NFL - Scandal-tainted Winston top pick in draft

Quarterback Jameis Winston looks to throw a pass during the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 21, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana (AFP Photo/Joe Robbins) (Getty/AFP/File)

- Scandal-tainted college football star Jameis Winston was handed the daunting task of reviving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after being chosen as the top pick in the NFL draft on Thursday. Winston, the youngest winner of the Heisman Trophy in 2013, will be saddled with the responsibility of forging a franchise-changing upturn in the club's fortunes, but the 21-year-old comes with a controversial reputation following accusations of sexual assault and shoplifting. The Buccaneers carried out extensive checks on the player's character before the draft and the Buccaneers veterans had also signalled that they would crack down on Winston in the locker room if he stepped out of line, suggesting they would take a dim view of his brash style. "If we draft him and he comes into the locker room, we have some veteran guys that will pull him to the side and make him understand that there's a role here he has to play and sometimes he may have to tone that down," star linebacker Lavonte David told The Tampa Tribune.

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