The Florida State Seminoles wrapped up the BCS era with a dominant 2013 season led by Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston at quarterback. The redshirt freshman seemingly did it all last season, winning pretty much every individual award as well as leading his team to a national championship, which led some to ask what was left for Winston to do at the college level. Many predicted that Winston would jump to the NFL when he was draft eligible after next season due to accomplishing everything he could this year but the star QB seems content to play at least two more years at FSU.
After the remarkable season Winston had in 2013, many NFL scouts have graded him as a high first round pick if he were eligible to come out this year and other NFL front-office personnel have commented that they believe he will have a very bright career at the next level. It wouldn’t be unheard of for a redshirt sophomore to declare early and top many draft boards as we have seen Johnny Manziel do this season as one of the top quarterbacks prospects in the 2014 draft. If Winston’s only motivation was to get to the NFL as a high draft pick, leaving after next season would make sense.
But Winston is not your typical football star as he has also enjoyed his time playing baseball for Florida State. As soon as he wrapped up the national title in Pasadena this January, Winston was preparing to join the Noles on the diamond as the team’s closer this season. There are some baseball scouts who think he could have a successful career as a pitcher in MLB when he’s done in college, which gives Winston some options once he’s finished in Tallahassee.
While Winston insists he isn’t thinking that far ahead, his confirmation of plans to play baseball in 2015 would make it difficult to prepare for the NFL Draft next spring. That gives the Noles an extra year of Winston on the football field and an opportunity to have a very special three-year run with him under center.