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