"My gut tells me they're going to go with a quarterback, and at this point I would guess it's Jameis Winston, just because he fits what they do more," Mayock said on a media teleconference Monday.
Mayock said he doesn't envy the position that the Buccaneers are in -- evaluating contrasting sets of concerns about Winston and the draft's other top quarterback prospect, Oregon's Marcus Mariota. Character questions about Winston's off-field behavior will give pause to whichever club might evaluate him for a first-round investment. Mayock also said Winston's high interception rate in 2014 makes for an on-field concern, as well. Mariota, meanwhile, hasn't played in a pro-style system and thus faces a more steep learning curve than does Winston at the pro level. And that could ultimately be what compels Tampa Bay to take the quarterback who can help them more in the short term.
"They've got a ton of homework ahead of them, and I think both quarterbacks have question marks," Mayock said.