Winston Wants To Be Face Of A Franchise
March 3, 2015 07:39 PM | Andrew Walker
On the field, it's hard not to be impressed with the skillset that Jameis Winston brings to the quarterback position.

A true student of the game, Winston displays a knack to go through all of his progressions and possesses a big arm to deliver the ball into some tight windows.

But it's been Winston's decision making off the field that troubles many NFL evaluators.

So as teams juggle the potential risks and rewards that come along with taking the 2013 Heisman Trophy award winner, Winston wants to ensure everyone he's moved on from his off-the-field issues and is completely ready for a long, successful career in football.

"I want to let you all know I know made mistakes and I know I have a past, but right now it's about me moving forward and earning the trust of all these 32 teams out there," Winston told reporters at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

In fact, in that same media session, Winston alluded to his desire to be the face of a franchise six different times. Many believe he'll get that very chance with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have the No. 1-overall pick in April's NFL Draft.

"One thing about me is I'm always staying positive," Winston said when asked about how he motivates himself. "And people may think of that as arrogance, but when I'm out there and my team looks at me, they're going to see a smile on my face because I'm going to tell them you know what we're capable of doing, and we're not going to go down with no loss because all we want is a 'W,' and that's the main thing."

Winston - who possesses ideal size at 6-foot-4, 231 pounds - is "considered by scouting community to be advanced to ability to scan field and get through progressions," according to his draft prospect profile.

The Bessemer, Ala., native, who was also a standout pitcher with Florida State's baseball team, completed 257-of-384 passes (66.9 percent) for 4,057 yards with 40 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions in a freshman season in 2013 that earned him both the Heisman Trophy and a national championship.

He followed that up with another strong season - 305-of-467 (65.3 percent) passing for 25 touchdowns - but also threw 18 interceptions in 2014.

"As a quarterback, you've got to get better and better every single day," Winston said of what he's working on as he transitions to the professional game. "So my main goal next year will be the turnover ratio so next year I won't turn the ball over as much. Like I said, I'm going to have a tremendous off-season. This is my first year being a quarterback year round and I look forward to that challenge and I look forward to being better."

The bottom line on Winston, according to, is that his "football potential is clearer than so-called 'system' or 'one-read' quarterbacks, but every stone must be overturned in an attempt to piece together a predictive character profile" on him.

Asked what he can do to "gain the trust of all 32 teams," Winston said it'll happen through his actions.

"You'll see in a year," he said. "I can't predict the future. You can't predict the future. But what I can do right now is what I need to do to be the face of a franchise."

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