CHICAGO — Whew. The wait is finally over. Thank goodness.
Now, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers get to stress out for the next three or four years to see what really comes of the first pick of the NFL draft — quarterback Jameis Winston of Florida State.
The Bucs put an end to months of speculation by selecting the talented-but-troubled signal caller, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2013.
Winston was not present in Chicago, choosing to watch the draft at home in Alabama.
(Oh, and Commissioner Roger Goodell got booed again when he came out to announce the pick.)
Winston apparently did enough to convince the owners of the first pick that he’s worth the risk.
He’s the first QB to be selected first since Andrew Luck in 2012. Winston is also the first player from Florida State, which produces gobs of NFL talent, to be picked first in the draft.
— Eddie Pells, The Associated Press