Report: Buccaneers leaning towards drafting Jameis Winston

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Jameis Winston is one of the most talked about draft prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft class, and he has a very good chance to go to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the No. 1 overall pick. According to a report from Pat Yasinskas of ESPN, the Buccaneers are leaning towards drafting Winston with the first pick in the draft over Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Most analysts and fans have been expecting Mariota to be the first quarterback drafted, and Winston appears to have won over the only people who matter.

During his two seasons at Florida State, Winston ended up throwing for 7,964 yards, 65 touchdowns, and 28 interceptions. He has plenty of talent, but there are quite a few concerns as well. His off-the-field decision-making has been disturbing, and the rape allegations are even more disturbing and serious.

While he wasn't found guilty of rape, the concerns surrounding the accusation are still there. There are plenty of teams that have interest in Winston, but they all know what they could be getting into. Johnny Manziel was a great college quarterback too, but his off-the-field concerns came back to bite the Cleveland Browns this year and they are unsure of their future.

Tampa Bay cannot afford to miss with this chance at drafting a legitimate franchise quarterback. There is a chance that Winston can be that guy for them moving forward, but Mariota has all of the tools to be a star as well.

At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, Winston has all of the physical tools to be a star quarterback. He will have to pick up his work ethic to become the star that he has the potential of being, but that is something that will come as he matures. There are plenty of things that he needs to improve on, but his raw potential is enough to make the Buccaneers favor him over Mariota at this point in the draft process.

Don't be surprised to see the Buccaneers change their minds, but Winston appears to be their man at this point in time. This is the type of move that will either become a bust or will be a major success. There won't be much middle ground between those two with Winston, and he alone controls whether or not he will become the star quarterback that he has the talent to be.

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IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR NFLPA - Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback (3) Jameis Winston is interviewed at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Jeff Lewis/AP Images for NFLPA)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston calls out a play during drills in an NFL rookie minicamp in Tampa, Fla., Friday, May 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-round draft pick Jameis Winston holds up his jersey during a news conference Friday, May 1, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. Winston, a former Florida State quarterback, was the first overall pick. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 21: Quarterback Jameis Winston of Florida State looks to throw a pass during the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 21, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
James Winston reacts with his grandmother Myrtle Winston to learning he is the first pick in the NFL draft Thursday, April 30, 2015 in Bessemer, Ala. Winston was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 30: Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles passes against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the first half of the Advocare Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: Florida St. football player Jameis Winston attends the 2014 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - April 4, 2014: Heisman Trophy Winner Jameis Winston signs autographs prior to Florida State baseball game versus Notre Dame. Winston plays outfield, is a switch hitter, and the closing pitcher for the Seminoles. (Photo by Mickey Adair/ Getty Images)
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston wins the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award during a press conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. (Richard W Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - APRIL 12: Jameis Winston #5 of the Garnet team signs autographs for fans following Florida State's Garnet and Gold spring game at Doak Campbell Stadium on April 12, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 30: (L-R) Head coach Jimbo Fisher of the Florida State Seminoles talks with Jameis Winston #5 in the fourth quarter of play against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston holds the BCS trophy with Kelvin Benjamin looking on at the BCS Championship game against the Auburn Tigers at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. FSU won, 34-31. (Joe Burbank/MCT via Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - DECEMBER 5: State Attorney William Meggs addresses the media about the finding on the alleged sexual assault case involving Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston on December 5, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida. The State Attorney's office concluded there was not enough evidence to prosecute Winston. Winston, a Heisman Trophy favorite, was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in December of 2012 and had been under investigation since November 13. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - DECEMBER 5: Attorney Timothy Jansen address the media about the finding on the Alleged Sexual Assault Case involving his client Florida State Quarterback Jameis Winston on December 5, 2013 in front of the Leon County Courthouse in Tallahassee, Florida. The State of Florida said that there were not enough evidence to win a conviction on Winston. Winston, a Heisman Trophy candidate will not be charged with sexually assaulting a women who accused him of raping her a year ago. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - DECEMBER 5: Six Jameis Winston supporters celebrates during Attorney Timothy Jansen address the media about the finding on the Alleged Sexual Assault Case involving his client Florida State Quarterback Jameis Winston on December 5, 2013 in front of the Leon County Courthouse in Tallahassee, Florida. The State of Florida said that there were not enough evidence to win a conviction on Winston. Winston, a Heisman Trophy candidate will not be charged with sexually assaulting a women who accused him of raping her a year ago. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston celebrates at the end of the BCS Championship game against the Auburn Tigers at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. FSU won, 34-31. (Joe Burbank/MCT via Getty Images)
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston wins the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award during a press conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. (Richard W Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Jameis Winston, quarterback of the Florida State Seminoles, speaks after being named the 79th Heisman Memorial Trophy Award winner during the 2013 Heisman Trophy Presentation at the Best Buy Theater on December 14, 2013 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: Photographer approval needed for all Commercial License requests. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Getty Images for the Heisman Trust)
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is interviewed and photographed during the BCS Championship Game Media Day at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Beach, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 06: Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles takes the field prior to the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game against the Auburn Tigers at the Rose Bowl on January 6, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 07: Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates on stage after defeating the Duke Blue Devils 45-7 in the ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 07: Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles scores a touchdown in the third quarter against the Duke Blue Devils during the ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 30: Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles walks off the field after the game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Gainesville, Florida. Florida State won 37-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 23: Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles as he enter the stadium before the game against the Idaho Vandals at Doak Campbell Stadium on Bobby Bowden Field on November 23, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida. 2nd Ranked Florida State defeated Idaho 80 to 14. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 6: Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles during his weekly press conference in the Moore Athletic Center on the campus of FSU on November 6, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 02: Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles looks on during a game against the Miami Hurricanes at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston celebrates after a 41-14 victory against Miami at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday, November 2, 2013. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles reacts after losing 59-20 to the Oregon Ducks in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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