Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston lived up to the hype in his debut Monday. In Florida State’s 41-13 win over the Pittsburgh Panthers, the redshirt freshman was 25-of-27 for 356 yards with four touchdowns and rushed 25 yards and another touchdowns.
Famous ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. is buying into the hype.
“Winston is a legit candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft,” writes Kiper. “That’s right, the draft after this coming year.”
Kiper goes on to point out that many pundits continue to refer to Winston as a freshman, but like 2012 Heisman winner Johnny Manziel, he actually made his debut as a redshirt freshman. That means Winston will be eligible to enter the 2015 draft.
Kiper thinks quarterbacks like Winston are more NFL-ready than they used to be because they “come into college having seen and learned more than many QBs of previous generations did, even when they were in the NFL.”
Kiper also believes Florida State redshirt sophomore Jacob Coker, who Winston beat out for the starting job, is an NFL prospect.