From the NFL Combine, to college pro days, to private workouts and interviews, come April 30th, the Buccaneers will have spent an equal amount of time with both Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston. But according to one NFL Insider, the evaluation process is over and a decision has already been made.

Rose Bowl - Oregon v Florida StateJason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported on Friday, “The Bucs brass is increasingly sold on Jameis Winston with the first overall pick.”

While many have speculated the move, there is always the possibility of a smokescreen, however La Canfora is confident that’s not the case. And he’s not the only one.

It seems the closer we get to April, the more experts forecast Winston to be the No. 1 overall selection. Charles Davis recently put the Florida State star at the top of his mock draft after previously being the last person on NFL Network to predict Mariota. Last week, his colleague Daniel Jeremiah said during his “Move the Sticks” podcast, “I don’t think they (Tampa Bay) have a choice. I think they have to take Jameis Winston with the first overall pick.”

Although rare, there have been times when the team with the No. 1 pick has announced their intent prior to the draft – but don’t expect that in 2015. Even if the Buccaneers are indeed sold on Winston and have already moved on to the second round, they’ll likely stick to their secretive approach. Expect the franchise’s most important decision to remain internal until Roger Goodell says, “The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the clock.”

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About the Author: Zach Shapiro

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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sunshineben
sunshineben
6 years ago

As a season tkt holder ,this fan hopes the bucs stay clear of Winston .He will get into more trouble with cash in his pocket and ladies around.. pick M.M. and have a great qb and a good man as the face of our team.

georgehicks
georgehicks
6 years ago

Untill the pick is in, Anything could happen. Iam sick of Jameis Winston staying at home. He should bring his family to ny and celebrate along with the bucs!. Lovie Smith and Bucs Organization must let Winston Know that if you don’t go to Chicago for Draft Tampa may not select Him. Winston says he wants to be on Tampa person to look too. I think he should go to the draft. To show tampa that he wants the best for the organization. If he doesn’t go than Tampa picks the other QB or Trade down. GO BUCS

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  georgehicks
6 years ago

I have no problem with WInston staying at home. What’s the big deal? SO he can walk out on stage and people can yell rapist at him when he gets picked. As for the family, the NFL doesn’t pay for this stuff, and Winstons doesn’t come from money. I see nothing wrong with wanting to stay home. Joe Thomas did it a couple years ago and no one had a problem with it.The draft is a dog and pony show, so what you shake the commissioners hand and walk on stage for about 30 seconds. It’s more for ESPN so… Read more »

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  cgmaster27
6 years ago

Personally I don’t think Winston cares what people yell at him. He handled it well at the Rose Bowl. However, I think the Glazers will care if fans of opponents are yelling that in RJS. We always have a large contingency of opposing fans in RJS. I’ll care too once my girls are old enough to understand what they’re yeling means.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  pinkstob
6 years ago

He did handle it well, but why even deal with it when he doesn’t have to? And I highly doubt that the glaziers care what people are yelling at football games. They care about the people with bags on their head because they suck. Drunk people at football games yell ridiculous stuff all game every game, it doesn’t matter the players. The stuff i heard being yelled at Mcclown when I went to the game last year would make most people blush.

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  cgmaster27
6 years ago

If the Glazers didn’t care in the past it was only because they couldn’t hear it. When the opposing fans are yelling it in unison, they’ll hear it. Just like when fans are yelling “Bullspit” in unison you can hear it from a mile away. You could hear it clear as day at the Rose Bowl. I believe what they’ll be yelling in unison in the NFL will be worse than “No means no”. SR said we’d get more nationally televised games in 2015 with Winston. Well, if you’re the Glazers do you want the fans at home to see… Read more »

pinkstob
pinkstob
6 years ago

I see two good reasons to send out smokescreen if you’re holding the #1 overall pick. First, there is absolutely no consequence for trying to drive the trade value up for a particular player you don’t want if you think you can trade down and still get the player you want. If the team with the spot you want to trade down to doesn’t make you an offer no harm no foul, but you never know. The second reason is you get to find out who within your organization you can trust with vital information. Right now it doesn’t matter… Read more »

KINDERRT
KINDERRT
6 years ago

If I was in the Bucs shoes I would have a signed contact in hand. Stating that he will not play baseball while he is the QB of the Buc’s for the first five years. No sign, no pick! If it leaks out it leaks out, it would only hurt his draft stock and protect the Buc’s.

scubog
scubog
6 years ago

The only chants I’m tired of hearing at our “home stadium” are “Go Pack go!, Who Dat?, Let’s go Falcons, Here we go Steelers, Let’s go Giants, the Ravens Ohhhhhhh, Who Dey?, Lets go Bears, and countess others who invade our “home” in droves. Why? Because we don’t have a QB that can match theirs and they think victory is all but assured. Soon any of Winston’s increasingly ancient history will fade. It’s time some of you get over it or you’ll be that lone voice condemning a man for nothing. Who cares if any player chooses to remain home… Read more »

macabee
macabee
6 years ago

I’m not about to waste any time trying to understand what Lovie Smith says or does. I didn’t understand Lovie in Chicago and I don’t understand him now. And apparently, I’m not alone because it’s a rare occasion that a team fires a coach with a 10-6 winning record. Here’s what I do know and that while Lovie may be a case study in the psychology of an NFL coach, he is not crazy, nor is he without the knowledge of the tenure for NFL coaches who have 2-14 seasons having spent a year in his basement in 2013. Lovie… Read more »

plopes808
plopes808
6 years ago