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Lovie Smith: Buccaneers leaning toward Jameis Winston

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are leaning toward selecting Jameis Winston. That's what Lovie Smith said today, approximately, when asked whether assuming was the leader on the board was erroneous. Via the Tampa Bay Times.

"No, I wouldn't say it's an erroneous assumption,'' Smith said. "I would say when people make that assumption, we haven't had the pro workout (for Winston) yet. But we've done a lot of research, have watched a lot of video and had both of them in and talked with them individually and had them on the board. But the process, the game isn't over yet. I think you can have a leader, but you have to let the game play out and we're doing that."

Smith was clear that he was comfortable with Winston's character, as the Glazers were yesterday. While Smith was complimentary of Marcus Mariota, this feels more and more like a done deal. It's not over till it's over, but everything continues to point to Jameis Winston.