For months, it's pretty much been a forgone conclusion that Jameis Winston would be departing for the NFL following this season.
Winston, a redshirt sophomore, is eligible to leave Tallahassee for the pro ranks at the conclusion of the Seminoles' year. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound quarterback is projected to be a top-five pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Based on his stock, and everything he's had to go through off the field while in school, nearly everyone expects the Alabama native to declare for the NFL after FSU's College Football Playoff run.
Count Winston's coach, Jimbo Fisher, among those who feel that way.
Fisher was asked what he thinks Winston should do, according to AL.com.
"If he goes, heck, that's what he should do," Fisher said.
There have been projected top-five picks who returned to school for another season, though, like Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck, who both remained in college at Tennessee and Stanford, respectively, while being eligible for the draft.
Could Winston do the same? It's incredibly doubtful. But maybe...
"See, everybody assumes you go," Fisher said. "Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning stayed."
Winston threw for 3,559 yards and 34 touchdowns this season, leading Florida State to an undefeated season and a spot in the College Football Playoff. The Seminoles are set to take on No. 2 Oregon in the Rose Bowl Jan. 1.
Winston is projected to be selected with the No. 2 pick in the draft, behind Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, according to CBS Sports' latest mock draft.