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Buccaneers didn't think Blake Bortles was an 'alpha male'

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Apparently the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would have passed on Blake Bortles last year because he wasn't "alpha male" enough.

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The general assumption is that on Thursday next week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to draft FSU quarterback Jameis Winston with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Leading up to that, one interesting thing I noticed in passing was a comment made about Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles.

Apparently, had the Jaguars not picked Bortles at the No. 3 overall pick last season and he'd fallen to the Bucs at seventh overall, the Bucs would have passed on him because he wasn't viewed as a guy with a "take charge" personality.

via Pewter Report:

The Bucs didn't draft a quarterback last year because they couldn't find the right match between personality and game film. Tampa Bay would have passed on Central Florida's Blake Bortles had he been there with the seventh overall pick because he didn't come across a "take-charge" personality kind of guy.

Leading up to the draft, I don't really recall that being talked about or an issue, at least with Bortles. There was definitely talk about Teddy Bridgewater being too quiet and laid back, but with Bortles that never seemed an issue. This, apparently, is one of the reasons why the Bucs are setting their sights on Winston, because of his leadership qualities.

I don't think this means anything, in relation to Bortles, but I just found it funny that that perception was out there, especially given the luxury of hindsight and seeing Bortles lead for nearly a full season.