The great debate on what the Buccaneers will do with the overall No. 1 pick is becoming more and more clear, as Tampa Bay head coach Lovie Smith told the media on Wednesday morning at a breakfast at the NFL owners meeting, that team is leaning one way.
“Odds are, we’re going to go a certain direction. But we don’t have to make this decision and you wait until you have to,” Smith said to Rick Stroud from the Tampa Bay Times. “We would feel very comfortable, though, picking one of the (QBs).”
Smith said he has no problems with Winston.
“Everything checks out on him, too … the guy can complete every throw,” Smith said. “A lot has been said about his football intelligence. He’s just a leader.”
While most feel Tampa Bay will take Winston, former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is still in the equation as well. On Wednesday morning Smith dispelled the notion that Mariota is too timid.
“People say he’s quiet. He hasn’t been quiet around us. Bright, confident,” Smith said. “Of course we know about his athletic ability. We’ve done a lot of research on him and he’s going to be a good player in the league.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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