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Report: Jameis Winston going pro

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is going pro, his father told ESPN on Wednesday.

Winston will be eligible for April’s NFL draft, where he’s projected to go second overall by ESPN’s Todd McShay.

Here’s more from the report:

Initially, Antonor Winston said his son planned to wait until after the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T to announce a decision, but instead, Jameis Winston came to a firm decision Tuesday night that he was ready to enter the NFL draft.

Antonor Winston said his son received a first-round grade from the NFL draft advisory committee.


While off-field incidents swirled throughout much of his time at FSU, Winston’s numbers were among the best in college football when he was on the field. Winston ranks fourth in touchdown passes (65), fourth in passing yards (7,964) and second in passes of 20 yards or more (124) since the start of the 2013 season.

Winston’s statistics fell off this season as he threw for 3,907 yards, 25 touchdowns and had 18 interceptions. He also rushed for 65 yards and three TDs.

To see more on NFL draft projections, including who the Bears may target, click here.