Andrew Astleford breaks down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' picks from the 2015 NFL draft.
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Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State, first round (No. 1 overall)
A new era has arrived with Winston coming to the Bucs. This was a no-brainer pick, given the former Florida State's star ability to provide immediate help for a team that went 2-14 last season. His charisma and on-field attributes are well-documented, so at last, the Bucs feel like they've secured a franchise quarterback after recent struggles with Josh Freeman, Mike Glennon and Josh McCown behind center. Still, the off-field concerns will follow Winston. If he can keep focused on football, then he has a chance to be a franchise-changing figure.
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Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State, second round (No. 34 overall)
After drafting Winston, the Bucs went to working trying to improve their protection for him. Smith was named to the Outland Trophy preseason watch list before last season, and he became a staple within the Nittany Lions' offensive line as a starter for 31 games. Bucs general manager Jason Licht said Smith will be given a chance to become the Bucs' starter at left tackle, a position that was a weakness last season after Anthony Collins proved to be a free-agent bust. Smith has a large frame at 6-foot-5, 335 pounds.
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Ali Marpet, G, Hobart College, second round (No. 61 overall)
The Bucs consider Marpet a Division III find. He made an impression with standout tape from the Senior Bowl, and Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht considers the young player a possible starting option at guard. At 6-foot-4, 310 pounds, he has favorable size. His ability to hang with big-program talent during the Senior Bowl bodes well for his potential to thrive in the NFL. He's a feel-good story, but he must prove himself to make an impact with the Bucs.
Alexander represents the first defensive player taken by the Bucs during the Jason Licht/Lovie Smith Era. He was a two-year starter at outside linebacker for LSU, in 2013 and 2014. He finished with 156 tackles, 15 tackles for losses, 1 1/2 sacks, six pass breakups and seven quarterback hurries. He ran an impressive 4.55 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. He'll be given a chance to compete at outside linebacker and on special teams.
Bell is a shifty pass-catching option who ran a 4.42 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. He had 788 yards receiving last season, and his career-high 863 yards receiving happened in 2012. He's Nebraska's career leader in receptions (181) and in receiving yards (2,689). He should serve as offensive depth, possibly someone who could add some flexibility to the Bucs' offensive scheme under coordinator Dirk Koetter. He's also as an option on special teams, after totaling 51 returns for 1,277 yards and one touchdown at Nebraska.
Clay figures to be a favorite to earn a job as a return man. He has strong straight-line speed, and he was clocked with a 4.51 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Last season, he closed with a punt return average of 15 yards and three touchdowns while returning one kick for a touchdown and a 24.9-yard average. He's also considered to have good speed in space. As a receiver, he has had issues with drops in the past, and he totaled four of them last season. He's known for placing the ball on the ground before the goal line in a loss to Oregon on Nov. 8.
Iosefa has a sizable body at 6-0, 247 pounds. His speed is lacking, as shown by the 5.02 40-yard time he ran at the NFL Combine. He doesn't have much of a burst, but his power can be a strength if he develops as a pro. The Bucs will give him a chance to compete at fullback. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI last October, so there may be some character concerns.