It should come as no surprise, but Florida State redshirt sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston is expected to enter the 2015 NFL Draft. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that "it has a become a certainty" that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner will go pro after the season.
Winston is currently being investigated for an alleged sexual assault in 2012, for which he was never charged, and whether or not he sold autographs. The report also says that Winston won’t drop out of FSU. According to La Canfora, Winston has "an adversarial relationship" with members of the university, not including Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher.
Last week, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported that Winston is falling on draft boards because of those off-field issues. Some general managers told Glazer that they’re deciding whether or not they’d even want Winston on their team. In other words, not on their draft boards at all.
If Winston doesn’t get in trouble before the draft, he should be a high first round pick. He showed why in a 31-27 comeback win against Notre Dame.
During the offseason, Tomahawk Nation examined the reasons that Winston might consider making the leap to the NFL after this season, including avoiding more scrutiny that would surely come with one more year in school.
Against Notre Dame, Winston was 23-of-31 passing for 273 yards and a touchdown. On the season, he’s completed 70.6 percent of his passes for 1,878 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. He was suspended for Florida State’s game against Clemson for making controversial remarks on campus.