As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prep for the 2019 season with Jameis Winston as their starting quarterback, this mock draft seems to think he is doomed.
In a 2020 NFL Mock Draft published by NFL Spin Zone’s Randy Gurzi, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are picking in the top ten, once again. Gurzi has the Buccaneers seemingly moving on from quarterback Jameis Winston as they use the eighth pick in the draft to select Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm.
Winston is entering the last season of his rookie contract, as he has yet to prove he can be trusted with a long term extension in Tampa Bay. Should the marriage between Winston and new head coach Bruce Arians prove to be fruitful, then he could receive a healthy payday to stay with the Buccaneers into the future.
If the 2019 season for the Buccaneers does not go as planned, then they could very well move on from Winston in a heartbeat. Here in this mock, they do as they are looking for the new face of their franchise. Gurzi is clearly concerned that Winston may be too much of a problem for Arians to try and correct in one season:
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"“Off the field, he’s simply a liability. Winston came into the league with plenty of red flags and continued to show bad judgment as he was suspended to start the 2018 season after groping a female Uber driver. Asking Arians to turn him into a trustworthy player is a bit much, which is why Tampa Bay moves on in this mock draft” (Gurzi via NFL Spin Zone)."
Fromm is entering his junior year at the University of Georgia after back-to-back SEC championship losses to Alabama and National Champion runner up. Usurping the starting role from another former five-star recruit as a freshman, Fromm enters his third year as the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback.
Thus far in his career, Fromm has completed about 65 percent of his passes for nearly 5,400 yards and 54 total touchdowns. Last season as a sophomore, Fromm completed 67 percent of his passes for 2,761 yards and 30 touchdowns; good news to the fans of the Buccaneers, he threw just six interceptions last season as well.
In a deep quarterback class, Fromm was already the third quarterback to come off the board in the top eight picks of this mock draft. If the Buccaneers do decide to go in a different direction at the quarterback position after this year, they will have their choice of a talented bunch.