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TFY Insider Tony Pauline reports that "MLB agents have been pursuing" FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "in the hopes of signing him as a client."

"The recent news stating Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is likely to enter the draft should come as no surprise to anyone as this was expected to be his last season with the Noles. What is surprising are reports which have MLB agents pursuing Winston in the hopes of signing him as a client," Pauline writes. Pauline notes that, Winston "is a legitimate baseball prospect as a relief pitcher" and according to league insiders, "Winston could be using his baseball opportunities to leverage where he will play in the NFL" or an instance where he "chooses baseball over the NFL."
Oct 24 - 3:53 PM

The Orlando Sentinel's Brandon Sonnone reports that FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "has struggled to match the same level efficiency from last year."

"After losing key targets like Kelvin Benjamin – a first-round draft pick – and Kenny Shaw, the FSU quarterback has struggled to match the same level efficiency from last year," Sonnone writes. Aside from being "less efficient," Sonnone believes that a "different offensive philosophy" could be a reason for the dip in Winston's production. Last season, the Seminoles threw the ball 46.6 percent of the time. This season, Florida State has thrown the ball 53.7 percent of the time. Sonnone believes "this philosophical difference is bound to impact Winston’s numbers" and the Seminoles are not running the ball with as much consistency" in 2014.
Oct 23 - 3:03 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper admitted to dropping FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "a little too far" following his suspension for saying an obscene statement in the student union.

Kiper dropped Winston to No. 25 overall after ranking him at No. 1 to open the season. Winston then jumped to No. 16 and now sits at No. 14. The first drop was "based on a lot of initial feedback regarding his suspension earlier in the season," Kiper writes, adding the quarterback "needs time to prove doubters wrong." This story line will continue throughout the draft process, so buckle up.
Source: ESPN
Oct 22 - 12:33 PM

Florida State senior TE Nick O'Leary "lacks the bulk and brawn to regularly hold up as an in-line blocker at the next level, despite his aggressiveness and tenacity," according to ESPN's Steve Muench.

"He'll need to move around and match up with linebackers to be an effective blocker in the NFL," Muench wrote. "But teams that need help in the passing game should be able to overlook his deficiencies as a blocker." O'Leary, the grandson of golf legend Jack Nichlaus, was a John Mackey Award semifinalist last year after catching 33 passes for 557 yards and seven touchdowns. "Most tight ends lack the raw explosiveness to separate from athletic linebackers and safeties," Muench wrote. "But O'Leary moves well enough to challenge linebackers underneath, and in addition to throwing his weight around, he does a nice job of setting up his break working against defensive backs. His ability to locate and exploit seams in zone looks is also noteworthy. He's a natural pass-catcher who can adjust to passes thrown outside his frame and absorb contact without dropping the ball, despite having smaller hands."
Oct 21 - 7:24 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "is a natural and that's why he's a candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick despite the off-field distractions."

"Against Notre Dame's aggressive defensive gameplan, he showed anticipation, instincts and chemistry with his targets that seem to come easy to him. Simply put, Winston is a natural and that's why he's a candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick despite the off-field distractions. He's that good," Brugler wrote. Winston completed 23-of-31 attempts for 273 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the come-from-behind victory over Notre Dame. Brugler adds that Winston "showed the world (again) that in the face of adversity he is in his element on the football field."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 21 - 2:26 PM

FSU senior WR Rashad Greene caught all eight of his targets in Saturday's victory over Notre Dame, according to Pro Football Focus.

Greene caught hauled in eight passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in the win, marking his fifth 100-yard game of the year. "Though he popped up on both sides of the field to make catches, Greene did most of his work down the middle collecting 79 yards on four catches between the numbers more than 10 yards downfield," wrote Ben Stockwell. The site graded Greene out as a +1.7 in the contest.
Oct 20 - 6:42 PM

Florida State sophomore CB Jalen Ramsey was outstanding in the passing game during Saturday's victory over Notre Dame, according to Pro Football Focus.

Ramsey had a +1.3 game score despite suffering on run defense, posting a -1.3 score. "Ramsey was ever present in the passing game, making his mark both in coverage and as a pass rusher," wrote Ben Stockwell. "Involved in the coverage bust for Corey Robinson’s second touchdown, Ramsey also got his hands to three passes breaking up one intended for C.J. Prosise and snagging two batted passes on his 13 blitzes." Ramsey was a terror on blitzes, accruing three QB hurries. The 6-foot-1, 204-pounder has a 25-foot outdoor long jump and his indoor jump of 7.59m ranked No. 2 nationally amongst NCAA Division I football players.
Oct 20 - 6:26 PM

Outside of an interception early in the second quarter, Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston was outstanding in Saturday's win against Notre Dame, according to Pro Football Focus.

