Being a quarterback taken No. 1 overall in the draft isn't as rare as it used to be.
Last time the Bucs took a QB at No. 1 — Vinny Testaverde in 1987 — there were only two such QBs in the NFL, with John Elway (1983) as the other. Testaverde would have to wait until his fourth season to face another QB taken No. 1 overall in Dallas' Troy Aikman, who came to Tampa and, yes, beat the Bucs with a fourth-quarter touchdown pass.
But today? The Bucs' Jameis Winston is one of 10 NFL quarterbacks who were picked No. 1 overall, and in just his fourth NFL game, he'll face another in Carolina's Cam Newton.
Newton is the first of four No. 1 QBs that Winston should get to go up against as a rookie — he'll face the Giants' Eli Manning (2004) in Week 9, the Eagles' Sam Bradford (2010) in Week 11, the Colts' Andrew Luck (2012) in Week 12, then another round with Newton in Week 17 just to see how far along he has come.
Five games against fellow No. 1s is an impressive yardstick for a rookie QB — in Newton's four-plus NFL seasons, he has had only seven such games, with a 4-3 record and a single win against each of four QBs he has faced.
Winston can get a head start on his list Sunday, or can add to Newton's list of conquered top-pick quarterbacks.