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Tampa Bay Buccaneers eyeing up Marcus Mariota with top draft pick

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"With the first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Marcus Mariota, quarterback, Oregon."

Don't be surprised if those are the exact words that come out of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's mouth in about three months time at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL. 

According to reports from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Bucs have their sights set on using their first pick in the draft to acquire the former Oregon Ducks star and reigning Heisman winner Mariota.

"...There's a real sense that Tampa Bay has its sights set on Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. So for now, Mariota shapes up as the most likely No. 1 pick. But there are still three months of combine work, pro days, interviews and investigations to go." - Adam Schefter

Mariota has been pencilled in as the number one overall pick for a while now, probably ever since the season started in all likelihood, and it seems that the Bucs won't be messing with that status quo.

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Jameis' Chance

However, Jameis Winston does have a very real chance to play himself into contention for that coveted 1st overall selection. A lot of draft analysts have come out and said that the former Florida State star is easily the better NFL style quarterback.

"Many NFL executives and scouts believe Florida State's Jameis Winston is the best pro quarterback prospect in this draft. Of course, teams still have three months to dig into Winston's past and see what they can uncover."

For example, CBSSports.com draft experts have Florida State's Winston going No. 1 overall, with Mariota falling to the Jets at No. 6.

There is a lot of time between now and the draft for things to go wrong or right for Mariota and Winston. You just have to ask Teddy Bridgewater who was the consensus best quarterback available in last year's draft, but after a poor pro day he ended up nearly dropping out of the 1st round.

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