Jameis Winston is eligible to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft, and according to a report from October, Florida State’s star quarterback will make the jump to the NFL after this season. Of course, there’s always the possibility that Winston decides to come back for his redshirt junior year, but it appears that he will play on Sundays in 2015.
One person who is excited for Winston’s tenure in the NFL is New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick. According to the former Virginia Tech signal caller, Winston is the future of the league.
“But I do know one thing: He may make some poor decisions, but he gets on that football field and he plays his ass off. Yeah, he can mature. He’ll mature. I see him maturing as time goes on. Like, this year hasn’t been as bad of a year as the first year was for Jameis. I think the kid will continue to improve. I think he’s the future of the NFL.”
Vick did add the caveat that he thinks Winston has made some poor decisions during his time in Tallahassee, and that it would be hard for Winston if he was drafted by the Jets, who are going to have a top-10 pick this spring. Still, Vick thinks that Winston can succeed if he is surrounded by veterans who would steer him in the right direction.
Vick emphasized that Winston will need “veterans around him, guys who are going to take him under their wing, make sure he’s doing things accordingly, the way he’s supposed to, supporting him on the field and off the field. Teamwork, that’s what he needs. And that’s any guy.”
The 6-foot-4, 235 pound Winston is the No. 2 quarterback and the No. 6 overall prospect in the upcoming draft, according to ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay.