While most of the Bucs and Florida State connection talk in the upcoming draft revolve around Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston, the polarizing QB isn’t the only Nole on the Bucs radar. FSU guard Tre’ Jackson met with a number of NFL teams at last week’s Senior Bowl in Mobile and told PewterReport.com that Tampa Bay was one of those teams.

We asked Jackson, who earned Outstanding Player honors following last Saturday’s game, how difficult it was this season with the Seminoles under the national microscope.

“Coach Fisher has been preaching since I got there my freshmen year, to eliminate the clutter,” Jackson said. “That is something he really harped on. But we never really had to deal with it as we did this past year. But the way we were able to lock in on our opponent every week is something you don’t find that at many schools.”

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Jackson was complimentary of his quarterback’s ability to deal with the outside adversity.

“When we saw the things he was going through, the things he was fighting and still come out and play his best game, continue to do things that Jameis Winston does, it drives you to eliminate the clutter and be the best.”

When asked who was the best quarterback in the upcoming draft, the obvious biased guard was quick with his answer.

“No question (he is the best quarterback),” Jackson said. “I think he is the best player in (all) of college football.”

Jackson said the thought of reuniting with Winston in Tampa Bay would be just fine with him.

“It would be a great feeling (to play for the Bucs),” Jackson said. “I never really thought about it until I started talking to Tampa out here this week. It would be a great feeling playing with Jameis Winston again.”

Unfortunately for Tampa Bay, Jackson’s stellar play may have pushed his stock out of the Bucs range. Coming into the Senior Bowl most felt Jackson was a third-round pick, but some, including Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke, think Jackson could find himself being selected in the late first round after a great week in Mobile working with Jags line coach Tony Boselli.

Boselli talked to Seminoles.com last week at the Senior Bowl.

“He worked great at practice and did a good job of everything that was thrown at him,” Boselli said. “… He’s a good football player.”

 

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

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  1. Change name from Pewter Report to Seminole Report

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    • Will do. Thanks for the suggestion.

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      • Lol.. haters gonna hate..

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    • Or you could just not read the articles. But as I think we all have known by now, you’re not that bright.

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      • Your the one that thought Big Ben wasn’t in trouble while in the NFL, maybe you should read more

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        • Please enlighten me as to were I said that.Or are you just going to continue to make up words for me? I said successful in the NFL and never even mentioned big ben, you did. You going senile already? Try to keep up, i’m going slow for you here.

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          • Your qoute “And I got your point about character little man, my point was that those guys didn’t get into trouble after college. And went on to be successful”. happy now?

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  2. MAx Garcia is a guard from Florida Gators is he on the Bucs Radar as well or only Seminoles?

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    • Garcia is projected as a 6-7 rounder. But helped his stock in Mobile. Could go higher.

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    • as an Center in the 5th absolutely

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  3. How a player goes from a third round pick to a first just because of one game is hard to believe. You play three,four years and you can move up the board in one game.I would think the body of work over the years would be more reliable then just one game.

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    • Agree somewhat, but coaches and scouts fall in love at the Senior Bowl all the time. Look at Ponder and Manuel. All it takes is one team seeing a trait that they think fits their team and boom. There they go. I don’t think he goes first round though. Still say he is 2-3 rounder.

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  4. Agree Mark, when a team gets desperate and reaches that’s when they get in trouble. Good examples Ponder and Manuel, never should have gone that high but when you need a QB teams due odd things.

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  5. I like him better than the FSU center. I think you and SR should both do mock drafts on PR.

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  6. Well Buc fans if Tampa could trade RB Martin and B/u QB for a 2nd Rd Pick. Then Tampa could select and Offensive Lineman and a Defensive lineman in Rd-2 then as far as Iam concerned Tamps gets three players that can start from Day One GO Bucs

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  7. Referring to a fellow poster “moron” as “little man”? Nothing immature about that. C’mon JonnyG, you bring more to the table than that.

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  8. If we pick Mariota, Hroniss Grasu his Oregon center I would think would make a good 3rd round pick.

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