Quarterback - Jameis Winston
Tampa Bay Buccaneers first overall pick.
The 2015 NFL Draft was the 80th annual meeting of National Football League (NFL) franchises. It took place in Chicago at the Auditorium Theatre and in Grant Park, from April 30 to May 2. The previous fifty NFL drafts (since 1965) had been held in New York City. The 2015 NFL draft was the first to feature an outdoor component, where fans would be able to see the Commissioner on the Auditorium Theatre stage from across the street in the park; this area was called Draft Town. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held the right to select first because they had the league's worst record in the previous season. The Arizona Cardinals made the final pick in the draft, commonly called Mr. Irrelevant.
One of the major storylines approaching the NFL draft was the competition between the previous two Heisman Trophy winners, Jameis Winston winning the award in 2013 and Marcus Mariota in 2014. Both were considered excellent prospects and had the potential to become the first overall draft selection. Winston was considered to be a more polished pocket passer and pro-style quarterback, but has had several off the field issues while playing at Florida State, ranging from a sexual assault allegation to shoplifting incidents. Mariota was considered a better athlete, the fastest quarterback in the draft, and had a better off-the-field reputation. However, Mariota ran a spread offense at Oregon which typically had not transitioned well from college to the NFL. Although neither was considered a perfectly safe pick, the two quarterbacks were selected first and second overall. This is only the sixth time in NFL history that this has occurred. (1971, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2012). It was also the first time that two Heisman trophy winners were selected with the first two overall picks.
Shortly before the draft, the NFL shortened the amount of time for certain selections to be made. The time for seventh-round selections was reduced from five minutes to four minutes; similarly, the time for all compensatory selections, which cannot be traded, was reduced from seven minutes to four minutes.
Seventy-four underclassmen announced their intention to forgo their remaining NCAA eligibility and declare themselves available to be selected in the draft. An additional ten players who graduated but were still eligible to play college football chose to enter the draft, bringing to 84 the total number of players who chose to forgo college eligibility to enter the draft.
The draft order is based generally on each team's record from the previous season, with teams which qualified for the postseason selecting after those which failed to make the playoffs. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans each finished 2014 with league-worst 2–14 records. The Buccaneers were awarded the first pick in round one due to having a worse strength of schedule. The selection order for subsequent rounds follows the order of the first round, except that teams with the similar records (and the same playoff result for playoff teams) rotate selections round-by-round (e.g. the Titans picked first in the second round).
In addition to the seven picks each team is given (one in each round), the league allocated thirty-two supplemental picks at the ends of round 3 through 7, for a total of 256 picks. The supplemental picks are awarded to teams who had net losses of free agent talent from the previous year.
The Buccaneers picked from 1st and 2nd alternately through the draft. Buccaneers traded their 3rd round pick and a 4th round pick to Indianapolis Colts for the additional 2nd round selection. After several trades the Buccaneers were left with selections in each of the final four rounds.
The The first overall selection of Quarterback Jameis Winston was a goldmine for the Buccaneers. Winston immediately earned the starting quarterback posistion for the 2015 season and proceeded to have not just the best season of any Buccaneer rookie Quarterback but of any NFL rookie passer becoming only the third rookie ever to pass for over 4,000 yards in a season. This 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, and national champion with the Seminoles before declaring for the NFL draft as a junior, is on track to become a true franchise quarterback.
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|C||Center||CB||Cornerback||DB||Defensive back||DE||Defensive end|
|DL||Defensive lineman||DT||Defensive tackle||FB||Fullback||FS||Free safety|
|LB||Linebacker||LS||Long snapper||OT||Offensive Tackle||OL||Offensive lineman|
|NT||Nose tackle||P||Punter||PR||Punt returner||QB||Quarterback|
|RB||Running back||S||Safety||SS||Strong safety||TB||Tailback|
|TE||Tight end||WR||Wide receiver|
Notable Undrafted Players
|Original NFL team||Player||Pos.||College||Conf.||Notes|
|Chicago Bears||Bryce Callahan||CB||Rice||C-USA||Starter for the Bears.|
|Dallas Cowboys||La'el Collins||G||Louisiana State||SEC||Named starting left guard since Week 7 in 2015.|
|New England Patriots||David Andrews||C||Georgia||SEC||Starter for the Patriots.|
|New York Giants||Will Tye||TE||Stony Brook||CAA||Starter for the Giants.|
|San Diego Chargers||Josh Lambo||K||Texas A&M||SEC||Starter for the Chargers.|
|San Diego Chargers||Tyrell Williams||WR||Western Oregon||GNAC||Starter for the Chargers.|
|Seattle Seahawks||Thomas Rawls||RB||Central Michigan||MAC||830 rushing yards leading the NFL with 5.6 yards/carry|
|Kansas City Chiefs||David Irving||DE||Iowa State||Big 12||Starter for the Cowboys|
|Detroit Lions||Zach Zenner||RB||South Dakota State||MVFC||Starter for the Lions|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Adam Humphries||WR||Clemson||ACC||Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting wide receiver|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Eli Rogers||WR||Louisville||ACC||Starter for the Steelers|
Hall of Famers
- No player selected in this draft has yet been inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame. (If we've missed someone please advise)