The SB Nation blogger mock draft is under way, and for the first time I had the honor of making the very first pick in the draft. Each year we ask every SB Nation NFL blog to run a mock draft. This year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold the top pick -- so I got to go first. Yay!
Predictably, I selected Jameis Winston. Here's what Dan Kadar had to say about that pick.
This is the expected pick, because it's a good one. On the field, there are few questions with Winston's football intelligence. He reads defenses well, and unlike most college quarterbacks, he goes through his progressions properly. He'll really benefit from going to a team like the Buccaneers, where they have a good and established wide receiving corps. Winston excelled in 2013 with Kelvin Benjamin at FSU, and eventually won a Heisman Trophy. Mike Evans of the Bucs is a better version of Benjamin. They could be an incredible duo for years to come.
Winston is more pro-ready than Marcus Mariota, widely seen as the better quarterback overall, and his character concerns have been downplayed recently. That doesn't mean Winston is perfect, either on the field or off the field, but no prospect is. There's a reason why top draft picks fail around half the time, and it's that transitioning to the NFL is really difficult. This shouldn't deter anyone from picking an imperfect prospect, though, and it won't stop the Bucs either. Lovie Smith's smokescreens aside, Tampa Bay will have a new quarterback after the draft. And as far as I can see, that quarterback is going to be Jameis Winston.
Head on over to Mocking the Draft to see my full explanation for the selection.