Photos from Jameis Winston's visit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at One Buc Place on March 3, 2015.
Jameis Winston won a national championship at Florida State. Now he's eager to chase another title without leaving the Sunshine State.
Born and raised in Alabama, Winston hopes that Tallahassee proves to be a stepping stone to his next Florida stop: the Tampa Bay area, home of the Buccaneers, who happen to own the first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He was in Tampa on Tuesday, making a pre-draft visit to Buccaneer headquarters and meeting with a wide array of team officials. Winston is widely believed to be on a very short list of players the team is considering with that #1 pick, along with Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.
Clearly, Winston would like to make a good impression during his visit, as he is hoping to be the Buccaneers' selection.
"Being able to play three years in Florida, I would love to stay here in this great state," he said. "I've just got to take advantage of this blessing. It's not really important to me to be the first pick, but it is important to me to be picked. I believe that I have been blessed during my years at Florida State to win a national championship and just be a winning quarterback. And I believe this place – I would love to be here."
Winston didn't come to Tampa to show off his arm; he recently demonstrated his physical skills at the Scouting Combine and will do so again at Florida State's Pro Day. Rather, his Tuesday schedule was dominated by sit-down meetings with a variety of team officials, beginning with a breakfast with Head Coach Lovie Smith and a long conversation with General Manager Jason Licht.
Winston hoped to show those Buccaneer representatives that he could be the type of leader every team wants at the quarterback position.
"I just want them to know that I am human and I'm a great person," he said. "This smile isn't fake. I just want to show them that I can be the face of this franchise one day. Actions speak louder than words."
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