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Jameis Winston's off field issues still hurt his draft stock, says Bucs' GM

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Jameis Winston's career in the NFL could be defined not by what he does on the field but by what he does or has already done off it.

Winston was accused of sexual assault during his days in college, and now the Florida State quarterback could be haunted by those claims as he attempts to make it in the NFL.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers could decide to draft Winston first overall in the NFL Draft at the end of April, but unsurprisingly and worryingly for Winston, the Bucs general manager Jason Licht says that Winston's off-the-field issues certainly affect his draft stock.

"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, reported. "This decision is going to affect so many people and their families. We've got to get it right."

Currently the Bucs are on a fact finding mission that will ultimately decide whether or not they select the former Florida State quarterback first overall this spring.

Winston certainly didn't do anything to harm his chances of getting selected first in the 2015 NFL Draft during the Scouting Combine.

The talented signal caller demonstrated poise on the field, and his impressive football IQ has subsequently earned him comparisons with five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning.

It remains to be seen whether or not Winston ends up at the Bucs, but if he doesn't, Tampa Bay certainly won't be passing on him because of his talent on the field that's for sure.

What do you think NFL fans? Should the Bucs select Jameis Winston first overall in the 2015 NFL Draft? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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