Winston started his career at Florida State University redshirting behind future first round quarterback EJ Manuel during the 2012 season. During the 2013 season Winston named the starter and led the Seminoles to an undefeated record winning the National Championship versus Auburn 34-31 while securing the Heisman Trophy. During Winston’s historic redshirt freshman season he set many records throwing for 4,057 passing yards and 40 passing touchdowns to just 10 interceptions. In his redshirt sophomore season, Winston played in all but one regular season game and won every game except for his final game versus the Oregon Ducks in the 2015 Rose Bowl losing 59-20. Winston finished the 2014 season with 3,907 passing yards and 25 touchdowns to 18 interceptions.
|DOB||January 6, 1994||Bench (225 lb)||N/A|
|Weight||231 lbs||Broad Jump||8’7″|
|Arms||32″||20 Yard Shuttle||4.36 sec|
|Hands||9-3/8″||3 Cone Drill||7.16 sec|
|40 Yard Dash (10 yd split)||4.97 sec (1.74 sec)||60 Yard Shuttle||N/A|
|Florida State University (2012-2014)|
|2014 – 305/467 (65.3%), 3,907 yds, 8.4 y/a, 25 TDs, 18 INT, 57 rushes for 65 rushing yards and 3 rushing TDs||Heisman Trophy Finalist, Manning Award Finalist, Maxwell Award Finalist, Davey O’Brien Award Semifinalist, Walter Camp Award Semifinalist, First Team All-ACC, ACC Athlete of the Year (2014)|
|2013 – 257/384 (66.9%), 4,057 yds, 10.6 y/a, 40 TDs, 10 INT, 88 rushes for 219 rushing yards and 4 rushing TDs||Heisman Trophy Winner, Walter Camp Award, Manning Award, Archie Griffin Award, AP Player of the Year, Sports News Player of the Year, Consensus All-American, First-Team All-ACC, ACC Offensive Player of the Year, ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year (2013)|
Seven games were analyzed to judge Winston’s ability as a quarterback in this scouting report all from DraftBreakdown.com. These games were:
Accuracy is the most important trait in evaluating a quarterback. In the NFL, windows are much smaller as defenders are that much better at recognizing routes and have the athleticism to stay with their man.
Short Throw Accuracy in a spread/west coast offense is very important as a lot of your plays are based on the receiver getting the ball in his hands early to set up the yards-after-catch. Winston is mostly accurate on short and medium throw especially when he displays good footwork, fully stepping into the throw. Here are a couple examples of that:
Winston does have a tendency to sometimes use only his arm and not fully step through his throw which causes him to be behind his target as seen here on these slant routes (a fundamental route of the West Coast offense):
Winston’s deep ball accuracy is usually good, but too often I see him staring down his read waiting for a player to get open downfield, but the accuracy is certainly there for his receivers to take advantage of his passes.
This last play is one of my favorites on the back-shoulder pass to his wide receiver by the sideline. Beautiful.
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