Jameis Winston is headed to the NFL. Despite speculation that he might return to college, Florida State's star quarterback officially declared for the 2015 NFL Draft on Wednesday morning. The former Heisman Trophy winner is eligible to enter the draft since he is a redshirt sophomore.
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Winston is one of the most intriguing prospects in the entire draft class. He is thought to be one of, if not the, top quarterbacks along with Oregon Ducks' Marcus Mariota. Unlike Mariota, there are significant maturity and character concerns about Winston.
The fact that Winston declared could be good news for the Eagles. Perhaps the Eagles, who pick at No. 20, would draft him if he falls lower than expected. Or maybe they would trade up for him. Jason La Canfora hinted that the Tennessee Titans, who pick at No. 2, could be looking to move their pick. Rotoworld notes that Winston could be a great fit for the Eagles offense:
"Winston's "accuracy issues would be less exposed because he'd find wide open receivers so consistently," Fahey tweeted. The Eagles would almost certainly have to trade up from the No. 20 pick. This is not so much about a threat of running with the football in Kelly's offense, an overstated trait, but more about finding open receivers in a timely manner either when blitzed or off the snap. Winston has plenty of functional mobility."
Maybe the Eagles don't have interest in Winston. It's no secret that head coach Chip Kelly places a high value on character and team culture. Winston might not fit what the Eagles are looking for in their players. If that's the case, it's still good news for the Eagles. If a team ahead of them takes Winston, that just means there's one more player available when the Eagles pick. Mike Kaye suggested that Winston going before Mariota could allow the Ducks QB to become more available.
If Winston has his way, he would actually probably like to end up in Philadelphia. Why? Well, he's an Eagles fan. From an ACC Media Day interview last summer:
"Q. Few college athletes in history have had the kind of freshman season that you had and your team had. How hard is it not to be satisfied, and as follow‑up, has Kelvin Benjamin officially made you a Panthers fan?
JAMEIS WINSTON: Well, in your question you said it all: All team. We had a very successful season because of our team. I was blessed to have an opportunity to play with Kelvin, and no, I'm still not a Panthers fan, but I am a Cam Newton and KB fan. I am an Eagles fan, to answer that."