Photo of Jameis Winston
Drafted By: Buccaneers
  • Round 1
  • Pick 1
  • Overall 1

Combine Results

6.7 ?
  • 4.97 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 28.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 103.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.16 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.36 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Certain people embrace competition and challenges. He will not shy away from the bright lights of Tampa." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'4" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 231LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands


Winston started every game during his final two seasons at Florida State, winning his first 26 games as a starter before losing his final game in the 2014 national semifinal. Only QB in college football since 1964-65 to win his first 26 starts. Winston tossed at least one touchdown pass in every game of his collegiate career, throwing 65 touchdowns in 27 career games. Was a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year award in 2014. As a redshirt freshman in 2013, Winston was a Consensus All-American and was the Heisman Trophy Winner. In the first start of his career, completed 25 of 27 passes to set the Florida State all-time record for single-game completion percentage. Played two seasons with the Seminoles' baseball team and was used primarily as a relief pitcher, holding opponents to a .154 batting average as a sophomore and a .175 batting average as a freshman. Posted a 1.08 ERA, while being used almost exclusively as a closer during his sophomore season. Was nation's top quarterback prospect in the class of 2012 and was also considered a top baseball prospect in the 2012 Major League Baseball amateur draft. Was drafted in the 16th round (486th overall) by the Texas Rangers. Was stopped by police at gunpoint and investigated for reported $4,200 in damage to apartment complex from BB gun fight in November 2012. Was investigated in 2013 after being accused of sexual assaulting an FSU student in December 2012, but was never charged. Cited for shoplifting crab legs from a Tallahassee grocery store in April 2014. Suspended from game against Clemson in September 2014 after shouting an obscene phrase while inside the FSU student union.



Considered by scouting community to be advanced in ability to scan field and get through progressions. Has natural feel for throwing windows and anticipates openings that other college quarterbacks don't see. Has height to see over offensive line and thickness of build to withstand NFL hits. Big arm by NFL standards. Gets full extension and follow through into throws with ability to drive ball into the seam in front of safeties. Can make all of the field-side throws teams need. Most teammates very trusting and protective of him, according to regional scouts. Aware in pocket, but not overly jittery. Good feel for edge pressure and steps up into pocket while continuing his scan. When pressure mounts, so does his focus. Shows faith in his wide receivers and willing to go right back to them after a drop. Strong lower body and able to shake free of some would-be sacks and get rid of the ball. Fierce competitor and unafraid of mistakes. Shows above-average football character. Will make throws and take chances others won't, which can be a special trait if properly harnessed.


Decision making not consistent with his football intelligence. Will throw into impossible windows rather than taking safe throw underneath. Elongated windup and release allows instinctive defenders to close on throws. Was too easily baited into dangerous throws. Struggled with intermediate passing game in 2014, completing 56.8 percent of his passes with FBS-leading 11 interceptions in that range. Still learning nuances of position and how to move and hold defenders with his eyes. Would sleepwalk through first half of many games. Inconsistent footwork and weight transfer caused balls to sail. Prone to emotional outbursts on field. Quality of decision-making drops off substantially when pocket becomes turbulent and he's forced to leave it. Lacks athleticism to extend plays for very long outside of the pocket. Off-the-field character and ability to lead on NFL level are his primary obstacles, according to NFL evaluators.

Draft Projection

Round 1 (top 5)

Sources Tell Us

"Jameis made the only decision he could (on leaving school early). He's losing (Rashad) Greene, (Nick) O'Leary and four starters up front. Why come back with those guys all gone?" -- NFC North scout

NFL Comparison

Eli Manning

Bottom Line

Winston is a big, highly competitive pocket passer who played in a pro-style offense and showed an ability to anticipate throwing windows, scan the entire field and make the NFL throws. His wind-up delivery and marginal mobility outside the pocket are reminiscent of Byron Leftwich, but his arm talent and issues with decision making are more in line with Eli Manning's. Winston's football potential is clearer than so-called "system" or "one-read" quarterbacks, but every stone must be overturned in an attempt to piece together a predictive character profile on Winston. Winston's supreme confidence might be considered arrogance by some, but even that trait will be alluring to teams who need to find a franchise quarterback.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.