Worthy of No. 1: Marcus Mariota to Tampa Bay

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In this final installment, FishDuck.com Feature Writer Caleb Couturie will be analyzing the last of the 25 teams in the NFL Draft that may look to select Marcus Mariota.

**DISCLAIMER: This is part of a project FOR FUN. All trades suggested are merely hypotheticals, and do not reflect my actual opinion of what will happen on draft day. Enjoy.**

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No. 1: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TB’s Draft Pick: First

TB’s 2015 Cap Space: $30,177,055

TB’s Top Needs: QB, CB, RB/S

Tampa Bay is a mess. In a year where a team with a two-game below .500 record could’ve made the playoffs, watching Tampa Bay dwindle (again) in the weak NFC South was especially hard. In a tale of two Joshes, Tampa Bay watched both Freeman and McCown drive their team into the ground. The secondary needs help, the RB position is non-existent, but far and away the most glaring need down in Florida is a QB. As the team with the No. 1 pick, Tampa Bay will almost certainly take one of the two top QB prospects.

HOW IT CAN HAPPEN:

Tampa Bay takes Marcus Mariota with the No. 1 pick. It’s either him or Jameis Winston. After watching both perform admirably at the combine, Tampa Bay is in for a tough decision.

HOW MARIOTA WOULD DO IN TB:

Out of all the teams thought to land the No. 1 pick , TB was definitely the most promising. Mike Evans, a healthy Doug Martin, Vincent Jackson and an on-the-mend offensive line look like, as an offense, they’re one or two pieces away from figuring it all out. Evans especially looks like a future star, and VJ could provide Mariota with a solid veteran receiver that he could rely on. The weather down in Florida would be a lot like home for Mariota, too, which I’m sure would be quite the seller compared to some of the other snow dens.

WOULD HE START?:

Not Week 1. Give McCown/Mike Glennon one or two bad starts each though, and I predict Mariota could be thrust into action as early as Week 4.

QUICK HITS:

TB’s Projected Record with Mariota: 7-9

TB’s Projected Record W/O Mariota: 3-13

Mariota’s first year stats: 3,200 yards/22 pass TDs/9 INTs/5 Rushing TDs

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Caleb Couturie

Caleb Couturie

Caleb is a sophomore at the University of Oregon intending to double major in Journalism and Sports Management. He is the Managing Editor for FishDuck.com, along with being a lifetime Saints and San Francisco Giants fan, as Caleb fell in love with sports at a young age and developed that love into a passion for sports analysis. He is looking forward to cheering on the Ducks throughout his career at Oregon, and is always willing to talk sports with any fellow fan.

  • MarcTheDuck

    I’m sure TB will take their local Heisman winner. Despite his well known question marks, he is a good thrower and has a large local fan base. Bringing in someone over Winston would be a high risk move for TB management. Especially if MM didn’t pan out. No one would ever let them forget that they passed up the local Heisman guy. MM would be a better choice anywhere else. But not in Florida.

    • Anthony Joseph Gomes

      did you notice how FSU was using the up tempo offense late in the season trying to simulate what tampa bay does? it looked to me like the noles offense performed worse with that concept but it seemed to me like jimbo was grooming jamies for tampa bay with it. with the offense tampa bay runs they will stink no matter who the quarterback is. chip turned down 6 million a year to coach there but took the eagles job for 3.5 million(initially). you know he must have had a reason for doing that.

  • Anthony Joseph Gomes

    mariota would be a terrible choice for tampa bay. tampa bay is the worst franchise in the NFL and not just because of their record. mariota will fail at tampa bay but winston will not because the media will be far more willing to make excuses for him no matter how bad tampa bay does. tampa bay uses an up tempo, ball control offense that is run based. which means you dont go for big plays and tend to get stuck in the red zone. its a really dumb strategy and they will keep losing with it until they fire the clowns who designed it. until then they will need someone to blame and the quarterback will be the number one target for that. with all the garbage the talking heads have dumped on mariota and oregon it will be very easy to put the lipstick on that pig.