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The Bucs are "leaning toward" linking FSU QB Jameis Winston's off-field "problems" are due to immaturity, according to the MMQB's Peter King.

"And not because he’s a bad guy," King writes. "That leads me to believe he’s the leader in the clubhouse with the draft two months away." From an NFL perspective, there is a big difference. Teams take many prospects off their boards due to questions that they think cannot be answered or fixed. It seems every outlet is linking, or even locking, Winston in at No. 1. Until something is definite, we would not count out Marcus Mariota.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 26 - 2:02 PM

When asked what he would do with the No. 1 pick, NFL Media's Mike Mayock said selecting FSU QB Jameis Winston would scare him a bit.

"I take (Winston) No. 1 from a talent perspective," Mayock begins, which we think is the most important statement. "...But I would have to do more homework off the field because... he was the face of Florida State football, and he continued to make bad decisions off the field." We are guessing Mayock will continue to vet his NFL sources in order to come up with this information, unless he meets with Winston himself. Personality and character are always iffy subjects for us to comment on through second hand perspectives.
Source: ESPN
Feb 24 - 11:28 AM

FSU DT Eddie Goldman "can do it all" and "plays hard," according to an NFL scout.

The scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Goldman is a three-technique at the next level. Goldman, a 6-foot-4, 336-pound monster, posted 62 tackles (12 for loss) and 6 sacks across two seasons as a starter. "He's a powerful, explosive guy," one scout said. "Strong at the point."
Feb 24 - 12:55 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes FSU C Cameron Erving will "likely go in the late first or early second round, and the Colts and Broncos would both make sense."

"If you don't count Scherff as a guard, Erving is the top interior lineman in this class," McShay wrote. "He's showed well on tape, particularly after he moved to center, and his workout matched it Friday. His 9-4 broad jump was better than all the top OT prospects, and his 5.15 40 is really good for his size. He's a really quick and athletic interior lineman in the Matt Birk mold, and he has long arms (34⅛ inches)." McShay's colleague Kevin Weidl recently wrote that he "wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger late [Round] 1" on Erving, and NFL Network's Mike Mayock called Erving a "starting Pro Bowl-quality center."
Feb 23 - 11:32 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that FSU DL Mario Edwards is "still kind of a project."

"Big athletic guy," the scout said. "Just didn't have much production or feel as a rusher. You hope he'd be a better rusher to take him in the first round but he's got size and is athletic." The 6-foot-3, 279-pound Edwards has huge hands at 10 7/8 inches. "Huge D-end but could even bounce inside and rush as a three-technique," another scout said. "Very, very strong upper body. Plays the run extremely well but also can rush the passer."
Feb 23 - 10:48 PM

Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby clocked a 4.38 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine on Monday.

Darby's time was the third-fastest among defensive backs. He was also lauded for his work in combine drills. The 5-foot-11, 188-pound Darby has good size, athleticism and outstanding speed. Some have questioned his toughness, but we see a decent tackler who isn't afraid to get dirty. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Darby can "do it all" and gives him a second round grade.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 10:21 PM

Florida State QB Jameis Winston said over the weekend that he is now a full-time football player and will stop playing baseball.

He was formerly Florida State’s baseball closer. "Right now I am focusing on football," Winston said. "This is the first offseason I’ve ever had where I can focus totally on football. I am loving this, being a quarterback every day … Anything that keeps me busy helps me. I love baseball. I love football. Playing both was the best of both worlds." Winston's two agents, Greg Genske and Kenny Felder, mostly represent baseball players. "I can’t speak on that," Winston said when asked if he'd return to baseball at some point. "It always has been my dream, but I’m just playing football right now." Peter King mentioned why this is an important conversation in his Monday column: "Tampa Bay is not taking Winston number one if he says, 'I’d like to play baseball for three months every year.'"
Source: MMQB
Feb 23 - 8:39 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay grades Florida State QB Jameis Winston as the second-best QB prospect since 2000, behind only Andrew Luck.

Excluding off-field issues, it's hard to argue. Winston is a special prospect, from his prototypical 6-foot-4, 231-pound size to his strong arm to his superb technique to his courage in the pocket to his leadership qualities. He only must answer off-field questions, of which there are many. NFL teams have been attempting to ascertain whether Winston is spectacularly immature -- and will thus grow out of his problematic behavior -- or an inherently bad person destined to take down a franchise. Bucs GM Jason Licht, the owner of the No. 1 pick, knows what's at stake: "This is the most important pick, potentially, in the history of the franchise."
Feb 23 - 3:57 PM

MMQB's Andy Benoit "heard from multiple coaches" at the combine that Florida State QB Jameis Winston's football IQ "is on a Peyton Manning level."

