Buccaneers cornerback Alterraun Verner was on NFL AM this week and when they began talking about the Buccaneers first overall pick, Verner told the reporters he likes the sound of Jameis in a Bucs uniform. Verner says he likes Winston better than Mariota, and that he has watched more of Mariota than Winston, but he likes what he has seen from the young Florida State quarterback.
“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.”