Scandal-tainted Winston top pick in NFL draft


CHICAGO: 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 (Friday in Manila). The Heisman Trophy-winning Florida State quarterback was widely expected to be chosen by the Buccaneers, who are desperate to halt a slide in fortunes that has seen them fail to reach the playoffs for the past seven seasons. Winston, the youngest winner of the Heisman Trophy in 2013, was accused of sexually assaulting a college student although he was never arrested or charged, and also courted controversy when he was accused of shoplifting crab legs from a supermarket. He was banned for one game last year for shouting a sexually explicit obscenity after climbing onto a college campus table.



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