Ron Jaworski: Jameis Winston isn't a No. 1 pick

Published Mar. 6, 2015

Retired NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski, who last year said he wouldn't draft Johnny Manziel "in the first three rounds," says he wouldn't take Jameis Winston No. 1 overall this year because the Florida State QB has "real flaws to his game."

"I've studied a lot of him," Jaworski said on ESPN's Mike & Mike show Wednesday. "I think Jameis Winston has a big upside in the NFL, but there are some real flaws to his game. Quite honestly, I would not take him at that No. 1 pick."

The Bucs have the top pick in the draft, which begins April 30.

Jaworski said his concerns have nothing to do with Winston's off-field problems: "There are certainly mechanical flaws in his game that are troubling to me."

In February 2014, Jaworski called Manziel "a random quarterback that likes to get out of the pocket and make plays with his legs. In the NFL, he won't last three games playing that style. He'll get hurt." And Manziel, drafted 22nd overall by the Browns, saw his rookie season pretty much play out that way in his five games (two starts).

Giant on skidding plane: Giants tight end Larry Donnell was one of the passengers on a Delta plane that skidded off the runway at LaGuardia Airport in New York on Thursday. Donnell, 26, was en route to the team's headquarters in New Jersey to sign the exclusive-rights free agent tender the Giants had placed on him the previous day. He said in a statement he was fine.

Broncos: Peyton Manning made his return for an 18th season official by passing his physical a day after agreeing to a revised contract that calls for him to make $15 million next season. He left the team's headquarters without speaking to the media.

Cardinals: Quarterback Carson Palmer said he restructured his contract to help with the team's salary cap situation. Palmer, recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, said he "is doing great" and hopes to be ready for team activities this summer.

Chiefs: Veteran linebacker Joe Mays was released as the team attempted to free up cap space before the start of free agency next week. It saved about $3 million with the move.

Panthers: Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen signed a three-year contract extension good through the 2018 season. The deal is worth $22.5 million overall and includes a $12 million signing bonus, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said. … Defensive end and soon-to-be free agent Greg Hardy can sign a new contract even if he remains on the commissioner's exempt list, league spokesman Greg Aiello said. Hardy was on the list for most of last season after being convicted of domestic violence last summer. His conviction was dismissed Feb. 9 after an appeal, and he met with league officials Wednesday to discuss his case. No resolution had been announced.

Patriots: Nose tackle Vince Wilfork, an 11-year veteran and five-time Pro Bowl selection, was made an unrestricted free agent. Wilfork, 33, said he is still interested in playing.

Stay updated on the Buccaneers

Stay updated on the Buccaneers

Subscribe to our free Bucs RedZone newsletter

We’ll deliver a roundup of news and commentary on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers weekly during the season.

You’re all signed up!

Want more of our free, weekly newsletters in your inbox? Let’s get started.

Explore all your options

Raiders: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew retired, and defensive end LaMarr Woodley was released.

Dolphins: Tackle Jason Fox accepted a $2.5 million, two-year contract rather than become a free agent.

49ers: Pro Bowl defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, 33, signed a two-year contract after playing his first 10 seasons with Arizona. Terms weren't released. The former Florida State standout sat out last year with a knee injury.