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Jameis Winston | Quarterback

Team: Florida State Seminoles
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 230

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Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay ranks FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston as the nation's No. 1 prospect.
"A product of both special instincts for the position and good training, Winston's natural gifts are clear -- size, arm strength, athleticism -- but so is the ability to manipulate the pocket, see pressure early and deliver the ball to the right target," McShay writes. We could not have said it better ourselves. His eye level while pressured is what makes Winston so special. For the record, McShay ranks Marcus Mariota as the No. 2 overall prospect. Aug 28 - 2:37 PM
Source: ESPN

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FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston enters the season as Bovada's favorite to win the 2014 Heisman Trophy.

Winston was the early favorite, and the betting market never moved against him in favor of Marcus Mariota or Brett Hundley. Winston, of course, won the Heisman last season by setting NCAA freshman records with 40 touchdown throws and 4,057 passing yards. The Florida State quarterback is listed at 9/2 after opening as a 2/1 favorite. Ohio State QB Braxton Miller, the 2013 preseason favorite, is out for the season with a shoulder injury. Oregon's Mariota is 5/1, UCLA's Hundley is 10/1, Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon is 12/1, as is Baylor’s Bryce Petty and Auburn's Nick Marshall. Rounding out the top 11 are Todd Gurley, Trevor Knight, Everett Golson, Derrick Henry and T.J. Yeldon.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 27 - 4:41 PM revealed that Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston was voted as college football's best players by its draft analysts.

Winston won the Heisman Trophy by setting NCAA freshman records with 40 touchdown throws and 4,057 passing yards last season. "He has excellent arm strength and sneaky athleticism," Daniel Jeremiah said. Winston received four first-place, two second-place, and a sixth-place vote from the site's panel of seven judges. "He has only scratched the surface of his immense potential. Winston could be the first back-to-back Heisman winner since Archie Griffin," Bucky Brooks said. Added legendary evaluator Gil Brandt: "Rare athletic ability, very good decision-maker."
Aug 26 - 3:58 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang ranks Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston as the No. 5 overall prospect for the 2015 draft.

Rang lists Winston behind QB Marcus Mariota, OT Cedric Ogbuehi, DL Leonard Williams and DE Randy Gregory. "Boasting the build, touch and on-field composure of an NFL pro already, Winston looks every bit the part of a top five selection," Rang wrote. "He doesn't come without questions, however, including well-documented off-field issues, as well as a slower-than-ideal release and questions from some scouts as to how much he's aided by the spectacular supporting cast around him." Bovada lists Winston as the favorite to repeat as Heisman Trophy winner.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 25 - 9:44 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay gives Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston a 94 grade, one point behind No. 1 overall prospect Marcus Mariota.

The competition between Mariota and Winston for the No. 1 pick in the spring (assuming both leave school early) will be fascinating to watch. Mariota enters the season as the slight favorite, mostly due to Winston's off-field transgressions. "[Winston] has a prototypical frame for the position and excellent arm strength, with the ability to drive the ball downfield and deliver the deep outs with very good velocity," McShay wrote. "His accuracy is inconsistent, as he misses within the strike zone too much on short-to-intermediate passes and sails some deep balls, but he has the potential to get better with improved mechanics. His decision-making is a bit inconsistent as well, but he shows good anticipation and the ability to beat blitzes and handle pressure. He has good pocket mobility and can make defenders miss and break a few tackles, although he doesn't project as a big-time NFL running threat."
Aug 23 - 11:35 PM

Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston is "an exciting quarterback prospect in the mold of Robert Griffin Jr.," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"There’s so much to like about his game on film," the expert wrote. "His physical skills, decision making and mental grasp of leading an offense is truly the stuff of top five selections. Winston is patient in the pocket, surveys the field and consistently turns away from covered targets. He’s a danger throwing the ball or running with it and the way he kept improving last season, his year first as a starter, was impressive. Yes he needs polish, especially with many of his shorter throws and then there’s the off the field issues. Is Winston just an immature kid who needs to grow up or are his transgressions the result of a personality order? That’s for NFL decision makers to investigate but I really hope its the former as he’s an exciting quarterback prospect in the mold of Robert Griffin Jr." Winston is Bovada's favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. Pauline sees the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder as the ACC's top prospect.
Aug 17 - 6:35 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "has work to do correcting mechanical issues" on the field.

