Sorry to take it back off topic but phinsfansc what is it you see in winston compared to russell? Im not a scout and genuinely interested in what you think. i honestly dont remember much of russell in college but i do remember thinking the same about him as winston which is "they think hes the number 1 pick?!"
No problem Manhatten. For one, there were question about JaMarcus work ethic and how smart of a player he was coming out of LSU. Jameis is both smart from a football standpoint and book wise. He was ACCEPTED to Stanford, one of his finalist when coming out of high school. He was an honor student at FSU, and worked just as hard when studying his playbook and watching film.
He does not have the arm that JaMarcus had, but very few do. That said, Winston can make all the throws, does a great job of throwing receivers open, throwing with touch, anticipating throws.
He needs to tighten his throwing motion, something he is working on right now. He has to cut down on his interceptions, as some of those 18 interceptions he threw this year where certainly on him trying to force throws and make plays. But he also lost Kelvin Benjamin & Kenny Shaw, talented and veteran wide receivers. Talented kids replaced them, but they were true freshman. It takes time to develop chemistry with receivers, and it took time. Wrong routes were ran, tipped passes and anticipating a receiver being somewhere and them not being there contributed to some of those interceptions as well. He went 40-10 in touchdown to INT ratio his redshirt freshman year, 25-18 his redshirt sophmore year.
In regards to his leadership on the field and around the football team, he is an Alpha Male, he leads by example and verbally. He has SWAG and easily get's along with all of his teammates. The one thing I remember about his leadership ability was in the Rose Bowl. RB Dalvin Cook, a true freshman rushed for over 1000 yards for FSU, and the kids is going to be special. He was a big part of why FSU got into the playoffs. But Dalvin also had 2 back breaking fumbles in the 2nd half of the Oregon game that help open the floodgates. His 1st fumble happened as FSU had taken the opening kickoff and was in position to score to take the lead. His 2nd fumble, which happened 2 series later allowed Oregon to jump to a double digit lead again. Things fell apart after that and Oregon ended up blowing out FSU.
Jameis came up to Dalvin and put his arms around him and tried to console him and pick his spirits up. He knew how important Dalvin had been and was going to continue to be. Dalvin took blame for the loss, as he was very disappointed. It was more than just Dalvin, as the defense struggled all year long and struggled in that game against Oregon.
The obvious concerns about Winston is off the field. No one can argue that you have to hope that this young man grows up and realizes that the mistakes he made in college CANNOT happen NOW. His maturity has been questioned and rightfully so. He is the reason that their is ANY question about him being the #1 pick.
There is such a thing as being book smart and having common sense smarts. I am and FSU fan, but I also can't sugar coat this and say that Jameis has shown an incredible lack of common sense and realizing that EVERYTHING he does will be scrutinized.
Teams will do their due diligence and then SOME. I give Winston credit for requesting to speak with Commissioner Goodell to speak about his past misdeeds. He fully knows what is expected of him.
I know this was a little long to say the least, but I wanted to try to be through.