Mayock: Mariota the Project

Draft analysts can say whatever they want over the next few months, but if they say something a fan doesn't like, the response is always, "well, they're not Mike Mayock." Well, Mike Mayock has spoken again about the top two quarterbacks. He says one projects well on the field, and the other is just a project.

Draft analysts can say whatever they want over the next few months, but if they say something a fan doesn't like, the response is always, "well, they're not Mike Mayock." Well, Mike Mayock has spoken again about the top two quarterbacks. He says one projects well on the field, and the other is just a project.

"It's not a real good quarterback draft," Mayock told Philadelphia radio station WPEN-FM, per Philadelphia magazine (via NFL.com). "You've got two quarterbacks that are head-and-shoulders above everyone else, and even they have their own holes -- one on the field (Mariota) and one off the field (Florida State's Jameis Winston)."

By now, most of you realize the positives and negatives with each quarterback. When Mike Mayock says it, you tend to believe it more.

"From a physical trait perspective, he has everything you want," Mayock said of Mariota. "He's big, he's athletic, he's got great feet and he's got a live arm. So on the surface, the individual components all work. The problem is he's a projection coming to the next level because of the pocket awareness, the progressions and the reads."

While most rookie quarterbacks will need some time to develop, there aren't many 1st overall picks that are labeled as "projects" from the get-go. Mariota's concerns are on the field, while Mayock explains that Winston's concerns should not be ignored.

"I really like everything I see about him on the field. ... But off the field, I'm scared to death of him," Mayock said of Jameis Winston.

Other NFL Network draft analysts Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks, and Lance Zierlein all have the Bucs selecting Jameis Winston with the top overall selection.

Both quarterbacks have big concerns in very different ways, yet only one of them will be able to try and answer those concerns before the draft, while the other will have to wait until he is on the field with his new team. Advantage...Winston.

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