As the NFL draft nears, USA TODAY High School Sports will look back at the high school careers and draft prospects for some of the top players. Here is today’s installment on Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.
High school: Hueytown, Ala.
ALL-USA history: Named to the American Family Insurance first team in 2011. Four-year starter finished with 6,871 career passing yards and 67 touchdowns, completing 60 percent of his 790 passes with only 25 interceptions. He also averaged 6.5 yards per rushing attempt for 2,912 yards and 35 touchdowns.
College: Florida State
Height, weight: 6-3, 231 pounds
By the numbers: In his two seasons with the Seminoles, he completed 66 percent of his passes for 7,964 yards and won the Heisman Trophy in 2013, when he threw for 40 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions compared to 25/18 last season.
Draft positives: A true winner who brings the best out of himself when the game is on the line. Deeply respected and loved by his teammates. Gets the most out of other players. His talent and ability to lead an offense cannot be overlooked. A big, physical player who can handle the speed of the NFL game.
Draft negatives: Makes poor decisions when trying to create on his own. Loses a lot of his strong points when he’s on the move. Gets careless with the ball. Poor decision maker, especially early in games. Loses track of the back side of the defense and will throw into heavy traffic against his body. Inconsistent mechanics. Major red flags off the field.
Projection: Round 1
What he says: “I know I’ve made mistakes, I know I have a past, but right now it’s about me moving forward and earning the trust of these 32 teams out there.”
Draft analysis by Dan Shonka, Ourlads.com