Some critics may think that former Florida State star Jameis Winston is "overweight" for a quarterback and needs to lose a few pounds.
Well, The Hefty Lefty is on Winston's side.
The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner's weight has become a huge talking point this offseason, mainly because he is the potential No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL draft. Here are some pictures that have made their way around the Internet in recent months:
Those pictures aren't the most flattering, but to say that Winston is out of shape may be an exaggeration. After all, he had plenty of success at Florida State with a big frame.
Former NFL player Jared Lorenzen, best known for being a 300-plus quarterback, is the latest to share his thoughts on the matter.
Given that his nickname is "The Hefty Lefty," it probably comes as no surprise that Lorenzen thinks Winston's weight is being overanalyzed. Lorenzen recently went on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show and gave his thoughts on how Winston's physique might translate to the NFL:
You’re not outrunning people. You still got to have your quick feet. You still got to have your mobility, quick arm release, all that. But I don’t think being big at the quarterback position is a bad thing. I was talking to some people earlier: Name me the last big quarterback that got hurt. You look around the league, all these skinny guys that can run around – RG3 – all these guys are always hurt. The big guys are used to it. We can take the pounding. We can take what it’s like to play 16 to 20 games a season. ...
... Everybody goes back to the famous picture of Tom Brady when they saw him (when he was a sixth-rounder). By no means is (Winston) going to be Tom Brady, but by no means is he JaMarcus Russell, either. He’s not me. He doesn’t look that big. He’s just a big guy. If I had any advice to give to him, I would say everybody that’s talking right now, just block it out unless it’s your agent or the Tampa Bay Bucs—because that’s all that matters right now.
Even if Winston has packed on a few pounds since the last time he was under center for the Seminoles, The Hefty Lefty doesn't think that should scare off NFL teams.
Winston may not have the prototypical "quarterback body," but that doesn't mean he can't have success in the NFL. After all, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is by no means small, and yet, he has won two Super Bowls.
Being the No. 1 overall pick is what every football player strives to be. However, as Winston is finding out, there's a lot of scrutiny that comes along with the territory. It will be up to him to prove all of the haters wrong.