"He jumped over some incredible hurdles in his first year as the starter, but in 2014, can he steer clear of off-field issues that have plagued his young career? On the field, he has work to do correcting mechanical issues," Davis wrote. While extremely talented, Davis notes there are times when Winston is "long in his throwing motion and he'll need to speed that up, while also shoring up his footwork." This season, the Heisman trophy winning QB has made it a point to shorten his delivery.
Aug 7 - 5:57 PM

Bovada still lists FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston as the favorite to win the 2014 Heisman Trophy.

The Florida State quarterback is listed at 9/2. Six months ago, in early January, the website opened Winston as a 2/1 favorite. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota has gone from 7/2 to 6/1 and Ohio State QB Braxton Miller, the 2013 preseason favorite, dropped from 4/1 to 15/2. Rounding out the top five are Baylor’s Bryce Petty (12/1, from 6/1) and UCLA’s Brett Hundley (14/1, from 12/1).
Aug 5 - 4:21 PM's Bucky Brooks believes Joe Flacco is a better comparison for FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston rather than Cam Newton, who Winston compared himself to.

Winston's "game closely resembles the former Super Bowl MVP's play in the pocket," Brooks begins. "From the A-plus arm talent and long delivery to his footwork and sneaky athleticism, it's easy to see Winston developing like Flacco as a pro." We believe Winston's arm is a bit overrated when discussing velocity (i.e. A-plus), but his best traits by far are eye level and pocket awareness. Winston is working to shorten his delivery this season.
Jul 23 - 9:54 AM

FSU HC Jimbo Fisher called redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston's offseason crab legs incident an "honest mistake."

"There was no malice involved. It was an honest mistake because when you go back and look at it, after he leaves, he's actually ordering wings from a local wing place two doors down," Fisher explained. "You're not trying to be (malicious) when you walk out beside a sheriff carrying the crab legs in your hand. You're not trying to hide it." Winston has recently repeated what Fisher told him after the incident, stating that to be a man, the kid must die in you.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 22 - 11:40 AM

FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston acknowledged criticism with his throwing motion and is working to shorten it.

"This year I will be holding the ball higher so I won't be so elongated," Winston said. Some reporters noted the quarterback said his baseball career likely factors into his delivery. "Winston said he's worked on limiting off-balance throws -- in other words, not as much reliance on arm strength, but total body throws," CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler tweeted. Many are focused on Winston's throwing motion in regards to time, saying a defensive back could get a beat on his passes and defend them. While that might be true, the bigger change could come in the form of improved placement. Winston is by no means inaccurate, but many of his receivers adjusted to passes to come down with difficult catches.
Jul 21 - 10:52 AM

FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston told reporters he got up to 252 lbs following last year's awards circuit and has since dropped 20 lbs.

As for next year's offseason? "Only salads," Winston told Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman. Every single one of Winston's steps will be critiqued and criticized, but we are not worried about this development. Winston stayed busy during the offseason as a member of FSU's bullpen. He is not an overly mobile quarterback outside of the pocket, and has plenty of awareness combined with great eye level to evade rushers between the tackles.
Jul 21 - 10:14 AM

FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston said he doesn't think student athletes should be paid.

"We’re blessed to get a free education… and that’s enough for me," the quarterback said during the ACC Media Days. We wonder if he'd think the same if he didn't know an enormous, multi-upon-multi-million dollar football contract could be his as soon as this spring, with a professional baseball career as a fallback option if he were to suffer a catastrophic injury. In any case, Winston's father wants his son to stay in school for two more seasons.
Jul 20 - 9:20 PM

At the Manning Passing Academy, FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston told that he considers himself a student first and athlete second.

"I think that's the main purpose in college. Some athletes lose that perspective," Winston added. "It's about being a student-athlete, and not just getting that easy money and going to the league." Winston's father recently told reporters as much, saying his son plans on participating in at least one more season of baseball and two more on the football field. Obviously this can change, but the family seems to be on a similar page at the moment.
Jul 12 - 5:57 PM

40 college QBs and one WR are scheduled to attend the Manning Passing Academy as counselors.

The event runs from Thursday until Sunday, and many eyes will be on the events and drills the counselors participate in. Thanks to Johnny Manziel's exit last year, many will also be interested to see if all 41 stay the duration of the program. FSU's Jameis Winston and Oregon's Marcus Mariota headline the group. The full list can be found in the link below.
Jul 10 - 2:41 PM