HOUSTON – The National Football League wrapped up its annual draft of college prospects this weekend, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers taking quarterback Jameis Winston with the No. 1 overall pick.
The Tennessee Titans also opted to upgrade their offense by taking University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota with the No. 2 pick in the draft.
Winston and Mariota, both Heisman Trophy winners, were the first quarterbacks to go back-to-back in the No. 1 and No. 2 spots since 2012, when the Indianapolis Colts took Andrew Luck with the top pick in the draft and the Washington Redskins grabbed Robert Griffin III with the No. 2 pick.
The selection of Winston with the top pick was not much of a surprise, with most draft gurus listing the former Florida State standout as the perfect fit for the Bucs, who needed a franchise quarterback.
The Titans turned down trade offers from the Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns for their pick and took Mariota, as many draft analysts expected.
The Jacksonville Jaguars followed up by taking University of Florida defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. with the No. 3 overall pick in the draft.
The second round of the draft started with the New York Giants trading up to take Alabama safety Landon Collins.
The three-day NFL draft ended on Saturday, with the Arizona Cardinals taking Louisville tight end Gerald Christian in the 7th round with the 256th and final pick, a dubious honor marked annually with the granting of the title of “Mr. Irrelevant” to the final player chosen.