While people around the Tampa Bay area are knee deep in a debate between Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota for the Bucs 1st pick in the NFL Draft, one of those quarterbacks might not even be an option.
According to a group of writers for NFL.com that include Bucky Brooks, Lance Zierlein, Chase Goodbread, and Bryan Fischer, Marcus Mariota could be in for a big slide on draft day.
"All these teams high in the draft are all going to see the same things on tape with Mariota, and I'll bet he starts to fall on draft day," one AFC scout told NFL.com. "Once that happens, (Philadelphia Eagles coach) Chip (Kelly) will mortgage the future to go get him. If he misses on him, (Kelly) can just bolt back to college."
Among fans and media, the talk is still that Chip Kelly might try to trade up with the Bucs for the 1st overall pick and select Marcus Mariota. The reality is that he might not have to trade up as high as some people think.
"While it might be premature to label Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota as a "draft day slider" before the NFL Scouting Combine or even his personal workout, we've seen the same concerns on tape that everyone else is seeing in terms of his anticipation, pocket poise and simplicity of scheme."
Bucky Brooks, a former NFL scout, has repeatedly voiced concerns of Mariota's transition to the NFL.
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