Jameis Winston has done everything he can do at Florida State, with a Heisman Trophy and a national championship, and that was just as a freshman. He was even a star closer for the Seminoles' baseball team.
The only reason it seemed obvious that he would enter the 2015 NFL draft is because he wasn't allowed to be in the 2014 draft. The presumption was that he'd finish his sophomore season, declare, and be chosen perhaps as high as No. 1 overall next spring, depending on how teams feel about some of his off-field issues by then.
Not so fast, Winston's father told AL.com.
"We want Jameis to succeed with one more year in baseball and two more years in football," Antonor Winston said. "We've never strayed from our plan that he is going to be in college until he gets that degree."
That would mean he'd play college football in 2015 and enter the 2016 draft. He's on pace to graduate in December of 2015, the AL.com story said.
Have you rolled your eyes yet at Antonor Winston's prediction? If not, go ahead now.
Maybe Winston stays in school and plays three football seasons (he redshirted as a freshman in 2012), but it really doesn't seem likely. Not many elite players projected to go that high in the draft stay after they're eligible to leave for the NFL. Jadeveon Clowney practically played with a countdown clock on his helmet this past season.
Stranger things have happened, and it's not unheard of for a player with really nothing else to prove to remain in college ... but we'll believe it when we see it.
The bigger deal for Winston might be his baseball career. While it doesn't seem likely that the most talented quarterback in college football would bypass the NFL, Winston is a very good pitcher. He led the Seminoles, who were 43-17, with a 1.08 ERA in 33.1 innings pitched this past season, limiting opposing batters to a .154 average.
"We have heard for him to go in the first round of the baseball draft then he will have to give up football," Antonor Winston told AL.com.
That last comment at very least indicates that the thought of professional baseball has crossed Jameis Winston's mind.
For now the NFL world will wait to see if Winston declares for the 2015 draft. That seemed like a foregone conclusion, but now his father has added a little bit of drama to the decision.
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