Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston’s knowledge of the game reportedly caught the attention of numerous club officials who met with him this week at the NFL Scouting Combine.
In a story published Saturday, Bleacher Report‘s Mike Freeman quoted an unnamed evaluator who raved about Winston’s “[f]ootball IQ.”
Said the evaluator: “I think he’s probably the smartest player I’ve ever interviewed.”
Freeman also reports that Winston had been compared to Peyton Manning from a football intelligence standpoint “several times” in the reporter’s discussions with club officials.
With Winston likely to be a high draft pick who could be in contention to start as a rookie, the raves he’s drawing for his understanding of football concepts could augur well for him being handed the keys to an offense right off the bat.