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Jameis Winston does not lack confidence

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston talks with the

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston talks with the media during a news conference at the NFL scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Credit: AP / Doug McSchooler

INDIANAPOLIS - Let's just say Jameis Winston isn't short on confidence.

Armed with a smile and some entertaining one-liners, the quarterback out of Florida State made it clear Friday that he believes he's capable of leading an NFL team to the playoffs.

"I'm in it to win games and be the face of someone's franchise," he said. "This is no competition between just me and [Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota], because one thing about me, I plan on winning the Super Bowl next year, so it's going to be me vs. Peyton Manning and Jameis vs. Tom Brady.

"I want to be viewed like that. After all this Combine stuff, you're not going to hear no more about Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. I want my name to stay relevant for the next 15 or 20 years of my career."

Amid reports that he experienced weakness in his throwing shoulder during this week's NFL Scouting Combine, Winston said his right arm feels "great" and that he plans on throwing during his workouts at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"I've got the same shoulder I had the past two years at Florida State," he said, adding that he had an MRI on his shoulder Wednesday "just like everyone else."

According to, Winston had electromyography tests at a nearby hospital to assess the muscles and nerves around his right shoulder.

During his media session, Winston also tried to alleviate concerns about his conditioning. "A lot of people thought I was fat, but I'm here, I'm proving everybody wrong. I look good and I know it," said Winston, who weighed in Thursday at 231 pounds.

It's widely assumed that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will scoop him up with the first overall pick, but there are plenty of quarterback-needy teams, such as the Jets, who have spent the past week interviewing Winston in an effort to gauge whether he's ready for the next level.

Winston's off-the-field transgressions range from a grocery-store theft of crab legs, to shouting profane words inside the university's student union, to a rape accusation that never led to criminal charges.

"First off, before we start anything, I want to let you all know I know I made mistakes and I know I have a past," he said just after stepping to the podium. "But right now, it's about me moving forward and earning the trust of all of these 32 teams out there."

Based on talent alone, Winston appears to be NFL-ready.

Though he admits his confidence can be misconstrued as arrogance, he is comfortable knowing he might be the first quarterback picked.

"I think it would just be a privilege to play in Tampa, period," he said. "With the Florida State fan base and everything I've been involved with in the state of Florida and by coach [Lovie] Smith speaking highly of me, that lets me know if I'm a part of their program, I already have a trust factor in with him and now all I have to do is accept his trust and gain his trust to help him out."

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