All you have to do is watch the game tape and it becomes crystal clear who the better QB prospect is. I hate being "that guy" in making the preceding comment but it fits here; People who are ringing the bell for Mariota either just look at stats and highlight reels, or simply have no idea what they are talking about. Jameis is miles ahead of Martiota in terms of moving onto the pro game. To be fair, some of it isn't Maroita's fault because he's asked to do much less than Jameis is but it still puts him at a major disadvantage. Jameis has to adjust line calls, blitz pickups, site reads, take snaps from center, call audibles etc. while Mariota doesn't have the responsibility to do that, 95% of the time it's all done by the coaches, including audibles.Mariota also isn't anywhere near as accurate as Jameis when it comes to making throws in tight windows. Jameis is much more comfortable in the pocket and delivers a better football from the pocket, while Mariota is more skilled throwing on the run and seems to prefer it. Jameis is also much better at going through his reads while Mariota seems like a one read/check down or one read/take off type guy, very similar to most of the hyped spread option QBs that have failed horribly in the NFL recently.I do not believe that Mariota will be a good pick period, but if you are going to draft the guy he's going to need to sit for a few seasons to learn something Jameis already has been taught in college.If you want to question Jameis due to character concerns, fine...fair game. But on the field it's not a question or doubt that he is the best pro prospect at QB.
I agree with most of this. Miles ahead? It seems like it, and that is just the truth. As a Buc fan, I want what is best for the team. Is it the Duck? Depends. Get a sly coordinator who likes to run what makes Mariota successful, I am all aboard. But with Lovie as the Bucs HC, do you guys honestly believe an old leather helmet like Smith, who has predicated his entire scheme on being tough defensively, will bring a new ager in, then not a chance. A the reason is simple: time of possession. Leaving His defense out to dry is NEVER EVER GOING TO HAPPEN. That would be akin to Chit Kelly running a power I style offense. Not ever gonna happen peeps. But Jameis is good. He had a bad second half to his SOPHMORE year, and had some miscues on the field, almost like he was pressing to hard (again, a maturity issue to the core), but these things can be fixed. Just remember how good he looked last year, and his he looked that good at times this year. Guy is pretty clutch. He has a good field general persona. Teammates love him. He has a huge arm. Great functional mobility to pair with good size (although he needs to learn to slide, and cover up - he takes some massive hits that are completely unnecessary (see Gruden's QB camp in a few weeks for proof). He has a delivery that alters but he is a dime thrower for the most part. It's like a lot of you forgot how well he can sling it...and I could not care less about the Stealing Seminoles. I would LOVE Marcus. But we need a chip kelly style coach for him to dominate in the NFL. Harbaugh would work well with him. But is that going to happen? And would Harbaughs oil go well with Ducks water? I prefer Crab Rape. He was nasty good at times this year, and ridiculous last year. And he actually moves his head on a swivel. Dig it!