Jameis Winston’s Goal is to Show, Prove and Silence at the 2015 NFL Combine

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Florida State QB Jameis Winston does a radio interview

The extensive dissection of Jameis Winston is officially underway.

Jameis Winston’s road to the NFL has been filled with unprecedented highs and head-scratching lows. The 2013 Heisman Trophy Award winner finished his career at Florida State with a 26-1 record, with many of those victories coming at the height of controversy.

Winston stood tall at the NFL Combine yesterday as he dealt with the obvious inquiries surrounding his character, his weight and freshly discovered “shoulder weakness”.

With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ready to select him, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft is Jameis Winston’s to lose.

A slimmed down Jameis Winston looked and sounded as confident as ever in his first media exposure to the NFL. Winston opened his presser by announcing that he will throw at the combine on Saturday — ruling out speculation that he would not due to shoulder weakness discovered at the Combine. Winston will be competing against quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley among others.

The former Florida State Seminoles quarterback fielded approximately five or six questions about his off the field issues while in Tallahassee and why would he be any different in the NFL. Winston stated several times that he has to earn the trust of all 32 NFL teams and more importantly, be given the chance to prove himself.

In the weeks after the Seminoles loss to the Oregon Ducks in the BCS Playoffs and the NFL Combine, Winston has worked out with several people including new Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr. — who stated Winston has only gotten stronger and was shocked by the discovered weakness in Winston’s shoulder.

It should be noted Winston was also a pitcher and outfielder for the Seminoles baseball team.

Entering Indianapolis as the most scrutinized pro prospect ever, Winston has been broken down from his hand size (9 3/8) to a picture which recently surfaced showing Winston with some extra weight in his midsection. It should be noted Winston is down to 231 lbs. compared to the 254 he checked in at against Oregon.

For Winston, his most relaxing experience at the Combine will come when he’ll throw about 20 balls in his workout. It will be the only time he isn’t mentally or physically poked or prodded by prospective teams. No questions about crab legs or alleged sexual assaults, no questions about the BCS Playoff loss.

Given Winston’s talent and exposure to a pro style offense, his workout will be the one entity no one can second-guess or call into question. As the days and weeks play out, the scrutiny surrounding Winston will continue as I’m sure there will be leaks about his interviews with NFL staff and of course his score on the career-defining Wonderlic Test.

Unless he does well of course.

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