It seems everybody and their brother has been asked or has shared an opinion on who they prefer the Bucs to draft with the overall No. 1 pick in this year’s NFL Draft, so why not start asking the Bucs players? NFL AM on the NFL Network did just that on Thursday with Tampa Bay starting CB Alterraun Verner who was a guest on the morning news show.

“Obviously with (Josh) McCown being released, quarterback definitely is probably somebody we need,” Verner told the hosts. “A lot of talks between (Jameis)Winston and (Marcus) Mariota. Winston, I haven’t seen too much of, honestly, with him being Florida State. I’ve seen a lot of Mariota, since he was a Pac-12 guy. I’ve seen him beat the Bruins on countless occasions and I just know what type of player he is. I think you could go well with either one of those, and I’m not opposed to us probably even trading down, accumulating more picks to try to help us out more. There are a lot of ways you can go, and I think any way they decide to go is going to help the team.”

Verner continued to explain answer when pressed.

“It’s tough. I probably like Winston, from a lot of stuff I’ve been hearing, a lot of things I’ve been seeing and things like that. It’s hard for me to go 100 percent there, because I haven’t seen him really play. I’m going more on hearsay and things around. From his leadership qualities, that’s what I’ve been hearing a lot. As a quarterback, you want to have that strong leader in the locker room and on the field. Somebody you know you can go out and you feel like you can do anything. From what I hear that’s the type of guy Jameis is. Like I said, the other options are good too.”

With the NFL Scouting Combine now over, it appears Winston used the weekend in Indianapolis to change some perceptions of him both locally and nationally, while also re-enforcing what some had already gathered. Most mock drafts – including PewterReport.com’s – have the Buccaneers taking Winston with the first pick, but the only “mock” that matters is the one hanging on the magnetic board in the upstairs war room at One Buc Place.

63 days and counting Bucs fans.

You can watch the Verner appearance on NFL AM by clicking here.

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 mark@pewterreport.com
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cremdonado

Great- only 63 more days of these space filling non articles… how about an article projecting what next years QB crop might be- including FAs? Say we go Williams with the 1st pick, our def. line would be pretty scary with both McCoy and Williams and might make MJ look like a worthwhile addition he was unable to show himself as last season.We would still need help on defense- Kendricks in the second could seriously help with that- then go balls out on the Oline…roll with Glennon for a season and see what we have/increase his trade value…Then grab a… Read more »

moose40

Davis presses him to pick one guy, he hesitates, and says Winston, but he won’t go 100% Winston, but likes what he hears. Says you can’t go wrong with any option, said he likes Mariota from what he saw (with his own eyes), likes Winston from what he hears, and isn’t opposed to trading down to acquire more picks to help the team. Yeah, that really sounded like an endorsement of one player. SMFH, the pick may very well be Winston, but that wasn’t a slam dunk endorsement.

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KINDERRT

This is just a space filler article. NO current player is going to throw the current QB on the team under the bus. He is going to play the middle of the road comment card and try and say he likes this one but you could also take that one. Just like a Politician, talks a lot but says nothing!

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Bucmeister

I am all for trading down. Three picks this year and a first rounder next year,plus a mid round pick (3-4). Use to build the roster this year and give them a years experience, see if Glennon developes, if not take a franchise QB if there is one available, if not trade one of next years two #1’s to NE for Garoppolo,believe NE would do that. Our roster is short on quality starters and has no depth, need the extra picks to upgrade the roster.

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halifaxbucsfan

Say we do take Williams this year. I would like to see him play LE with MacDonald, McCoy, Johnson on the line. As for the QB’s next year there are Connor Cook, Cardale Jones and Christen Hackenberg currently as the top 3 2016 draftees. Aside from Jones, I’m not wow’d by either Cook or Hackenberg. And who’s to say that we wouldn’t have the same “pro-ready” vs. “spread” debate with Jones. That is even assuming that he beats out Braxton Miller or J.T Barrett to play this year. I know the QB choices for some are thin but there is… Read more »

magoobee

Very stupid and unfair question to ask a current player. He cant make any better decision than we can because all we are doing is reading the same crap.

If they bring both QBs in and let Verner play against and talk to them, then he could make an educated decision.

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Bucmeister

For the fun of it I propose the following trade: TB trades 1-1 and Gholson (Safety) for Phil 1-20, 2-20, 4-14, and Lane Johnson plus 2016 first and second rounders TB ends up with 1-20,2-2,2-20,3-1,4-10, 4-14,5-26,5-31, 6-8,7-1 and a starting OT plus extra 1 & 2 next year. Phil ends up with 1-1 (Marriota), a starting safety,still have draft picks in rounds 3 thru 7, Foles as trade bait for an extra draft pick. Win-win. Phil gets QB they covet,a starting DB they need and still have multiple draft picks this year. Bucs get 3 quality picks this year, a… Read more »

Horse

We need a QB more than anything else. Who’s better than Winston coming out next year? Pewter Report; be prepared for that question to be asked in the Chat Room.

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Bucmeister

Disagree, we need an OL and a lot of talent. We are talent poor both in starters and depth.

