Jameis Winston is currently enduring the most anxious period of his football career as he awaits the events at the 2015 NFL Draft.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold the first overall pick in the draft, which will begin at the end of April. Winston is expected to be selected in the first round, but he is currently in a deadlock battle with Marcus Mariota, with the Bucs currently undecided about who they will pin their future hopes on.
Winston's talent on the field has not been questioned throughout the pre-draft process, with the signal caller impressing in the Scouting Combine.
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However, his off the field issues have been questioned and even Bucs general manager Jason Licht says those problems give him serious doubts over whether Winston is the right choice for Tampa Bay.
But just when it looked like Winston's alleged sexual assault during his college days was going to prevent him from getting drafted first overall, Licht's latest comments might just point to Winston being the favorite to be taken first overall on April 30.
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Asked by Peter King of Sports Illustrated whether or not he had any specific plays of Winston or Mariota that represented what they bring to the table, Licht singled out the one play that he thought showed off everything that Winston is about - and surprisingly, it's not a pass play.
“If I see a good play I want to keep, I put it on my phone,” he said. “Look at this one [above video] from Jameis. I was actually at this game," Licht told King.
On the play, Winston rolls out to the left on a run play, but rather than letting his running back maraud down the field on his own, Winston sprints up field and makes the crucial block which allows Levonte Whitfield to score the touchdown.
It's the perfect play to display Winston's character on the field. He's not just a quarterback with an awesome arm, he's also a player that can gain respect and inspire his teammates. But despite this, Licht still has his reservations.
"I'd be lying if I said I don't spend a lot of time thinking about the off-field stuff," Licht told The MMQB this week, NFL.com reported earlier this week. "This decision is going to affect so many people and their families. We've got to get it right."
It remains to be seen what the Bucs do with their first overall pick, but what do you think NFL fans? Should the Bucs select Winston first overall? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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