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#pounditTuesday, June 22, 2021

Ron Jaworski: Jameis Winston has flaws, should not go No. 1

Jameis Winston

Ron Jaworski believes Jameis Winston has the potential to succeed in the NFL, but he would not take the former Florida State quarterback No. 1 overall in the draft.

Jaws joined ESPN’s “Mike & Mike in the Morning” Wednesday and expressed some concerns about Winston.

“I’ve studied a lot of him. I think Jameis Winston has a big upside in the NFL, but there are some real flaws to his game,” Jaworski said. “Quite honestly, I would not take him at that No. 1 pick, but I am not the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And I am not talking about the off-the-field stuff. I have no comment on any of that because I am not privy to that type of information, but there are certainly mechanical flaws in his game that are troublesome to me.”

Jaws plans to discuss some of the mechanical flaws he sees in Winston over the coming weeks leading up the start of the draft on April 28. What might some of the issues be? That Winston has a long delivery which could be rooted in his background as a baseball pitcher.

Apart from Winston’s mechanics, one of my concerns is that the former Heisman Trophy winner threw 18 interceptions last season. That’s an awful lot for a guy playing in a weak college conference. However, Winston really seems to be extraordinarily advanced when it comes to understanding the mental part of the game. He was asked to do a lot more at Florida State than most college quarterbacks, and NFL teams seem to be impressed with his football IQ.

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