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Tampa Bay Buccaneers execs may not be comfortable drafting Jameis Winston

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It seems to have been already determined that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be selecting Jameis Winston with the first pick in the upcoming 2015 NFL draft.

The Bucs are in desperate need of a new quarterback and the former Heisman winner is easily the best of this years class, despite off-field issues always lingering when any conversation starts about the former Florida State star.

And it seems that those off-field issues are potentially starting to concern the Buccaneers as well, with at least one member of the team's ownership group unsure about drafting Winston.

Bucs Have Concerns

According to an article from Yahoo! Sports, Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, a Glazer sibling who is also part of the ownership group, has reportedly raised some questions about whether Winston is the right person to be the face of the franchise.

In the piece, Charles Robinson reveals that Kassewitz is one of the voices whose opinion could influence the pick, and she has raised questions about how drafting Winston could affect the franchise from a community relations standpoint.

"The source said the selection won't happen without the approval of ownership. Second, the source said Darcie Glazer Kassewitz (the daughter of late owner Malcolm Glazer) is one of the voices in the Bucs' front office whose opinion could influence the pick."

Community Relations

"The source did not say Kassewitz was against drafting Winston," Robinson continued. "Nor did the source say Mariota or any other player was preferred at No. 1. But the source said that Kassewitz – who is the co-president of the Glazer Family Foundation – has raised some internal questions about the community relations impact of the pick."

Despite all this, a decision will have to be taken on what is best for the football team, rather than what outsiders looking in will say. But one dissenting voice in the war room could be enough to sway decision. 

If that does happen, then Bucs fans will obviously be disappointed. They need a quarterback badly, and despite his interception trouble in college, Winston looks like he has the skills to step in straight away and be a difference maker.

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