NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Yeah, this could end up being awkward.
Jameis Winston’s father told ESPN’s website on Monday that the former Heisman Trophy winner and consensus top quarterback available many not attend the NFL draft, despite the fact that he’s expected to be the No. 1 overall pick.
Antonor Winston said his son was planning to spend that time with his family in Alabama, but added the decision “was not set in stone.”
The draft will be held in Chicago from April 30 to May 2.
Winston, who led Florida State to an undefeated season and the national championship in 2013 and then the national semifinals this past season, has been projected by several draft insiders as going first overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Dogged by controversy during his time at FSU due to a number of off-the-field incidents, including a rape allegation, a shoplifting allegation and a suspension for yelling an obscene sexual phrase on campus, Winston separated himself from 2014 Heisman winner Marcus Mariota with an eye-opening performance at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last month.
Having drawn comparisons to Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger due to his size and arm strength, Winston finished his two-year college career with nearly 8,000 yards passing, 65 touchdowns and 28 interceptions, while completing 66 percent of his passes.