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Should The Buccaneers Be Worried About What Jameis Winston’s Lawyer Just Said About Him?

Submitted by on April 12, 2015 – 1:02 pmNo Comment

Jameis Winston is ready to play in the NFL. But he’s not ready for what he’s going to have to deal with off the field as an NFL player. That’s not my opinion. Rather, it’s the opinion of Winston’s own lawyer David Cornwell, who has served as an advisor for him in recent months. He spoke at a symposium at Villanova late last week and revealed that he doesn’t feel Winston is 100 percent ready to deal with everything that comes along with being an NFL player.

“He’s ready to be an NFL player on the field,” Cornwell said. “But he’s not ready to be an NFL player off the field.”

It’s a comment that raised some eyebrows. Because while Cornwell did qualify it by saying that he doesn’t “think anyone is ready…for this [NFL] world when they come into it,” one of the biggest knocks on Winston is that he’s struggled with off-the-field issues in the past. There’s no question that he has what it takes to play quarterback for an NFL team. But his inability to stay out of trouble off the field is what makes some NFL teams worry.

Should it prevent the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from taking Winston No. 1 overall, though? No. But it should force them to talk to Winston about his off-the-field issues early and often prior to the 2015 NFL Draft. And assuming the Bucs select Winston, it should also force them to continue to talk to him about how he conducts himself when he’s not on the football field. As long as they’re proactive with Winston and help him to transition into the NFL, he shouldn’t have any problems. But if they fail to provide a solid support system, there’s a good chance Winston will struggle off the field just as Cornwell suggested.

Do you think the Buccaneers should draft Winston No. 1 overall in spite of what Cornwell said?

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