Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht can't help but get geeked out when it comes to draft season. His talent evaluation side comes out around this time of year and he has no problems showing that.
Heading into the NFL Scouting Combine this week, Licht was not sure if he would be able to see the top two quarterbacks -- Florida State's Jameis Winston and Oregon's Marcus Mariota -- throw at the combine. He detailed his thoughts to the USA Today on Tuesday.
"We come here and the guys go through their medical exams, but we want to see as many players work out as possible," Licht told USA TODAY Sports. "It's a personal decision. Every player can have a situation, be it an injury or something else, which can lead them to not work out. One way or another, we'll see both of them in an extended workout."
Since then, several reports came out saying that both Mariota and Winston will throw on Saturday with the rest of the quarterback class who will take part in the drills. I have also been told early Wednesday morning that Winston’s camp did not want him throwing but the projected first overall draft pick wanted to participate in all the drills.
Many will view this as a meaningless situation. I have personally stated that Winston doesn’t have to throw but clearly his competitive nature is on display by wanting to take part in drills. Mariota on the other hand is one that many scouts have said should throw and he will.
Licht and many others will get their wish in seeing these two young potential stars perform for them at the combine. It’s one of two phases where team scouts put much emphasis on. The next phase is individual workouts.
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