"Personally I think it's probably the biggest draft in the history of the organization," Licht said today. "We've got a real chance to put us over the top."
But the general manager kept all his options open, noting that the Bucs did have a favorite at this point but would use "the majority of [their] allotted time" before committing to a pick. With ten days to go until the draft, that's not a lot of time. Licht not only referenced the quarterbacks, but noted that they may go another way and even referenced a trade option.
"There's always something that can pop up, talking about someone offering something you can't refuse."
However, the focus on quarterbacks was obvious if not explicit. Licht repeatedly talked about the amount of work the Bucs did into players, which has mostly focused on Jameis Winston's background, according to various reports. Licht confirmed that the Bucs weren't surprised by the suit filed against Winston, nor the content of that suit.
Licht did say that he thought most draft busts happen because of mental problems. "If they make mistakes it's not from talent, it's above the shoulders. So you want to make sure you're getting the right person."
At the same time, it didn't sound like they view Winston's off-field problems as a major problem, and Licht made it clear that they could make the pick today if they wanted to.
"We're very confident in the amount of work that we've done internally, we've had work done externally, on and on and on so there have been no surprises."
However, there's no real downside to waiting the remaining ten days. As Licht said, signing a player now won't let the Bucs do anything new with him: he's not allowed to come in, he can't work out for them, he can't join the offseason program until after the draft regardless. And the CBA makes signing players a fairly trivial matter.
So that's where we stand. Jason Licht is non-committal in his talks, but the implicit message was pretty clear. They'll wait, but if nothing changes, Jameis Winston will be the Buccaneers' new quarterback.