"Going back all the way to the [combine], we said we had a leader in the clubhouse," Licht said, according to NFL.com. "We still do. If we had to pick today, we'd feel very comfortable making the pick."
The Buccaneers last drafted a quarterback in the first round in 2009 when they took
This time around, Tampa Bay will have to make a philosophical choice between Mariota, a spread offense, option-type quarterback and Winston, a prototypical pocket passer. Both are
At Oregon, in three college seasons, Mariota completed 66.8% of his passes for 10,796 yards and 105 touchdowns with just 14 total interceptions. He also rushed for an additional 2,237 yards scoring an additional 29 times.
Winston threw 40 touchdown passes at
"Personally, I think it's probably the biggest draft in the history of the organization," Licht said. "We've got a real chance to really put us over the top and get us to a level that we think we're going to be at this year -- which is competing for a championship. It's a great draft to have the No. 1 pick."
The NFL draft begins April 30 in Chicago.