Benoit added that these observations weren't "talking just to [the media], they were talking to [a] table of other coaches." So much disparate information is coming in regarding Winston's character that you can understand why we exclude off-field considerations from our evaluations. For every glowing report like this one -- or coach Bruce Arians calling Winston "a good kid" or of Winston doing "incredibly well" in combine interviews -- there's another like the anonymous NFL scout telling the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Winston is "more likely to be a bust than a good player," wondering how a team could "even let that guy in the building?" Pop psychology aside, Winston is the frontrunner to go No. 1.
Feb 23 - 3:27 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said he "thought the two top guys, (Jameis) Winston and (Marcus) Mariota, were outstanding" on Saturday at the combine.

The top two quarterback prospects both threw on Saturday, drawing wide praise for their performances in front of scouts. "The thing that I like about Jameis Winston is I think he throws an extremely catchable ball," Mayock said. "He's got all the arm strength you want, but he makes it easy for the receiver based on the route. Naturally and innately, he gets it." In the past few days, much has been made of Winston's shoulder and personality, a pair of issues we don't think should affect his evaluation one way or the other.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 1:59 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler "couldn't find one person I trust" in or around the NFL who doesn't believe the Bucs will pick Florida State QB Jameis Winston No. 1 in April.

The Titans are on the clock at No. 2. Buccaneers GM Jason Licht said recently his team was trying to ascertain whether Florida State's Jameis Winston was "a bad person or just an immature person." Licht was the director of player personnel in Arizona when the Cardinals drafted Tyrann Mathieu. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah reported earlier this month that he's hearing most teams believe Winston is immature, as opposed to a bad apple.
Feb 22 - 11:56 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl wrote that he "wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger late [Round] 1" on FSU C Cameron Erving.

"Erving made a smooth transition with awareness and brings rare size and agility for an OC," Weidl added. Erving (6-foot-5 1/2, 313 pounds, with a wingspan of 84 1/8 inches) is the consensus top center in the class, a player NFL Network's Mike Mayock called a "starting Pro Bowl-quality center." On Friday, Erving ran 5.16 seconds in the forty, posted a 10-yard split of 1.84, and had a broad jump of 112 inches (9 feet, 3 inches). Mayock and his colleague Daniel Jeremiah agreed that Erving could go late in the first round.
Feb 22 - 9:19 PM

Florida State QB Jameis Winston throwing arm "condition" is common among baseball pitchers and doesn't concern NFL teams, reports NFL Network's Albert Breer.

Winston's shoulder "weakness" has been this year's most overplayed combine story, followed closely by how charismatic the player is while being interviewed. On the subject of the shoulder, Breer passed along that the condition is "basic wear and tear" that should dissipate when Winston leaves baseball. Doctors at the combine told teams there is "not an issue," and "guys from a number of teams" told Breer they "couldn't find anyone concerned about the shoulder."
Feb 22 - 4:24 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Florida State QB Jameis Winston is "more likely to be a bust than a good player."

"Someone will take him in the first round, but how could you even let that guy in the building?" the scout said. "The second law of thermodynamics basically is the more ways something can happen, the more likely it is to happen. That's true of players. The more ways they can (expletive) up, the more chances they (expletive) up. This guy's got a lot of stuff that would lean him more likely to be a bust than a good player." Though we try not to get into the business of projecting failure due to reports of a player's character -- we simply don't have enough information available to us, which is why Josh Norris doesn't include off-field questions into his evaluations -- but we find ourselves buying more into the scout's argument than media reports from the combine stating Winston is dominating team interviews. Well, of course he is. He's one of the sport's most charismatic players. The question is what he'll do when the cameras aren't around.
Feb 22 - 2:58 PM

Florida State TE Nick O'Leary's 4.93 clocking in the forty was "disappointing," NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said.

Mayock expected the 2014 Mackey Award (the nation's top college tight end) winner to run in the 4.7/4.75 range. "That's significantly slower than I expected," Mayock said of O'Leary's showing. O'Leary measures only 6-foot-3, 252 pounds, and he isn't much of a blocker, so his forty time is problematic to his stock. Fortunately, Mayock calls O'Leary a "natural hands catcher" and a good route runner. The question remains: Can he create separation from NFL defenders?
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 10:36 PM


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