You hear the debate on what separates Oregon's Marcus Mariota and Florida State's Jameis Winston. Opinions vary from one being a better athlete to the other having better accuracy. But head coach Lovie Smith has own opinion on the matter.
Smith and Co. watched both Mariota and Winston closely from the NFL Scouting combine over the weekend. After studying them at the combine, Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com caught up with Lovie Smith who shared his thoughts on both prospects.
"Marcus is of course a great athlete. He showed that [Saturday]," Smith said. "Jameis' strengths are more throwing the football. We're seeing both of them do what they do best."
Based off of Lovie's words, it seems like he is acknowledging Winston being the better quarterback. Especially since throwing the football is very important for a quarterback. Just in case some may have forgotten.
Mariota did display his athletic ability as he posted better numbers in certain areas like the 40-yard dash and the vertical. While those are looked at to a certain degree, they are not used to make any final decisions on who the team should draft.
A source close to the Buccaneers says the team does not record 40-yard dash times because they find it to be irrelevant to the position. But there is always a group that'll think otherwise.
Whichever direction Tampa Bay elects to go, logic says to go get yourself a franchise quarterback and not an "athlete" at the position. That quarterback being Winston but in today's NFL, you never know.
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