazer said. “But fundamentally, we believe in letting Lovie and Jason do all their ground work, and their staffs, come to their conclusions, discuss it with us, talk about their reasoning and as long as it makes sense, we’re supportive. It’s that way with every decision and this will be no different. But at the end of the day, whatever decision we make, I see us all being on the same page, agreeing and moving forward.
“No question, having the first pick in the draft is a huge decision for the organization and a huge opportunity for the Buccaneers…But again, this is chance to add to the roster and that first pick, and doing everything we can to get that choice right, is going to be critical.’’
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 email@example.com
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