If the Buccaneers decide that Jameis Winston's off-field issues are a result of immature decisions that will develop over time, Tampa should draft him No. 1 overall and keep him in the state of Florida.
Jameis Winston may come up with plenty of off-field concerns but in a division boasting the likes of Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton, Tampa Bay doesn't have much choice but to gamble on the best quarterback in the draft.
A sprained AC joint suffered in the national championship game loss to Ohio State could keep the reigning Heisman Trophy winner from throwing at the combine. That could put the pressure on Mariota to excel during his pro day in March, while giving NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated passer, Jameis Winston, an opportunity to build momentum as the draft approaches.
The Titans at No. 2 would have a chance to draft the quarterback who doesn't go first overall. However, Tennessee might elect to stick with Zach Mettenberger as the 2015 starter and address another need area.
The Heisman Trophy winner gets most of the fanfare but the Oregon Ducks qualified for the National Championship because they are loaded with NFL talent. In fact, this year's class could be the most gifted in the university's rich history.
In the final game of his collegiate career, UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley showed off the big arm, graceful running and improved poise in the pocket that could force a QB-needy team in the NFL to gamble early.