Quarterbacks come at a premium in the NFL these days; the pro game is centered on the passing game and few teams can have success without good QB play (case in point, Tampa Bay last week.)
So you would expect that last year’s Heisman Trophy winner and arguably one of the best college QBs in the NCAA would get ready for his time in the NFL right?
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If you said yes you definitely didn’t talk to the many NFL scouts who say they wouldn’t mind seeing Jameis Winston stay in college. This comes after Winston was suspended for Florida State’s game against Clemson this past weekend.
But unfortunately this is not the only thing that is stacking against the 20-year-old.
A Tainted College Career At FSU
For all that Winston brings on the field as an exciting and talented Quarterback, he has found ways to bring attention to what he does off the field. This started with Jameis being stopped at gunpoint by police after getting into a BB gun fight with his teammate Chris Casher in November 2012.
Then, only a month after this incident, there was the accusation of sexual assault involving a female student at FSU. Winston was not charged in that case, but that too raised eyebrows about his character. Following those accusations, he was caught shoplifting not once but twice earlier this year.
He was officially cited for stealing crab legs from a local grocery store and accused of stealing soda from a Burger King. These off the field issues then continued with Jameis jumping on a table, shouting an obscene phrase while on College grounds which resulted in his suspension.
Winston is scaring NFL scouts with his maturity level and the number of instances in which he has misbehaved or acted unprofessionally.
One scout was quoted as saying, “"I'm not sure he's at a toxic level yet, but he's starting to get there," another added. "He's a big-a__ immature kid. I think he needs to stay another year and prove that he can keep himself clean. Maybe even two more years.”
For Winston, it may just be best for him to take a step back after this season and return to school.
The Good Stuff When It Comes To Jameis
While Jameis Winston may be questionable off the field, he is dynamite on the field. Nearly every draft projection for next year has him pegged as either the number one or two quarterback in all of College Football.
And it is very likely that he would be graded and drafted as a top five pick because in all fairness, he is as a player. What will definitely influence decisions to draft him at the top of the first round will be his character and if he can be “The Franchise Guy.”
While it will probably be extremely difficult to turn down the paycheck, Winston could cement his draft stock if he were to return to FSU and stay out of trouble for a season. Doing this would make him appear as “that guy” like Andrew Luck and RGIII did back in the 2012 draft and how Oregon’s Marcus Mariota looks to most teams heading into 2015.
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