After rumors that he would wait an extra week to decide whether to enter the NFL, Jameis Winston announced today that he would declare for the 2015 NFL draft.
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Jameis Winston has said his decision to leave Florida State University and enter the 2015 NFL draft was “difficult.”
Via ESPN.com, Winston has released a statement through The Legacy Agency, which will represent him now that he has declared for the 2015 NFL Draft.
“After weighing this decision with my family and friends, I have decided to declare for the 2015 NFL draft and forgo my remaining eligibility at Florida State,” the statement read. “I reached this very difficult decision after careful consideration and long thought, realizing how difficult it would be to say goodbye to my family at Florida State. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to wear the garnet and gold and have greatly enjoyed my time as a Seminole, both as an athlete and a student in the classroom.”
Winston was the 2013 Heisman trophy winner, led the Florida State Seminoles to a 28-game winning streak before it was snapped in the Rose Bowl by the Oregon Ducks, won two ACC Championships, and won the 2013 BCS National Championship over the Auburn Tigers. Winston is 26-1 as a starter at FSU.
Winston is considered one of the top 5 prospects in the 2014 NFL draft and one of the top two QBs. However, Winston is also haunted by off-the-field incidents including shoplifting crab legs, a suspension for inappropriate on-campus behavior and most notably a rape accusation which was later withdrawn.
Among the teams that would be likely to take Winston in the first round of the draft are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans and New York Jets.