The site gave Winston a +2.3 game score. "Winston led the Seminoles back to yet another win not allowing that misjudgment to snowball into further mistakes," wrote Ben Stockwell. "There was nothing magic from Winston here but after that play he turned in a game with very few misses, managing Florida State down the field exploiting the holes that the Fighting Irish defense gave him." Winston went 10-of-12 for 163 yards and a touchdown on intermediate throws outside of his ill-advised interception.
Oct 20 - 5:38 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks has "no doubt" in his mind that Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "is the top quarterback in the potential 2015 QB class."

"For all of the negative attention that Florida State QB Jameis Winston's off-field behavior has attracted this season, there is no doubt in my mind that he is the top quarterback in the potential 2015 QB class," Brooks writes. Brooks adds that, "while most prospects would crack under the intense scrutiny and pressure that Winston has endured over the past year (most of which has been self-inflicted through his own actions), he has continued to thrive on the biggest and brightest stages when his team needed him the most." The FSU prospect's "resiliency, toughness and composure" facing his current adversity suggests "that he won't wilt under the pressure of the pro game and will find a way to succeed when things inevitably go wrong as a franchise player," according to Brooks.
Oct 20 - 4:51 PM

Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "to show he is a natural and has what it takes to be a No. 1 overall draft pick" on Saturday against Notre Dame, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Winston completed 23-of-31 attempts for 273 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the come-from-behind victory. "Winston showed off his anticipation all night, delivering strikes before his receivers were out of their breaks or even looking for the ball," Brugler wrote. "He handled pressure well, evading, resetting and speeding up his process when needed, listening to his internal clock. Winston showed a lot of trust and chemistry with his weapons and his confidence clearly extends to his teammates in the huddle. His elongated delivery is something that allows defenders an extra split second to break on the pass, but Winston was able to get away with it because of his NFL-level arm strength."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 19 - 9:09 PM

It is "virtually certain" FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston will declare for the 2015 NFL Draft "no matter what happens in the second half of the season," according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

La Canfora adds there is no consideration for Winston to drop out of FSU to avoid legal inquiries and head coach Jimbo Fisher has been pressured by others to suspend Winston for more game action, but he has refused. "There is no upside in waiting to go the NFL now, after all of this," one source told La Canfora. Winston took out an insurance policy prior to the season, which many concluded as 2014 being his last season at FSU. Winston and his father have previously stated Jameis' goal is to get his degree, and that would not be immediately possible if Winston leaves following this season.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 19 - 10:51 AM

FSU senior WR Rashad Greene caught eight passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in the school's

Jameis Winston trusts Greene so much, and it is easy to see why. Greene is winning from the outside and inside, and quick breaking routes and long developing routes. He might not possess first-round size or athleticism, but Greene is a top-50 talent and will produce in the NFL.
Oct 19 - 10:25 AM

FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston completed 23 of 31 attempts for 273 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the school's 31-27 win over Notre Dame.

Winston dominated the second half, completing 15 of 16 attempts. It was not in a clean pocket either, as Winston frequently had to fire in the face of a free rusher or move to find workable space. It was a great quarterback duel, but there were plenty of other pieces that played at a high level too. FSU would have to play down to their competition to stumble before the College Football Playoff.
Oct 18 - 11:52 PM

QB guru George Whitfield believes FSU redshirt sophomore Jameis Winston's football IQ is in the same tier as Andrew Luck.

Whitfield has worked with both passers, so obviously he would not say anything negative about Winston outside of critiquing one of his plays. Winston has more success inside the pocket in terms of eye level and working through progressions than any other passer in college football. We think this statement actually has merit. We focus on judging a player by things we see on the field, and for how often Winston is called a "moron" or "dumb," he is certainly not one when playing the game.
Oct 18 - 10:36 AM

Florida State's athletic department compliance staff is reviewing the reported authenticated signatures of redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston, but says it hasn't yet found evidence that he accepted payment.

More than 2,000 authenticated Winston autographs have been found on the James Spence Authentication website. "At this time we have no information indicating that he accepted payment for items reported to bear his signature, thereby compromising his athletics eligibility," an FSU statement said. "The fact that items appear on an Internet site bearing the signature of a student-athlete does not singularly determine a violation of NCAA rules." While Winston has signed many items for free in public, JSA's website features more than 50 signed jerseys, photos and mini-helmets that were sequentially numbered, prompting many to speculate they were done at an organized event. Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher has said Winston has denied getting paid for his signature. Georgia's Todd Gurley was publicly alleged to have been paid, while nobody has yet stepped forward to accuse Winston of accepting cash.
Oct 17 - 7:53 PM

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