If that happens, Florida State will join a club with only 19 other members, including the University of Virginia: Schools that have produced first overall draft picks in two of America's three major sports leagues.
Despite FSU's dominance of the college football landscape in the 1990s, the Seminoles have never had a player taken with the first overall pick. With the New York Mets' selection of pitcher Paul Wilson in the 1994 MLB amateur draft, Winston has FSU perched on the doorstep of history.
Virginia's first overall picks are "Bullet" Bill Dudley in the 1942 NFL Draft to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Ralph Sampson in the 1983 NBA Draft to the Houston Rockets. Danny Hultzen also went 2nd overall to the Seattle Mariners in the 2011 MLB Draft. Chris Long's 2nd overall selection in the 2008 NFL Draft makes him one of nine Cavaliers to be picked in the NFL's first ten picks.
Other ACC schools to complete the two-fer are North Carolina-Chapel Hill (MLB and NBA), Miami (MLB and NFL), NC State (NBA and NFL), Notre Dame (NBA and NFL), and Syracuse (NBA and NFL).
And for the record, UCLA's trifecta was Gerrit Cole (MLB, 2011), Troy Aikman (NFL, 1989), and Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton (NBA, 1969 and 1974 respectively). LSU's was Ben McDonald (MLB, 1989), Billy Cannon and Jamarcus Russell (NFL, 1960 and 2007 respectively), and Shaquille O'Neal (NBA, 1992).
The table below shows each of the 19 programs to complete at least the two-fer, with the first player taken first overall listed in each league. ACC teams are in bold.
|UCLA||Gerrit Cole (2011)||Lew Alcindor (1969)||Troy Aikman (1989)|
|LSU||Ben McDonald (1989)||Shaquille O'Neal (1992)||Billy Cannon (1960)|
|Florida State||Paul Wilson (1994)||Jameis Winston? (2015?)|
|Indiana||Walt Bellamy (1961)||Corbett Davis (1938)|
|Kentucky||John Wall (2010)||Tim Couch (1999)|
|Miami||Pat Burrell (1998)||Vinny Testaverde (1987)|
|Michigan||Cazzie Russell (1966)||Tom Harmon (1941)|
|Michigan State||Magic Johnson (1979)||Bubba Smith (1967)|
|NC State||David Thompson (1975)||Mario Williams (2006)|
|Nebraska||Darin Erstad (1995)||Sam Francis (1937)|
|Notre Dame||Austin Carr (1971)||Angelo Bertelli (1944)|
|Ohio State||Greg Oden (2007)||Tom Cousineau (1979)|
|Oklahoma||Blake Griffin (2009)||Lee Roy Salmon (1976)|
|Oregon||Dave Roberts (1972)||George Shaw (1955)|
|Stanford||Mark Appel (2013)||Bobby Garrett (1954)|
|Syracuse||Derrick Coleman (1990)||Ernie Davis (1962)|
|UNC-Chapel Hill||BJ Surhoff (1985)||Brad Daugherty (1986)|
|Utah||Bill McGill (1962)||Alex Smith (2005)|
|Vanderbilt||David Price (2007)||Bill Wade (1952)|
|Virginia||Ralph Sampson (1983)||Bill Dudley (1942)|