It’s little surprise that Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is getting high praise from NFL scouts and coaches. An undefeated record and a Heisman Trophy will do that. However, strata to which he is being elevated may be a shocker to some. Winston has been compared closely to Peyton Manning.
In an interview with USA Today, one defensive coordinator said that Winston may not be Manning, but he’s as close as a player can get.
“He is the most NFL-ready quarterback that I’ve had the privilege of preparing for,” a defensive coach for a team that faced Winston told USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity for competitive reasons. “I’m not saying he’s Peyton Manning, but he’s pretty darn close, man.”
As far as his draft stock, Winston is this season’s “player who will be drafted first in next year’s draft.”
“He’d be the first pick in the draft. I can say that unequivocally, because he does have the traits,” (Jerry) Angelo, a 31-year scouting veteran who was the Chicago Bears GM from the 2001 to ’11 seasons, told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday. “But it’s the one position that (is different).
Winston has had a remarkable season, but it seems like this praise comes around every year for one player returning to school. Two years ago it was Matt Barkley, last year Jadeveon Clowney. Scouts and media love a player the first time around, then use the following season to nitpick every facet of the individual’s game.
The Heisman winner is well-deserving of the praise, and is on top of the mountain. It will be interesting to see how fickle scouts, who quickly fall in and out of love with players, view him after his second season under center.