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Jameis Winston likes Connor Cook, Noah Spence in draft

"I'm anxious to see who's going to pick him up,'' Jameis Winston says of Michigan State QB Connor Cook, pictured. "He's definitely a guy I would have thought would be ranked higher than he is now."

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"I'm anxious to see who's going to pick him up,'' Jameis Winston says of Michigan State QB Connor Cook, pictured. "He's definitely a guy I would have thought would be ranked higher than he is now."

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A year ago, Jameis Winston was preparing to be the No. 1 overall pick with the Bucs, and as another NFL draft looms Thursday night, Winston mentioned two players beyond his old FSU teammates that he's spent time with and pulling for in the draft.

"I worked with (Michigan State's) Connor Cook, out there with (QB guru) George Whitfield," Winston said after a walkthrough practice Wednesday morning. "I'm anxious to see who's going to pick him up. He's definitely a guy I would have thought would be ranked higher than he is now."

Another prospect who's visited the Bucs during the draft process is former Ohio State and Eastern Kentucky defensive end Noah Spence, who Winston played with in an all-star showcase game four years ago.

"I'm very good friends with Noah Spence," Winston said of the potential first-round pick who could fall to the Bucs at No. 39 in the second round. "He played in the Under Armour All-America game coming out of high school. When he came in town (for a top-30 predraft visit), he said he was talking to the coaches and stuff. I was happy for him."

Winston said he didn't do much lobbying for Spence to the Bucs: "I can't really do much. At the end of the day, my opinion really doesn't matter. Our guys upstairs are going to do a good job."

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 2:48pm]

    

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