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e

100% in agreement, Horse. We need a QB in the worst way. This is a QB league now. It’s the hardest position to evaluate; so it make sense to find that guy first and the build around him instead of the reverse. I hope Winston is the pick… e

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Uncle Stan

Disagree, as I have done since last spring, and still nothing substantial has be done. No decent OL, no QB can be expected to effective.

How could any QB be expected to accomplish anything with the number of sacks we give up not counting the pressures and hurries.

Glennon can carry us another year while we build 2 decent lines.

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ChuckieWP

We need a QB who is durable and tough enough to withstand the pounding he will take with our current miserable offensive line (very offensive). Take the snap, run like hell, and throw to anyone open or out of bounds will be our offense, if we don’t get some starting-caliber linemen to protect who ever is under center. If we can do that AND keep Mr. Winston out of trouble off the field we will have a good year.

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surferdudes

The Rams got a boat load of picks with the RG111 trade, they pick 10th this year. No why? They don’t have a Q.B.. The consistent winners all have good Q.B. play. When you have the first overall pick, and no quarterback, and ones staring you in the face, you gotta take him. I don’t want to trade down for a bunch of nobodys.

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cremdonado

The talking heads that surround football all say the Rams are a QB away from being a serious contender.This coupled with the possibility they might be the team moving to Los Angeles~they are a franchise looking to make a splash and increase the interest in the team…Bradford isnt gonna heal up and is likely done…They have a ton of picks and I believe they are targeting Mariota since he is a west coast Pac12 guy and is well known in Cali~this could really cement thier plans to move to LA. If they want to give us the farm,maybe we drop… Read more »

Bucmeister

Rams only have 5 picks (1,2,3,5,7 rounds). They don’t have the firepower to move up without hurting themselves long term.

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WiltheBrewer

Surferdudes, you mention that the Rams don’t have a QB…When was Bradford chosen in the draft? I’d love it if the Bucs trade down for picks and give Glennon a shot- ’cause who the F really knows how a single player will pan out?

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cremdonado

Bucmeister – thanks for the info…

Wilthebrewer-Bradford tore his left ACL for the second straight year, meaning the quarterback will have missed nearly two full seasons (31 games) during the length of his rookie contract.-

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cremdonado

Wonder if the deadskins will go MM if he falls to em? I believe the owner have fallen out of love with him,and recent claims he’s their guy is a smokescreen…no way they trade the pick to the Eagles so they can face MM a few times a year…

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surferdudes

I laughed when the Rams picked Bradford, he was a China Doll coming out. Damaged goods before he was even drafted, knew if he couldn’t stay healthy in college, he’d never hold up in the NFL, and he hasn’t. Don’t care where the Rams drafted him, that was there big mistake. Glennon has had his shot. How many games do some of you people have to watch to know he’s not a dynamic talent? The difference between Glennon, and great Q.B. play, is the great ones make average players aruond them play better. Winston has that type of talent, it’s… Read more »

VTBucs

First off let me say I’ll be happy with either QB. But PR where has your un-biased quality reporting gone from years past?? You guys have gone ALL IN on the Winston wagon it seems. I hope your right cause if not, I am seriously thinking of letting my subscription run out. I’ve been a paying PR member for years and became a member because of your quality un-biased reporting.

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compewterpirate

surferdudes – For the simple reason that, statistically, the ‘bust’ rate on 1st round quarterbacks, based upon a study conducted on QB’s drafted in the 1st round between 1998 – 2010 was 58%, as opposed to only a 42% success rate. That is an almost 60%/40% ‘bust’ ratio. This is a bad football team, with multiple positional needs on both sides of the ball, particularly the OL, but also the DL. Given the extraordinary hype surrounding these two quarterbacks, there is a very strong likelihood we could find a trading partner who was wiling to mortgage the bank to secure… Read more »

surferdudes

That’s why you have talent evaluators. The new CBA makes it O.K. to miss on a pick. However if you think the odds of Winston being a bust are that high, you don’t know talent when you see it. The kids been a winner since forever. We are finally on the verge of having a dynamic talent at Q.B., and some of you have no balls to go for it. Play it safe is a losers mentality. I guess the Bucs are a true reflection of their fans, no guts. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please… Read more »

compewterpirate

On the contrary bro, taking Winston is the ‘play it safe’ pick, the popular pick, the pick that takes no balls, as it is a pick guaranteed to appease the fan base and sell season tickets. I fully expect this perennially dysfunctional and incompetent franchise to ‘follow the herd’, you included, by selecting Winston. I also will lay you 2/1 odds that Winston will be a ‘bust’ in the NFL. Sure he’s got talent, any fool can see that, but talent alone won’t cut it in the NFL and certainly not on a team as bad as ours. He’s going… Read more »

surferdudes

Free surf lesson you at home can apply to the draft. First off when paddling for a wave you must paddle hard like you mean to catch it. If not, it will pass you by, and you’ll be stuck in the impact zone where the next wave will attempt to drown you. Catch that wave, you’ll rise to it’s top. This is where it happens. Stare down, and hesitate, you’ll be pitched out, no chance. Go for it, get up quickly, your focus should be down the line,not at the fast approaching bottom. Attach!! don’t be timed. You’ll win more… Read more »

SOXX

Mariota, Tre Jackson and Nelson Agholor and free agent Suh.

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