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2015 NFL mock draft: Jameis Winston leads final draft day edition -
One last revised version of the mock heading into the NFL Draft, which begins on Thursday night.

How much is an NFL running back really worth? -
Evin Demirel digs into the data to understand why the NFL doesn't value marquee running backs like it used to and the two rookies who could break that trend.

Preston Smith could make the right team very happy in the NFL Draft -
Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White believes Mississippi State defensive end Preston Smith could have a long career at the next level if he lands with a team that knows how to use him properly.

2015 NFL mock draft: Jameis Winston leads final draft day edition -
One last revised version of the mock heading into the NFL Draft, which begins on Thursday night. 2015 NFL Draft Preview's featured NFL Draft articles, photos, and videos.

2015 Buccaneers Babies Program
Florida Hospital is drafting rookies aka newborns into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Babies program and hosting a birthday party for "Bucs Babies" who are turning one in May.’s 2015 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft – FINAL | Pewter Report
Here is’s latest round-by-round draft projection for the Bucs that focuses mostly on improving Tampa Bay’s offense.

Lavonte David of Tampa Bay Buccaneers says veterans would help control Jameis Winston
If Jameis Winston joins the Bucs, Lavonte David believes players will do whatever it takes to ensure the polarizing quarterback fits in -- even if that means telling him to tone it down a bit.

Risks aside, Bucs expected to take Winston with the top pick tonight | and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — The Buccaneers are lost at sea, yet again. Since they fired coach Jon Gruden in 2008, the Bucs have been mired in the second-longest playoff drought in franchise history.

Picking Winston is about trust, and it’s lacking | and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — The Bucs will take Jameis Winston tonight. They’ll make him the top pick in the NFL draft. They’ll stake their future on his.

Ira Kaufman’s NFL mock draft | and The Tampa Tribune
Tampa Tribune NFL writer Ira Kaufman predicts the first round of the NFL draft:

Jones: Despite risks, Bucs must draft Jameis Winston | Tampa Bay Times
Jameis Winston stands a rock-solid 6 feet, 4 inches tall and was blessed with a right arm that can throw a football like a missile. Playing quarterback for one of the best football programs in the country, the Florida State star put together a college career that ranks among the greatest of all time.

Bucs poised to take Winston No. 1 in NFL draft | Tampa Bay Times
Last Sunday, Lovie Smith stood only a few feet away from Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston during the Derrick Brooks Charities golf pairing party and blackjack tournament at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Just outside the ballroom, the slot machines spun wildly and card players pushed their chips to the middle of the table.

NFL draft rumors, including Marcus Mariota, Titans-Eagles trade, more | The MMQB with Peter King
CHICAGO — The drama in the NFL’s 80th draft, which starts tonight outside New York City for the first time since 1963, commences with the second pick, belonging as the day dawns to Tennessee. And Wednesday night, evidence mounted that the Tennessee pick was in play.

Jameis Winston: The personal insiders' view of his past, present, future
Who is the real Jameis Winston? No player in this year's NFL draft has been picked apart like the Florida State quarterback. People from Winston's past and present speak about the player and person they know.

2015 NFL mock draft: Saints, Dolphins, Eagles, Jaguars making trades -
The Saints trade up to No. 3 to take ...

Mychal Kendricks Trade Rumors: Eagles shopping linebacker for second round draft pick - Bleeding Green Nation
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Draftable: The Complete, Three-Part Series
Watch all three parts of's video series, Draftable.

Marcus Mariota Is Projected To Be Better Than Jameis Winston | FiveThirtyEight
Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight uses statistical analysis — hard numbers — to tell compelling stories about politics, sports, science, economics and lifestyle.

2015 NFL Draft: 5 Bold Predictions - Dante Fowler follows QBs off board -
There are always twists and turns in the first round of the NFL Draft and this year won't be any different. Before the craziness, here are five bold predictions for the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday.

Concern exists on Gregory handling pro football's mental rigors -
At least three GMs view Nebraska's Randy Gregory as a top-five talent, but there is concern about the defender's ability to handle the mental rigors of professional football.

The Class of ’90: Where Are They Now? -
Profiles of each player drafted in the first round in 1990, and videos of some ​of them discussing challenges they faced once their N.F.L. careers ended.