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Succession plans for Jameis Winston, nine other top NFL draft picks

4/27/2015

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- Sean Maguire is not Jameis Winston. That statement from Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher isn’t meant to denigrate Maguire, it has been used the past couple of months to remind Maguire, the team’s redshirt junior quarterback, to be himself.

“Sometimes he feels like he has to be Jameis, and he doesn’t,” Fisher said last week. “I don’t have to be Bobby Bowden. I don’t have to be Nick Saban. I have to be Jimbo. He’s just got to be Sean. That’s what we want him to be, because we think Sean can be pretty good."

With Winston gone this spring, Maguire was able to get a bit more comfortable in his own skin. The job is not 100 percent his, but Fisher indicated Maguire has a big lead to be the Seminoles' next quarterback.

Including Winston, the likely No. 1 NFL draft pick later this week, this is how college programs are working to replace their top draft prospects.