When the Buccaneers hosted Jameis Winston in early March, the visit caught everyone off guard. The team’s website showed pictures and videos of his tour of the facility as he met with several within the organization.
We heard from general manager Jason Licht following the the visit say how Winston validated everything they had thought of him. But not much was known about how Winston felt the visit went.
Appearing on NFL Network’s Game Changers, Winston said that he felt he opened a lot of eyes at One Buc Place.
“I believe it was an eye-opening process for everyone involved with Tampa Bay,” Winston said. “They thought that it was probably going to be a scripted thing where was going to come in and say some scripted things or tell a story or anything like that. But I just came in as myself and that’s what I plan on being. I plan on being myself — a more mature myself. A better me.”
Winston added that he would love for the Bucs to draft him first overall. However, he did admit he would be disappointed if they did not take him No. 1.
“I wouldn’t be mad but I would be kind of hurt that it’s not Tampa. ‘I’m hometown’ you know? But life goes on.”
Winston’s confidence separates him from others in his class as he has said on several occasions how he should be the first player taken on April 30. He even said after his pro day the Bucs should draft him because he is the best player in the draft.
It’s a confidence the Bucs may lack but a confidence that’ll resonate throughout the locker room.