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Jameis Winston’s dad now says he will enter the NFL draft


Jameis Winston is heading to the NFL.

That’s the word from Winston’s dad, who told David Hale of ESPN that his son will enter the 2015 NFL draft. That contradicts what Winston’s dad said yesterday, which was that his son wouldn’t make a decision until next week.

But while the contradiction is strange, the decision is not the least bit surprising. Winston is a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at Florida State who is an NFL-ready talent. And given the off-field problems that have put him in hot water with the law, with Florida State and possibly with the NCAA, it always seemed like a given that Winston would make the NFL millions as soon as he’s eligible to do so.

Now the question is which team will want Winston. The Buccaneers, owners of the first overall pick, might take him. But it’s also possible that those off-field issues will scare the Bucs and other teams off, and that Winston could slide on draft day. He’ll be the draft’s most closely scrutinized prospect over the next four months.