Jameis Winston took a redshirt in 2012.
In hindsight, such an action seems ridiculous. He won the Heisman Trophy in his first active year last season, leading Florida State to a 14-0 record and national championship and finishing with by far the best QB rating in the country. How could a team—any team, no matter how good—opt to wait on him?
The answer is simple: Florida State had EJ Manuel. And no matter how good one thought or knew Winston could become, it would have been absurd to say a future top-20 NFL draft pick was not the best quarterback on his own roster.
Absurd to say the future was brighter than the present.
I refuse to be so absurd. Even after watching what Winston did, I refuse to say, for example, that Josh Rosen will for sure be better than UCLA's current quarterback. Not because I don't think Rosen—the No. 1 quarterback on the 247Sports composite for 2015—will be good, but because the Bruins have Brett Hundley on their active roster. And he, like Manuel, might one day be a top-20 NFL draft pick.
Also not included were teams with QB battles that don't have a clear leader. For example, I think Jerrod Heard at Texas will be better than David Ash ever was. However, who's to say if Ash will even start this season, and how do we know Max Wittek won't somehow be involved? It felt safer to just stay away.
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