Expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, Jameis Winston will forego attending the event to stay at home with his family.
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Former Heisman Trophy winning QB and top NFL draft prospect Jameis Winston said that because of his grandmother’s inability to travel, he will be skipping the NFL draft.
In an interview on the NFL Network, Winston said his grandmother has type-2 diabetes and is unable to travel, so he chose to skip the draft weekend in Chicago leading up to April 30th and spend time with his family at home.
Earlier this month Winston revealed that he would not be attending the NFL draft in what many described as a PR move to avoid being booed on draft day because of his numerous off-the-field troubles he had while he was the starting QB at Florida State.
Winston was named the starter at FSU as a freshman in 2013 and led the Seminoles to an undefeated season and a BCS National Championship win over the Auburn Tigers. For his incredible play in leading the NCAA’s top scoring offense, Winston won the 2014 Heisman Trophy. The following season Winston once again led the Seminoles to an undefeated season and a second consecutive ACC conference title, but the team ultimately lost in the Rose Bowl to the Oregon Ducks and 2015 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who own the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, are expected to make Winston the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Should Winston choose not to attend, he would be the first No. 1 overall pick to not attend the draft since Dan Wilkinson in 1994.