Jameis Winston could very well end up being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft the following month, nevertheless the former Florida State star won’t take attendance to shake the commissioner’s hand when his name is called.
In accordance with Peter King of The MMQB, Winston is planning to watch the draft aware of his family rather than visiting the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. Typically, the initial overall pick in the draft is greeted with a loud ovation and a large number of flashbulbs, but may the NFL be worried that Winston would not receive the exact same kind of welcome?
“It really comes off badly. Given all that we’ve heard of this kid off of the field (none of it good), having him choose to not head to the initial real PR event of his NFL life leaves a negative taste. Maybe his parents want him to keep home to allow them to ensure he doesn’t do something dumb in a hotel before the draft or something and that I can understand,”
“A QB has to have the ability to lead an NFL team on and off the field. Can we even think of NFL players following Winston as a leader the direction they do Tom Brady, Manning, Rogers, Brees, Romo, Wilson, etc. ?”