Corey Chavous: ‘Winston Has To Pick Up The Pace’

Just when you thought the Jameis Winston Crab Leg Incident was ancient history, it turns out that, well, it’s not. Winston now claims that a Publix employee had given him free crab legs in the past, meaning the April 2014 incident was not isolated.

Interesting.

Should we believe Winston? Or is he just trying to cover up for his past?

“Well, you got to take him for his word,” CBS Sports Network draft analyst Corey Chavous said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “At this point in the process – particularly for him – I think it just kind of comes down to the listener. Somebody may feel like, okay, he’s trying to pull one over. Some people may feel like he’s being pretty much genuine. I get the impression that he is. But at the end of the day, it comes down to how do you (assess) that as a team? How big of a deal is that? Is that something that you know other players have done and you just got to say, ‘Well, I understand.’ Or is it a big deal to you? I think it comes down to the team’s individual value. Everybody is probably going to have their own opinion about it from a moral standpoint. For me, I’m like, okay, I’ve done some stuff that I’m not too proud of as well.”

Regardless of his character flaws – real or perceived – Winston will likely be the first pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. He’s big, he’s strong, and he’s tough, among other positive attributes. One consistent knock on him, though – aside from his flabbiness at Florida State’s Pro Day – is his slow delivery.

“It’s interesting: I think no matter who’s looking at him, what you were just saying is exactly right,” Chavous said. “He’s not necessarily going to be a nimble, move-in-the-pocket guy. I think he’s got good enough pocket movement. I think he’s got to improve obviously a little bit with the footwork. I think that has gotten a little bit lazy. Maybe pick up the pace there. He’s going to have to pick up the pace.”

Yet, while Winston’s wind up is a little slow, his delivery is not.

“One thing about him, he does get the ball to come around quickly because he has pretty good arm torque and he has pretty good upper-body flexibility as well,” Chavous said. “I think that’s one of the reasons why his arm is so strong. He can make most of the passes. He’s probably looser in the upper body than (Marcus) Mariota. (But) I think . . . he’s got to just do a better job of being able to look people off. I think he relies so much on his study – and he’s a big studier. Voracious in the film room, keeps notebooks on former teams. He’s that kind of study guy. So if he sees something, he’s going after it after he looks at it in the pre-snap. He’s going to have to clean it up in the NFL because the NFL will give you a look for you to believe what you study and then change it up on the move.”

With that said, Chavous believes Mariota is the top quarterback in this year’s draft, in part because he is similar to Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton in terms of athleticism and style of play.

“That’s what’s winning in the NFC,” Chavous said. “I let the league determine the temperature of the quarterbacks, and he seems to fit that mold.”

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