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however, his string of immature actions off the field will continue to be a hot topic among nfl decision makers. winston also had several slow starts and games with multiple interceptions in 2014, although he also showed the ability to consistently rally his team from behind and make plays in the clutch.
some scouts also believe he needs to quicken and shorten his delivery in order to be consistently successful at the next level, as he tends to wind up when he throws, lacking the quick release nfl teams desire. he has nfl arm strength, so the elongated delivery was not a big issue at the college level.
Winston still has a tendency to stare down his targets and will make poor decisions with the ball down the field when hemmed between the tackles and forced to get rid of the ball under pressure. At times, he'll backpedal and throw while off-balance, rather than stepping into his throws, negating his natural throwing power.
on the field, winston is a natural. he has the requisite physical skills with his size, arm strength and athleticism along with the mental process as a passer to pick apart defenses. his anticipation, instincts and chemistry with his targets come easy to him and it's something that scouts search for within quarterback prospects.
Simply put, Winston has a rare skill-set and that's why he has the makings of a top 10 selection or even No. 1 overall pick.
Where he's causing scouts to question his pro-readiness is off the field where a series of questionable incidents have raised concerns his maturity and character, including a sexual assault charge, shoplifting and using vulgar language in the student union. Some teams may take Winston off their boards entirely.
ben roethlisberger, pittsburgh - like big ben, winston has all of the attributes to become an nfl star and champion, including the size, strength, poise and arm talent. both have a tendency to hold the ball too long, putting undue pressure on their offensive line in an attempt to make the big play. both also, unfortunately, have proven vulnerable to poor choices off the field, as well.
--Rob Rang/Dane Brugler
he's the total package, physically. when on his game, winston delivers strikes before his receivers are out of their breaks or even looking for the ball. he handles pressure well, evading, resetting and speeding up his process when needed, listening to his internal clock. generally makes excellent decisions with the ball, showing the ability to pepper well-thrown short and intermediate routes as well as driving strikes down the alleys.
Shows nice touch on traditional deep balls as well as inside the red zone. While Winston struggled during the first half of several games in 2014, he regularly impressed with his ability to make adjustments and rally the Seminoles from behind, making clutch throws with the game on the line.
he has proven especially vulnerable to underneath defenders dropping in front of his intended targets - a significant issue given the frequency of zone-blitzes in the nfl as compared to college.
IN OUR VIEW
Possesses all the natural physical tools you look for in today's NFL. He's big, athletic, has a strong arm and moves well inside the pocket. As for the intangibles, the list includes poise, anticipation, toughness, vision, leadership and a competitive fire.
Nation's top quarterback prospect in the class of 2012, who was also considered a top baseball prospect in the 2012 Major League Baseball Amatuer draft
USA Today 2011 All-USA first team All-American
2012 Parade All-American
SI.com second team All-American, ESPNHS first team All-American and Under Armour All-American
selected the 2011 Alabama Gatorade State Player of the Year
rated a five-star quarterback by Scout and a four-star QB by Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports
named to the 2012 USA Football National Team (U19) for the 2012 International Bowl on Feb.1
dual-threat quarterback who played in the shotgun spread where he excelled as a passer in the pocket and on the move
also a dangerous runner
can make all the throws and does a good job of keeping his eyes downfield when plays break down
named the Alabama Sports Writers Association's Class 5A Back of the Year as a senior after completing 69 percent of his passes for 2,424 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushing for 1,065 yards (7.4 yards per rush) and another 15 touchdowns
guided Hueytown to a 13-1 mark and the Class 5A state semifinals
named the 2011 Birmingham News Metro Player of the Year
the four-year starter totaled 6,871 career passing yards with 67 touchdowns, completing 60 percent of his 790 passes and threw only 25 interceptions
averaged 6.5 yards per rushing attempt for 2,912 yards and 35 touchdowns on the ground which adds up to 9,853 career yards and a part in 103 touchdowns
No. 1 on the Mobile Register's Super Southeast 120 and Elite 18 list of the top Alabama prospects. Named a co-MVP of the Elite 11 national quarterback challenge last summer in Malibu
turned in an MVP performance in the Under Armour All-American game completing 8-of-9 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns
named to the ASWA Super 12 and Class 5A all-state teams as a junior and senior
No. 14 on the ESPNU 150 and No. 1 QB nationally, No. 5 player regionally and No. 1 player in Alabama by ESPN
named to the 2012 247Sports All-American team as the No. 1 dual-threat QB, No. 3 player in the state and No. 26 in the Top247 List
on the baseball diamond, shines as a switch-hitting centerfielder and right-handed pitcher who possesses a fastball in the 90's and was clocked at a 6.59 in the 60
rated by Perfect Game as the nation's No. 22 prep baseball player for the Class of 2012 and was named a Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American
named Birmingham News Metro West Player of the Year as a sophomore in baseball
hit .424 with seven homers and 36 RBIs during the Golden Gophers' Class 6A state semifinal run and finished 8-3 with two saves, a 1.92 earned run average, 92 strikeouts and six complete games as a sophomore
2011 ASWA all-state and Birmingham News All-Metro selection in baseball as a junior hit .370 and was 7-2 on the mound while playing shortstop, outfield and pitching
selected in the 15th round with the 486th overall pick by the Texas Rangers in the 2012 MLB firt-year player draft
selected Florida State over Stanford, Alabama, LSU and Ohio State.
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