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2017 NFL DRAFT

Jameis Winston, QB

School: Florida State  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Sophomore  |  Hometown: Bessemer, AL
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 231 lbs.
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211

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Player Overview

Winston's redshirt freshman season saw him earn ACC Player of the Year, ACC Rookie of the Year and consensus All-American honors, as well as set national freshman records for passing yards (4,057) and passing TDs (40). And oh - he also won the Heisman Trophy. Had he been eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft, he - not Marcus Mariota or JaDaveon Clowney - might very well have been the No. 1 overall pick.

Aside from the unprecedented statistical accomplishments, what may have been most impressive about Winston in his first year as the Seminoles signal-caller was his rare display of poise, confidence and ability to finish games through moments of extreme adversity in big-game settings against some of the nation's best teams, despite his lack of experience coming into the season.

Never was this more apparent than when he led the Seminoles to a comeback victory in an edge-of-your-seat back-and-forth BCS Championship Game against Auburn, earning offensive MVP honors and a national championship trophy.

Put simply, Winston wasn't as productive in the passing department a year later. His completion percentage and touchdowns dropped while his interceptions rose dramatically. A year after tossing 40 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions, his numbers dipped to a relatively pedestrian 25 scores and 18 turnovers. In a historic Rose Bowl showdown with the "other" top quarterback in the country, Winston and the Seminoles fumbled away their opportunity to repeat as champions, losing to Mariota's Oregon Ducks.

Despite the disappointing second season, Winston elected to leave Florida State early for the NFL. It isn't difficult to understand why. From a pure talent perspective, he's the most gifted quarterback in the class, boasting the size, arm strength, accuracy, anticipation and poise on the field scouts are looking for in a franchise quarterback.

Off the field, however, is another story.

Winston's off-field issues would dominate the 2014 offseason, beginning with the continued fallout of a sexual assault investigation and shoplifting crab legs from a Tallahassee-area grocery store.

He was then suspended for the Clemson game following an incident at the student union in which Winston stood on a table and yelled a vulgarity. There was also an investigation in whether he was paid for an autograph session.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Possesses all the natural physical tools you look for in today's NFL. He's big, athletic, has a strong arm and moves well inside the pocket. As for the intangibles, the list includes poise, anticipation, toughness, vision, leadership and a competitive fire.

He's the total package, physically. When on his game, Winston delivers strikes before his receivers are out of their breaks or even looking for the ball. He handles pressure well, evading, resetting and speeding up his process when needed, listening to his internal clock. Generally makes excellent decisions with the ball, showing the ability to pepper well-thrown short and intermediate routes as well as driving strikes down the alleys.

Shows nice touch on traditional deep balls as well as inside the red zone. While Winston struggled during the first half of several games in 2014, he regularly impressed with his ability to make adjustments and rally the Seminoles from behind, making clutch throws with the game on the line.

WEAKNESSES: Where he's causing scouts to question his pro-readiness is off the field where a series of questionable incidents have raised concerns his maturity and character, including a sexual assault charge, shoplifting and using vulgar language in the student union. Some teams may take Winston off their boards entirely.

Some scouts also believe he needs to quicken and shorten his delivery in order to be consistently successful at the next level, as he tends to wind up when he throws, lacking the quick release NFL teams desire. He has NFL arm strength, so the elongated delivery was not a big issue at the college level.

Winston still has a tendency to stare down his targets and will make poor decisions with the ball down the field when hemmed between the tackles and forced to get rid of the ball under pressure. At times, he'll backpedal and throw while off-balance, rather than stepping into his throws, negating his natural throwing power.

He has proven especially vulnerable to underneath defenders dropping in front of his intended targets - a significant issue given the frequency of zone-blitzes in the NFL as compared to college.

IN OUR VIEW: On the field, Winston is a natural. He has the requisite physical skills with his size, arm strength and athleticism along with the mental process as a passer to pick apart defenses. His anticipation, instincts and chemistry with his targets come easy to him and it's something that scouts search for within quarterback prospects.

Simply put, Winston has a rare skill-set and that's why he has the makings of a top 10 selection or even No. 1 overall pick.

However, his string of immature actions off the field will continue to be a hot topic among NFL decision makers. Winston also had several slow starts and games with multiple interceptions in 2014, although he also showed the ability to consistently rally his team from behind and make plays in the clutch.

COMPARES TO: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh - Like Big Ben, Winston has all of the attributes to become an NFL star and champion, including the size, strength, poise and arm talent. Both have a tendency to hold the ball too long, putting undue pressure on their offensive line in an attempt to make the big play. Both also, unfortunately, have proven vulnerable to poor choices off the field, as well.

--Rob Rang/Dane Brugler

 
 
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05/05/2015 - As a red-shirt freshman, Winston won the Heisman Trophy and a national championship. Even amid several investigations into Kinsman's allegations and a suspension last season, he led the Seminoles to the Rose Bowl where they lost to Mariota and Oregon in the national semi-final. But that's nothing like the expectations he will face as the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL. "There are big expectations," Licht said. "That's one of the things about Jameis that set him apart. He can play under some pressure now. And he plays best in the clutch. You can see that on film, you can see that in games. The more pressure the better he plays. That's a microcosm of what he's going to be under here. And he knows he's going to be under a lot of pressure." - The Sports Xchange
 

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