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Jameis Winston probably out of Rams' reach in draft

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston's father made it official Wednesday morning, telling ESPN.com's David M. Hale that his son will be entering the 2015 NFL draft.

That Winston is turning pro should be no surprise and it's certainly good news for the St. Louis Rams in that it at the very least adds another top quarterback to the mix. The Rams are in desperate need of a franchise quarterback, and though they intend to bring Sam Bradford back next year, coach Jeff Fisher has made it very clear they're looking for someone "outside the building" to compete with Bradford.

In many ways, Winston would be a good fit for the Rams. He has the playmaking ability and skills that have ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay saying things like “on the field, between the lines, Jameis Winston is the best QB, and I believe the best player, in the 2015 NFL draft.”

And while Winston comes with red flags off the field, the Rams have showed no fear in taking players with questionable backgrounds. Since Fisher arrived in 2012, they've rolled the dice on players such as cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson and linebacker Alec Ogletree.

But the reality is that even with those red flags, Winston probably isn't going to fall to the Rams' pick at No. 10, and neither is Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, should he turn pro. Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Oakland, Washington, the New York Jets and Chicago are among the teams in front of the Rams that could be interested in a top quarterback, even if some are denying that at this early stage.

That means the Rams would probably have to make a bold move up to even have a shot at Winston. Fisher hinted last week that such a move might not be out of the question, though he wasn't specifically talking about any individual player.

Should Winston somehow slip to No. 10, the Rams can and should give him strong consideration. But if they have to pay a hefty price to go get him, the off-field issues surrounding him would make that a most dangerous game.