Many have offered up their opinions on who the Bucs should draft with their first pick in the 2015 draft. While some have just pinned a name to the pick -- general consensus is one of the Top 2 quarterbacks -- not many have provided analysis for it. That is until former NFL Scout Greg Gabriel decided to provide his analysis for both Florida State's Jameis Winston and Oregon's Marcus Mariota.
No, Gabriel does not mock the draft and doesn’t say which team should draft either of the two. His report is simply an in-depth analysis after evaluating the two prospects. Below are some highlights from Gabriel of each.
Mariota (Click here for the full report.)
Winston (Click here for the full report.)
Gabriel ends his analysis on Mariota saying he is very talented but is no where near being a finished product. Adds that his flaws are correctable but adds that “quarterbacks who struggle with accuracy in college don’t get better in the NFL.”
For Winston, Gabriel states he is the better prospect of the two and says that on the field Florida State’s quarterback is better. But his off-the-field stuff makes him worry and adds he wouldn’t draft him in any round.
I have stated countless times, several scouts have said that Winston’s off-the-field stuff is media driven and have no concerns over what has been reported per their findings. However, they do add that until Winston officially declares himself eligible for the draft, they can not properly research the alleged claims with him directly. They all agree that his leadership in the locker room and during games is by far the best they’ve seen.
I’ve said all along that Mariota will have to be placed in the right environment and system to potentially be successful while Winston is the most pro-ready quarterback out of the two. Both have the potential to be very good quarterbacks down the road.
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