There aren't many more critical analysts of NFL quarterbacks than NFL Films' senior producer Greg Cosell. He is as fair as they come, and usually pretty accurate. While he doesn't normally break down collegiate athletes until draft season, he analyzed two of Jameis Winston's game films, and liked what he saw.
Greg Cosell joined Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio on Thursday and jumped right into Jameis Winston.
"I really liked what I saw," Cosell said of Jameis Winston. "I think he's the kid with the instincts of a pocket passer. He's strong in the pocket. He reads coverage. At times he's a little reckless and careless with his decision making, so you have to decide if that will carry over and what you can teach there. He's a confident thrower, so he'll throw it into windows."
"I thought what he really showed, it's so important as you transition to the NFL, is he (Winston) showed natural anticipation," Cosell said. "In two games I watched, I must have seen five or six really good anticipation throws before receivers came out of breaks. That's critical."
The Bucs recently hired Dirk Koetter as their new offensive coordinator. After spending the last three seasons helping Matt Ryan develop from the pocket as a quarterback, hearing Greg Cosell speak about Jameis Winston's success from the pocket makes the duo a nice match for the future of the Buccaneers.
"In the two games I watched [on film], I thought he was rather impressive," Cosell said.
Strong compliments coming from Cosell, who is very particular about the type of quarterbacks he likes.
Cosell did explain that the two games he watched were FSU's victories over Notre Dame and Louisville. It should be noted that Jameis Winston played about as poorly a 1st half as he has his entire career in that Louisville game, yet Cosell was still very impressed.
"The skill-set is clearly there. He's got potentially high level traits and attributes to play NFL quarterback," Cosell said.
The Bucs will have quite a debate on their hands over the next several months. Marcus Mariota is the quiet leader with running ability and a clean background, while Jameis Winston is the much better quarterback on the field, but has issues off the field.
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