Sometimes too much is made by the performances of prospects during bowl season, as if that one game means more than any in the regular season. But bowl games present a unique opportunity to evaluate prospects in an unfamiliar setting against a formidable opponent.
While most of the conference championships turned into blowouts, Georgia Tech gave Winston and the Seminoles quite a scare. Proving yet again that he has rare on-field poise, Winston guided Florida State to the win. He did, however, get some noteworthy help, including from fellow projected first round pick, cornerback P.J. Williams.
As expected, Jameis Winston and Duke Johnson provided many of the highlights but with NFL talent all over the field Saturday night, scouts couldn't focus solely on the skill positions. In fact, from a scouting perspective, the most important performance may have been turned in by versatile FSU lineman Cameron Erving, a potential top 50 pick this spring.
The defending Heisman Trophy winner threw two interceptions in a surprisingly tough season-opening win against Oklahoma State. Here's why scouts won't be worried by his showing (and which breakout star for the Cowboys they'll be eager to see more of this fall).
While star quarterback Jameis Winston is without a doubt one of the best players in college football, his talented supporting cast is a direct result of the recruiting success of Florida State, particularly during the 2011 cycle.