The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will probably use the first overall pick instead of trading down, general manager Jason Licht said at the NFL Scouting Combine.
"We have a favorite, but we want the process to play out," Licht said, per Dan Kadar. That favorite will have to have mental toughness, football intelligence an decision-making, which are the top three traits he's looking for, according to Scott Smith.
Bucs GM Jason Licht: Said they still have to dive deep on both quarterbacks. Every player has things they want to talk to them about.— Kevin ODonnell Fox13 (@ODonnellFox13) February 18, 2015
Combined with Lovie Smith's remarks earlier today and the general consensus that Jameis Winston is the better quarterback, it certainly sounds like the Bucs are leaning toward using the first overall pick on the Florida State quarterback.
Still, Licht also played up Mike Glennon, calling him "part of the future" and noting that they "like Mike Glennon a lot," according to Dan Kadar.
Licht on OC Dirk Koetter having a relationship with Oregon HC Mark Helfrich: "It’s helpful, but not the reason we hired Dirk Koetter."— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) February 18, 2015
Licht also reiterated that Logan Mankins would be with the Bucs this year, per Roy Cummings, using the same "part of the solution, not the problem" phrasing he's used before.
One other interesting comment: Licht downplayed the importance of the scouting combine, noting that a lot of mistakes have been made with players who come out of nowhere, according to Rick Stroud. The game tape is still the priority.
Still, that's no guarantee. "Every player is a projection in the draft. There is no sure thing," Licht said, per Scott Smith.