Scouting report: Jameis Winston
In 2011, ESPN RecruitingNation's scouts evaluated then-high school quarterback Jameis Winston. He was the top-ranked QB in his class and the No. 14 overall prospect in the Class of 2012. Here's what our scouts had to say about him:
This guy is extremely talented, but also extremely raw. Winston has loads of upside not just as a dual-threat guy, but also as a passer that can beat you from within pocket if he continues to develop that side of his game. He is tall and lanky - reminds us of a more polished, stronger armed Teddy Bridgewater. He is a big play waiting to happen especially when the initial play breaks down and he has to use his feet. He has a lean frame with the ceiling to add significant bulk and strength. Plays in the shotgun spread where he is a used as a passer within the pocket, on the move and also as a designated runner which is where he can be really dangerous. He can create fits for opposing defenses because he can make all the throws, he can throw on the move and when off balanced and he is always a threat to take off and run. He can improvise and does a good job of keeping his eyes downfield and shows good awareness of where his targets are when chaos ensues. Winston has a very good arm, but does not always shows great ball control or velocity. He is a baseball player and as a result he can wind-up a bit with his throwing motion, but he does shows good quickness and power when coming over the top to drive the ball when his feet are set. He has shown flashes of being able to make some very difficult throws both from within the pocket and on the run to both sides. Seems to thrive on making something happen when you think he is going down or about to take a negative play. He routinely pulls a rabbit out of the hat and keeps the drive alive. There are times when we would like to see him show more patience in the pocket and work through his reads before taking off. His natural instinct is to get on the perimeter, but the play may need him to stand in there and deliver a strike to a second or third option. Winston possesses physical tools that could even lead to him playing wide receiver, but he also has the arm and developmental upside to be a signal caller in just about any scheme and would be perfect for the spread offense. Also a terrific baseball prospect.