The Bucs have a major decision ahead of them.
Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht, head coach Lovie Smith and company traveled to Tallahassee Wednesday to hold a private workout for Jameis Winston and several teammates, just one day after a trip to Oregon for a workout with Marcus Mariota.
On the way into the IPF, surrounded by Tampa Bay brass, Winston ran into FSU baseball's Mike Martin Jr. They embraced, and Martin Jr. asked Winston what was next for the projected No. 1 overall pick.
Walking over 2 indoor workout facility, Jameis Winston ran into FSU baseball coach Mike Martin. Martin asked, "What's next for you?" (cont.)— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) April 8, 2015
Winston's answer to Martin: "Tampa Bay, hopefully."— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) April 8, 2015
While Winston had the spotlight, several of his fellow former 'Noles were there to workout as well. This clearly gives Winston all of the pieces he needs for a successful workout, but it also gives these players one last chance to make their own cases.
The Bucs should absolutely draft Winston with the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL Draft, but they have plenty of other needs as well - and some of those needs could be filled with the talent that joined Winston inside the IPF on Wednesday.
OL Josue Matias here to workout for Tampa bay as well. Bucs can absolutely use him. pic.twitter.com/ls0vlxHbiz— Dustin Tackett (@dtackett_) April 8, 2015
Bobby Hart was also there today. pic.twitter.com/YRqKA7fMda— Dustin Tackett (@dtackett_) April 8, 2015
Drafting a quarterback - and the future of your franchise - is an investment, and Tampa Bay will want to protect that investment by adding bodies in front of him on the offensive line. FSU is looking to fill the void of four key departures on the offensive line in C Cam Erving, LG Josue Matias, RG Tre' Jackson and RT (projected guard) Bobby Hart. They were all there to workout for Tampa Bay as well.
Cam Erving and Tre' Jackson working out as well. So Winston now has his center and a pair of guards. pic.twitter.com/fxskx3eFBy— Dustin Tackett (@dtackett_) April 8, 2015
Also there working out was FSU's all-time leading receiver Rashad Greene and tight end Nick O'Leary. WR Scooter Haggins was also there.
And here's Scooter Haggins. pic.twitter.com/rEsegCvHKt— Dustin Tackett (@dtackett_) April 8, 2015
While the Bucs have an extremely talented duo at the wide receiver position in Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, it wouldn't hurt to steal Rashad Greene somewhere down the board, adding not only somebody who seems to share a brain with Winston while on the football field but also maybe the most technically sound receiver in the draft - and somebody that can be a tremendous addition in the slot for Tampa Bay.
Rashad Greene and Nick O'Leary here to workout with the Tampa Bay Bucs as well. pic.twitter.com/sgsCYgC98A— Dustin Tackett (@dtackett_) April 8, 2015
Winston should be a no-brainer for the Bucs come draft day, but the question is whether or not they'll bite on some of the other talented players dangling in front of their faces.