Jameis Winston may be the most talented QB coming out of the draft, but he has a bunch of red flags from a maturity standpoint.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith says the feels comfortable with QB Jameis Winston as he prepares for the 2015 Scouting Combine.
In an interview with Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Smith said that Winston’s various legal problems stemming from a 2013 sexual assault allegation would not disqualify him from consideration as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
“From what I know right now, yeah, we’re OK with where he is,” Smith said, via . “He’s been accused of a crime. There’s an allegation. He went through our court system. I have faith in our court system. He went through the school justice system. He was cleared. He went through our court system and he was cleared. Exonerated. What else can you do?”
Winston won the 2013 Heisman Trophy after a stellar season with the Florida State Seminoles that culminated in a National Championship win over the Auburn Tigers. He became the youngest man to ever win the award, beating out Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel for the distinction. Winston would lead the Seminoles to the only undefeated regular season in the NCAA in 2014 but lost to 2014 Heisman trophy winner Marcus Mariota in the Rose Bowl.
Winston and Mariota both declared for the NFL following the 2014 college football season and are both considered the top two QB prospects available in the 2015 draft.
The Buccaneers hold the No. 1 overall pick after finishing with the NFL’s worst record in 2014. The team also has a strong interest in the QB position since cutting former starting QB Josh McCown last week.