Breaking Down Winston And Mariota

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 Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.

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.)

  • Good size - 6’4” (or just under), 219-pounds
  • Good speed
  • Rarely takes snaps under center
  • Excellent runner
  • Extends plays using his feet
  • System doesn’t allow for reading him as a passer
  • Rarely goes through his progressions/reads
  • Doesn’t get the ball out quickly
  • Poor footwork on throws
  • Average ball placement and inconsistent
  • Bad with downfield throws
  • Short completions turn into long gains
  • Excels in decision making
  • Doesn’t force throws
  • Mechanical and accuracy flaws

    Winston (Click here for the full report.)

  • Excellent size - 6’4”, 235-pounds
  • Not a burner, but plenty of speed
  • Quick feet with good change of direction and body control
  • Some snaps from under center
  • Good command
  • Shows he can change plays and protections at the line
  • Quick setup from under center or in the spread
  • Good mechanics with a quick release
  • Does a good job setting feet to throw
  • Strong arm but inconsistently drives the ball
  • Ability to go through progressions/reads
  • Makes throws necessary for the NFL
  • Good touch on throws, accuracy, and good ball placement
  • Throws from the pocket or on the run
  • Ability to extend plays with his feet
  • Good pocket presence, instincts
  • Took a lot of chances this season
  • Consistently shows ability to bring back team from deficits

    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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