Sports Illustrated projects that Bucs will take a quarterback in first round of NFL draft

SI's Albert Breer and Kalyn Kahler have the Bucs taking Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert with their first-round pick, 10th overall, in their 2019 NFL Mock Draft.
Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert throws downfield against Arizona State during a gamer earlier this month in Eugene, Ore. [AP Photo/Chris Pietsch]
Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert throws downfield against Arizona State during a gamer earlier this month in Eugene, Ore. [AP Photo/Chris Pietsch]
Published November 27
Updated November 27

The Bucs still seem undecided about whether to bring back quarterback Jameis Winston next season.

Whether they do or not, it won't be for the long term, in the view of one major sports publication.

Albert Breer and Kalyn Kahler project that the Bucs will select Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert with their first-round pick, 10th overall, in Sports Illustrated's 2019 NFL Mock Draft.

"The Bucs will have a decision to make on Jameis Winston this offseason," Breer and Kahler write, "though one roster-building path would be to keep him on his fifth-year option year (2019) as a bridge guy, giving a developmental QB a year to develop before stepping in as an economical option under center."

"Herbert, who was drawing Carson Wentz comps earlier this season, is currently the favorite to be the first QB off the board."

Herbert, 6-feet-6, 233 pounds, has completed 60 percent of his passes this season for 2,985 yards and 28 touchdowns with eight interceptions.

He left Saturday's game against Oregon State with an injured shoulder after being sacked late in the first half. He is expected to play in whatever bowl game Oregon (8-4) ends up at.

The Bucs in April picked up the fifth-year option on Winston's rookie contract. The $20.9-million deal  is guaranteed only against injury.

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