We all know the debate between Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston is not going away anytime soon. While the debate remains to be which quarterback is better, most fail to see that both quarterbacks have the distinct ability to be successful in the NFL. NFL Network's former scout Daniel Jeremiah jumped in on the debate himself.
"I like Jameis Winston over Marcus Mariota from what I've studied on tape. You're looking at someone who operated pretty much an NFL system, you're looking at someone who can make all the NFL throws, can make those tight window throws, you see him move around within the pocket and do things you have to do at the next level," Jeremiah said on NFL Network Wednesday via NFL.com. "I actually think Jameis Winston is more like Ben Roethlisberger than Blake Bortles was. I'm high on him on the field. Off the field, you have a lot of stuff to sort through and teams have time to do that."
Despite liking Winston over Mariota, Jeremiah still has some admiration for Mariota. Coming from Oregon's specific offense, it's just going to take Mariota a little longer to transition to the NFL, but the patience could pay off.
"Marcus Mariota I think is a long-term play. I think if you draft him for Year One, Year Two, you'll have to incorporate a lot of what he did at Oregon, a lot of the same offensive things, simplify things and let him use his legs. But he could have a nice payoff and develop down the line. If you want someone to just come in and play Day One, in an NFL system and come into your offense, I think it's Jameis Winston."
While I lean towards Winston for the same reasons Daniel Jeremiah stated, I have serious reservations as to whether the Bucs would be willing to take on the risk of Winston even if the reward could be spectacular. It comes down to whether the Bucs would rather have to defend Winston's character right after they select him or if they'd rather take the easy route and select the quarterback that might take longer to develop, but also needs no defending when it comes to his character. Right now, I think the Bucs take the easy way out.
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