Jameis Winston is considered the top pick in the 2015 draft, but off-the-field issues could prevent him from going No. 1 overall.
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Former Florida State QB Jameis Winston performed well in his pro day and was observed top ranking members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans.
Rob Rang of CBSSports.com reported that Winston essentially sealed his position as the No. 1 QB prospect in the 2015 NFL draft, and possibly even the No. 1 overall pick by the Buccaneers, who hold the 1st overall selection. The Tennessee Titans hold the No. 2 overall selection.
According to NFL.com insider Albert Breer, the Buccaneers sent five representatives to the FSU pro day, including GM Jason Licht, head coach Lovie Smith and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. Breer also noted that the Titans also have five top representatives present, including GM Ruston Webster, coach Ken Whisenhunt and offensive coordinator Jason Michael.
The Buccaneers and Titans are both starved at the QB position and have not made the playoffs since 2007 and 2008 respectively. The two teams have started as many as six different QBs between the two of them in the last two seasons and are both coming off 2-14 seasons with retread head coaches that struggled to make do with the QBs on their rosters.
Rang’s analysis of Winston’s pro day performance was as follows:
“After doing all of the timed drills at the Combine, Winston elected to just throw Tuesday. While Winston’s workout was focused, it certainly didn’t lack for rigor as the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner attempted 102 passes, significantly more than normal. Winston showed good (but not great) accuracy while eluding personal quarterback coach George Whitfield, who frequently chased him with a broom to simulate pass rushers.
“When able to set his feet, Winston consistently delivered accurate passes to all levels, showing the savvy to take something off short passes and exhibiting great touch on deep balls down the seam and sidelines. The velocity on deep out-breaking outs stood out in comparison to Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, who worked out in Eugene a few weeks ago. Winston’s ball-placement was off a bit when he threw on the move though final completion tally looks worse than it was as several of his incompletions were simply drops by his receivers.”