By Dwayne Haskins '16
This was a famous quote said by maybe the future of the NFL after a National Championship win over Auburn in 2014. This and a number of other numerous occasions such as stealing crab legs, being accused of rape and announcing improper aneurysms on the lunch table during a civil Florida State day.
All these “incidents” have given Winston a bad image. It was said before hand, that he is too immature and unable to be the face of a franchise. Over this past weekend, for the NFL in the Lucas Memorial Stadium in Indianapolis last Saturday, February 21st, a lot of critics argued that Jameis needs to identify why he made these mistakes in college and how he plans to mature so that he can lead an NFL time.
At the NFL Draft, Jameis Winston didn’t test as well as his competition counterpart Marcus Mariota who is also considered the best quarterback in the NFL class. Jameis ran a 4.97 40 which is the slowest 40 if he is to be drafted in the first round; he jumped 28.5 inches in the vertical jump which is below average (31 inches is the QB average) and slightly smaller hands at 9 ⅜ inches. He had an above average throwing day, missing some key throws that are required in a pro-style offense but overall showed the pocket presence and arm strength to make all the throws downfield, immediate and short.
Even though he didn’t blow people away with his athleticism, one thing the critics forgot to measure was his heart and his IQ. At the combine Jameis had great interviews especially when it mattered with NFL GMs and NFL evaluators. So great that some people have compared his intelligence to Peyton Manning's. This is a great vouch for his character. Not only did he do well on the board, he also talked about how serious this job is and second chances don’t come as easy in this profession.
Now that Jameis knocked the combine out of the park, he looks to finish up strong at his pro-day and make some of those throws he missed and cut back on some weight to bulk up his 6’4 frame.
After this past weekend Winston solidified his top-10 potential and we look forward to see where he lands in the NFL.
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