Jameis Winston Declares For 2015 NFL Draft
Jameis Winston was supposed to take another week to “seriously consider” staying on as Florida State’s starting quarterback. He’s reportedly already made his decision.
Per Winston’s father, the Seminoles’ quarterback will declare for the 2015 NFL Draft and forgo his final two years of college football eligibility. Winston has numerous character concerns and some minor flaws, but is widely expected to enter the draft process as one of the top passing prospects.
Winston reportedly was battling whether to stay or not, and his indecisiveness could have possibly had more to do with a bitter loss to Oregon less than a week ago. Logic clearly prevailed in the end, however, as Winston would have likely been bypassing a clear shot at being a top-five pick in the first round, as well as a guaranteed pro salary.
Winston leaves the chase of another national college football title and even another Heisman Trophy on the table, but it’s a small sacrifice to have a chance at a promising pro career.
The next question is just how good will Winston be at the next level, and who will take him? At just 22 years old, Winston has the size (6’4″, 22b lbs), arm and athleticism to be a true sensation and should be in consideration early as a top-five pick. Some would even declare Winston as the best pure passing prospect of the entire 2015 class, which could put him ahead of Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Baylor’s Bryce Petty.
While that’s debatable, what’s not up for debate is Winston’s sheer upside. He has striking similarities to Carolina Panthers star quarterback Cam Newton – both on and off the field.
That could make Winston a question mark to many, but he has the kind of talent GM’s don’t pass on just because they think there might be some risk involved. Blessed with all of the physical ability needed to turn into a franchise quarterback, Winston will be one of the hottest draft topics for the next four months.
Where Winston goes is the other huge question, and it’s really anyone’s guess. The Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns are three teams that already invested in some young talent under center, but if they have a shot at Winston via trade or Winston sliding in the draft, all three will certainly have to re-think all of their options.
The New York Jets are clearly a leading candidate with the fourth pick in the draft, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (top pick) obviously are in the mix, as well. Other teams with uneasiness at the position like the Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills and St. Louis Rams (among others) could also emerge as potential suitors in the draft.
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