Pretty much everybody in the NFL agrees that Jameis Winston has the talent to make it as a quarterback in the pros.
Indeed, many expect the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to select the former Florida State Seminoles man with the first overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.
There are though a number of off-field issues preventing Winston from being a dead-cert in that spot. In a video released today, the young QB made an effort to explain one of the most controversial of these red flags.
The incident in question is the 2014 shoplifting citation Jameis Winston picked up for taking crabs legs from a Publix store. The 'theft' was big news at the time with video of Winston walking out the store doing the rounds across the sports talk shows.
Now Winston, speaking to former 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh in an episode of ESPN's 'Draft Academy', claims that, rather than stealing the crabs legs, he walked out without paying because of an agreement in place.
The revelation marks a shift from the original story FSU and Winston went with at the time - Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher saying the QB had been distracted when leaving the store.
In light of Winston's own account of the event it makes sense that they would have stuck to the immature mistake line. Being given the food for free makes would likely have fallen under an NCAA violation.
With a 26-1 college record, a Heisman trophy, 65 passing touchdowns to his name and a physique suited to the NFL Jameis Winston hasn't had to do a lot of convincing to league scouts that he is capable of playing the game at the top level.
With the shoplifting only being one misdemeanour on his resume though - there is his childish canteen antics as well as a rape allegation (charges were never brought against him) and pending lawsuit - you just know that interested teams won't have let him off so lightly when it came to one-on-one interviews.
The clip showing Harbaugh and university of Michigan QB coach Jedd Fisch grilling Winston is, therefore, an interesting insight into how various visits might have gone for the hyped QB prospect.
What do you think NFL fans? Is Jameis Winston worthy of the hype, or will he be another Draft bust? Have your say in the comments section below...
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