No. 11 – Jameis Winston, Quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2015 NFL Draft
Jameis Winston has had one of the most roller-coaster careers of the players included on this list. Sure he led the league in interceptions with 30 this past season, but he also led the league in passing yards with 5,109 as well as pass attempts with 626.
Overall, Winston was a steady option in Tampa Bay that just saw a few bumps in the road. Over his five seasons with the Bucs, he started all 16 games three times while throwing 121 touchdowns compared to his 88 interceptions. While it would have been interesting to see him continue in Bruce Arians’ system, the arrival of Tom Brady ended that part of Winston’s career.
Now reflecting on the class, there wasn’t much else the Buccaneers could have done with that pick. Todd Gurley and Amari Cooper were the only other players that have turned out to be at the top of the game at least for a season, but as I’ve already stated, how often does a running back or wide receiver go with the first pick?
Although Winston didn’t exactly do what many thought he could, there wasn’t really anything else the Bucs could have done with the pick.