The No. 1 pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner. The 2014 BCS National Championship game winner.
Jameis Winston is now playing backup quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. From highest of highest to riding the bench.
In his two years of college football, Winston threw for 7,964 yards and 65 touchdowns. After leading the Florida State Seminoles to a national title at the end of the 2013-14 season, he wasn’t even eligible for the NFL Draft because he was only a redshirt freshman.
After sticking around to check off his second year of collegiate play, Winston was drafted first overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
His first few seasons in the NFL weren’t even terrible. He threw for a 58.3 completion percentage in his rookie year and had 4,042 yards. However, his stats quickly dropped off and he was eventually replaced by the GOAT… Tom Brady.
When Winston was traded to the Saints, his career took a nose dive. Battling with injury and struggling to connect with his receivers, Winston has only seen 21 games in four years.
He has thrown for just 2,367 yards while also throwing 11 interceptions. He only has 16 touchdowns since he started playing for the Saints.
The Saints failed to make it to the Playoffs this season.
From the top of the NCAA world to being a backup on a team that doesn’t reach the postseason has to be one of the most disappointing dropoffs of all time, much less for a BCS title-winning quarterback.