Photos from QB Jameis Winston's 2016 campaign.
On Wednesday, NFL.com's Elliot Harrison published his All-Under 25 team, and the Buccaneers were well-represented. Three Bucs made the list – quarterback Jameis Winston, wide receiver Mike Evans and guard Ali Marpet. No other team in the league had more than two players listed.
This past season, Winston completed his second 4,000-yard passing season in as many years. He's the only quarterback to do so in his first two seasons and was the only quarterback selected to Harrison's All-Under 25 team.
Photos from Mike Evans' 2016 campaign.
"Statistically, he is behind both Dak Prescott and Marcus Mariota," Harrison wrote of Winston's 2016 season. "Yet for Jameis Winston, the youngest of the three, he is asked to do so much more on a football field in spite of that youth. He's already thrown nearly 300 more passes than Mariota, even though both came into the league the same year. (Of course, Mariota has missed some time due to injury -- but that's part of this equation, too.)
"Ultimately, Winston's lack of help -- juxtaposed with Mariota's luxury of leaning on a top-flight running game -- landed the Bucs QB a spot on this list. Asked one of our resident scouts here at NFL.com, Daniel Jeremiah, to rank them if he was starting an expansion team. '1) Winston, 2) Prescott, 3) Mariota.' There you go."
Evans, who earned a trip to his first Pro Bowl this past season, is one of two wide receivers on the list, along with the Giants' Odell Beckham. Evans has gone over 1,000 yards every year he's been in the league.
Photos from G Ali Marpet's 2016 campaign.
"Mike Evans turned 21 in the preseason of his rookie year, so despite already catching 238 passes in the NFL, he won't turn 25 until August of 2018," Harrison wrote. "Evans put up career highs in catches and yards last season, while leading the league in targets. There were times in 2016 when Evans represented the entire Bucs passing attack. The arrival of DeSean Jackson, and continued development of TE Cameron Brate, should only help Evans."
Marpet was one of two guards selected, along with Carolina's Trai Turner. Marpet was the NFL's fifth-best run-blocking guard in 2016, according to Pro Football Focus.
For Harrison's complete list, click HERE.