Scouts like seeing quarterbacks in an unscripted environment coming out of college. Their pro days are a wash. Their game film is not always telling. Instead it's the NFL Scouting Combine and individual workouts where scouts put lots of emphasis on.
Florida State's Jameis Winston is projected to go No. 1 to the Buccaneers on many mocks. It's been talked about several times by BucsBlitz.com how those close to the Buccaneers have said Winston is their guy. But even so there are some that want to see him perform in a setting he is not used to.
He has been working out with quarterback guru George Whitfield, Jr. since he declared and the camp has been posting updates to show how he has progressed. While that is a different setting for the 21-year-old, scouts prefer them taking on coaching and criticism from NFL coaches at the combine.
But when it comes down to throwing in Indianapolis, Whitfield says his pupil has not decided whether he will or not.
"It's a game-time decision,'' Whitfield told USA Today. "He's a very big believer in himself, so it'll be interesting. He's prepared to do it. Whether he goes in and does it will probably be determined a couple of days from now. At this time, he hasn't made a decision.''
Winston's work ethic has come to light by several doubters and non-believers. His camp says you can lay that theory to rest.
"He's been working his butt off the last five weeks to make sure he's going to make a tough decision for somebody," Whitfield added. "He looks good. I like where he is, focused, driven. He's enjoying the process.''
It will not be a bad mark on Winston if he chooses not to throw. Many are confident in what they are getting with Winston on the field. In the past, several top selections have chosen not to participate in throwing drills as well.
However, if he does decide to throw at the combine it'll be because he chose to try and silence critics. Especially for those that feel he has lots to prove.
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