NFL Draft Day Jameis Winston Goes to Tampa Bay Buccaneers as No# 1 NFL Draft Pick
Despite Jameis Winston's past controversies off the field, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback as the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.
The Florida State star, who is expected to sign a multimillion-dollar contract with Tampa Bay, was back home in Alabama -- leaving an empty stage at the draft venue in Chicago.
After he was selected, Winston tweeted that he was "so proud to be" a Tampa Bay Buccaneer, adding that it was a "dream come true."
With Winston off the board, the Tennessee Titans made Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota the No. 2 pick.
Before the draft, Winston had told ESPN, "Anyone that wants to take that chance on me ... they're going to be lucky."
The NFL Players Association told ABC News today that Winston could make roughly $24 million for his first four years. On April 17, Nike announced that it had signed Winston.
"The ultimate goal is to win the Super Bowl," said ESPN football analyst Todd McShay. "And he looks like he's capable of winning a Super Bowl."
But Winston had said he'd be at home in Alabama during the draft, surrounded by his family. He posted on Instagram today, thanking his supporters.