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Jameis Winston | Quarterback

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

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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes "it will be much tougher for Houston to pass on a quarterback in the first round of next year's draft if" Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston is on the board at the No.7.
"Head coach Bill O'Brien can't be overly excited about his current quarterback situation and with several talented passers projected to be in the 2015 class, including Winston, it will be much tougher for Houston to pass on a quarterback in the first round of next year's draft," Brugler wrote. During last years draft the Texans passed on a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick and drafted Tom Savage with their 135th pick in the fourth round. Sep 15 - 3:55 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston's "talent is undeniable but to earn a high selection in the NFL Draft, he'll need to answer serious questions about his behavior off the field."

If the FSU prospect can keep a low profile following a pair of highly-publicized off-the-field issues involving theft and a sexual assault allegation, he could hear his name called in the top 5, however, he'll have to realize there's a certain behavioral expectation that comes with being a first round NFL prospect.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 11 - 4:03 PM

Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston completed 22-of-27 passes for 256 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions in Saturday's win against The Citadel.

The bigger news from this game was the claim of a Citadel offensive lineman that his position group were intentionally "going for the knees" against Florida State, costing the Seminoles three defensive lineman to injury. Luckily, Citadel defenders weren't targeting FSU's skill players as well. As for Winston, he was essentially flawless in leading the Seminoles to a school-record 18th consecutive win. The reigning Heisman winner was pulled from the game with a 34-0 lead.
Sep 8 - 4:53 PM

The Citadel OG Victor Hill wrote in an online post that he and his fellow offensive lineman were intentionally "going for the knees" against Florida State on Saturday.

The Seminoles lost three defensive linemen to injury -- Eddie Goldman, Nile Lawrence-Stample and Justin Shanks -- in a 37-12 victory, so you can guess how well Hill's proclamation went over. "I played in the game last night and also contributed to the injury list and that was just the mindset going into the game," Hill wrote. "Me and my offensive line brothers preached to each other all week that we would be going for knees from the first play to the last play with the A-backs included. We saw it as if they [won't] respect us for blocking them then we'll make them respect us for cutting them!" Bulldogs coach Mike Houston condemned the sentiment: "In no way does one person's words reflect the philosophy and mindset of our program, players and coaches," he said in a statement. Hill has since apologized: "I am both embarrassed and ashamed of my comments. They reflect in no way, shape or form how I am taught or coached to perform."
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 7 - 9:07 PM

Florida State has restarted its Title IX investigation into sexual assault allegations made against redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston.

John Clune, an attorney for the accuser, confirmed that the school restarted its investigation by speaking with his client. "Clune said the lengthy interview with his client gave FSU more information than it previously had from the Tallahassee police department investigation," USA Today wrote. Because of that meeting, the accuser’s legal team "expect[s] that there will be code of conduct charges that will be brought" against Winston. Added Clune: "There’s no basis not to bring those charges now." Title IX investigations should be shorter than 60 days, mandates the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. If Winston is found guilty, he faces a wide range of punishment outcomes ranging from a verbal slap on the wrist to an expulsion. It's not yet known if FSU has interviewed Winston since re-opening the investigation. Winston and his attorney have not yet publicly commented on the report.
Sep 4 - 5:17 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston must get back to playing loose.

"One of the things that set Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston apart last year was that he played with such joy," Davis wrote. "He played loose, fast, easy and with confidence. Nothing seemed to tighten him up at all, even though he was only a redshirt freshman." The analyst thinks Winston seized up in Saturday's win over Oklahoma State (25-of-39 passes for 370 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions). "I thought he played tight," Davis wrote. "He forced a few throws. I didn't see the same ease that he had last year." Davis isn't concerned, however, concluding: "He'll get comfortable again -- playing like he did on Saturday is just not him. Improvement in the areas where he needs to grow might eventually show. But if that's the worst we see of him this year, then the Seminoles are in good shape. It's probably a good thing for FSU that it struggled a bit."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 3 - 9:17 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston No. 1 on his big board.

"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," Kiper wrote. "Winston does have areas to improve, however, with consistent ball placement a notable one. His off-field decision-making will be scrutinized as well, and that will certainly factor into his draft status when he declares, which might not be in 2015." Winston completed 25-of-39 passes for 370 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions in Saturday's win over Oklahoma State. CBS Sports' Rob Rang thinks it will take Winston some time to adjust to the loss of star WR Kelvin Benjamin.
Sep 1 - 4:50 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston's "interceptions look worse on paper than they did in reality."

"Though Winston was far from perfect in this contest, his interceptions look worse on paper than they did in reality. Upon closer inspection, each was thrown into single coverage and required terrific plays by Oklahoma State's defenders to even get their hands on the ball, much less intercept it," Rang wrote. On Saturday, Winston completed 25 of 39 passes for 370 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions. Winston also had an amazing rushing touchdown, showing amazing athletic ability for the quarterback position. Rang adds that Winston looks more like "a young quarterback adjusting to the loss of star receiver Kelvin Benjamin, than a player panicking under pressure."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 1 - 10:31 AM

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.
Source: ESPN
Aug 28 - 2:37 PM

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

NFL.com 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."
Source: NFL.com
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.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 7 - 5:57 PM