With the anticipation of Oregon's Marcus Mariota declaring for the 2015 NFL Draft after Monday's National Championship Game, the debate for whom the Bucs will select with the 1st overall pick should explode. For one analyst, Mariota shouldn't be in the conversation.
Appearing on 97.5 The Fanatic, ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer prepared most for a potential slide for Marcus Mariota.
"I personally don't think Marcus is a pro-ready quarterback," said Dilfer. "I don't think he's a guy that can play right away. I think he's a guy that has to sit for a year or two, learn an NFL system. I think as this process goes on you're going to see Marcus Mariota's stock drop a little bit because he is not pro-ready.
"He's a phenomenal talent. He's a great kid. But he's not ready to play in a traditional system. I am not completely from the school of thought that Marcus is going to go in those top two, three, four, five picks. I think there's a chance he may slide a little bit as this draft. And if he gets into the eight, nine, 10, even early teens, there may be an opportunity for Philly to move and get him if they want him that bad."
This matches what most "NFL" and "football" people have been saying about Mariota. He is a phenomenal talent and could develop, but it may take some time and may never happen. Like it or not, it is tough finding successful college spread quarterbacks being successful in the NFL.
As for Trent Dilfer's thoughts on Jameis Winston. While, he said Winston's a bright kid who "lacks wisdom," Dilfer believes Winston will be "great in the NFL.
"He's the best quarterback to enter the NFL since Andrew Luck," Dilfer said. "He's ready to go day one in the NFL."
The Bucs will make their selection on the night of April 30th.
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