Most people expect the Buccaneers to use the first overall pick on former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. But the owners of the second overall pick still think there’s a chance that Winston will be available.
That’s why the Titans have scheduled a private workout with Winston and will bring him to Nashville to visit their team facilities, according to Terry McCormick of 247Sports. The precise date of Winston’s visit is not yet known, but it is expected to be around the same time as Florida State’s March 31 Pro Day.
The Titans could use a quarterback, with last year’s sixth-round pick Zach Mettenberger currently penciled in as the starter. If Winston were available to them, there’s a good chance the Titans would take him. The Titans also had a private workout with the other top quarterback in the draft, Marcus Mariota.
The fact that Winston is planning to visit the Titans indicates that the Buccaneers have given him no assurances that he’ll go first overall. In past years, some of the top quarterback prospects have declined to work out for certain teams when they thought they knew how the draft was going to play out. Robert Griffin III, for instance, didn’t bother to visit the Colts because he was expecting Andrew Luck to go to Indianapolis while Griffin himself went to Washington.
Winston thinks there’s at least enough uncertainty about his own status that he’ll visit the Titans, even if he’d like to go first overall and be off the board before the Titans make their pick.