Florio: Jameis Winston should sit out 2014 http://t.co/hRF980ucW5
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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston had virtually a perfect season on the field. He won the Heisman Trophy and led his team to an undefeated season and a National Championship. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Winston should sit out the 2014 season to protect himself from injury and preserve his value for the NFL Draft. Evidently, 14 games as a freshman is enough to justify a top pick on a quarterback.
Experience matters and teams value it when they select a quarterback. Most successful quarterbacks in the NFL have close to 40 starts in their collegiate careers to prepare them for various situations they would have to deal with in the NFL; close games, big situations, so on and so forth.
This is all assuming the NFL views Winston as a top prospect as it is, which is hopeful at best and terrible advice at worst. Winston has a lot to work on as any freshman quarterback does. Many of those issues showed up in the game against Auburn. Winston possesses a ton of talent and needs to keep working to evolve and progress.
The only way Winston should sit out the 2014 college football season is if he decides he wants to pursue a baseball career, the other sport he plays at Florida State. None of this is coming from Winston and it is all just a well meaning, but misguided argument from Florio.
This same line of thinking came about with Jadeveon Clowney this past season at South Carolina. He played and had a great year, securing himself a top spot in the 2014 NFL Draft. Maybe Clowney could have done it and had it work, but the quarterback position is a completely different animal.