Early Impressions of 2015 NFL Draft Picks 1-5 by Carl Cockerham 1h ago All 32 NFL teams have been in pads for at least a few practices in their respective training camps. And members of the 2015 draft class are trying to show their teams they’re ready to play now. Whether it be their collegiate backgrounds, physical development or injury, they’ve all progressed differently.The speed that some of them come along obviously depends on how soon each team needs each player to come along. The NFL is around five weeks away from starting the season so there is still plenty of time to be ready. But it’s always nice to check the progress these young players and at this point, each play has made an early impression.Jun 16, 2015; Tampa Bay, FLTampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) throws a pass during minicamp at One Buc Place. Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsJameis WinstonTampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith isn’t wasting with the No. 1 pick of the 2015 draft. He’s already named him the starter for the season and instead of coddling him, he’s challenging him to be great. He and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier have been drawing up complex blitzes and a variety of pass coverages against him.So while the Buc’s defensive players are being prepared, Winston is being challenged on every snap. That’s why Winston was intercepted on two of his first three pass attempts in his first 11-on-11 period of his first padded practice Tuesday. And after, Winston told USA Today, “It’s just new. You’re going to make mistakes. The thing is to bounce back and keep moving forward.”The objective is to expose Winston to different looks while teaching him to walk the thin line of being careful and aggressive. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said, “A gunslinger mentality is good. What we have to also have though is great judgment, because turnovers get you beat.“So that’s the fine line. We all have seen those quarterbacks that are going to check it down every time no matter what. We don’t want that either, because turnovers get you beat the fastest but explosive plays help you win the fastest. It’s a fine line right there; we’re working on it.”Jul 31, 2015; Nashville, TN Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota passes against Titans defensive lineman Karl Klug (97) during his first day of training camp at Saint Thomas Sports Park. Jim Brown-USA TODAY SportsMarcus MariotaIn stark contrast to Winston, Tennessee Titans No. 2 overall Marcus Mariota has been mistake free. According to The Tennessean‘s unofficial training camp stats, he has yet to be intercepted once through four days of training camp. While playing mistake free in camp, he has unofficially completed 67.1 percent of his passes.Mariota isn’t as advanced as Winston is in a pro style system so the Titans approach with Mariota is different. They’re not throwing all the different looks he’ll see just yet but he’s doing a good job of learning to play like an NFL quarterback. Most reports out of camp have him throwing with anticipation and into tight windows, unlike what he did in college.Mariota is actually coming along faster than the Titans thought he would with the basic fundamentals in a pro style offense. Quarterbacks coach John McNulty said, “There were a couple things in his footwork with the run game, and now he’s got it aced. So obviously he worked on that over the five weeks.“It’s just getting out from under center, and getting to different landmarks quick enough so he wasn’t cutting the back off. “It just was a little glitch on how he was taking the snap from under center. We worked on it here, but obviously he had a million things to think about. So we figured, ‘All right, we’ll get that ironed out eventually.’“He came back from the summer and he had it down like he’d been doing it for 20 years.”The kid is learningAmari CooperThere are high hopes and expectations in 2015 for Oakland Raiders rookie receiver Amari Cooper. And the most polished rookie wideout looks like he’s ready for what’s coming to him in the NFL. Cooper is so special, I’m actually has me wondering if the NFL is ready for him these days.Through the first four days of training camp, none of the Raiders corners have been able to stay with him. If a picture is worth 1,000 words, this video has to be worth at least 1,000,000,000 words. Cooper is working against second-year corner Keith McGill, who held Demarious Thomas of the Dever Broncos to three catches on nine targets in Wee 17 last year.Cooper shook him out of his jock at the line, gave it back to him and shook him out of the screen at the top of his route! Someone is going to tear their ACL trying to cover Cooper just like Hall of Fame defensive back Rod Woodson did trying to tackle Barry Sanders. There aren’t many players that can do things like that so get ready NFL!Jul 30, 2015; Richmond, VA Washington Redskins offensive tackle Brandon Scherff (75) stands on the field during afternoon practice on day one of training camp at the Washington Redskins Bon Secours Training Center.Geoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsBrandon ScherffHow well the Washington Redskins do this year will heavily depend on quarterback Robert Griffin III. So knowing that, the took tackle Brandon Scherff to go on the other side of left tackle Trent Williams to protect him. The R.G. III can also use some help from Alfred Morris and the running game, where Scherff also figures to help.After already showing his meanstreak in offseason workouts without pads, Scherff is in training camp. And he has plenty of iron to sharpen his iron with in 3-4 outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. Kerrigan and his 13.5 sacks from 2014, is the strongside linebacker linebacker, who regularly lines up across from Scherff.And Scherff has his hands full as Kerrigan as the two have battled throughout training camp so far. ESPN’s John Keim said, “Kerrigan consistently beats Scherff in one-on-one pass-rush drills, often with quick rips to the outside. But Scherff has done a nice job against him in the run game during full-team work. Did a nice job getting his feet around on an outside zone, preventing Kerrigan from setting the edge.If anything, Scherff is having a good camp just by who he has to work against to get ready for the season.May 8, 2015; Alameda, CA, Oakland Raiders receiver Amari Cooper (89) at rookie minicamp at the Raiders practice facility. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsEven though that’s only four players we covered today, that’s the top five picks in the 2015 NFL Draft. Unfortunately for the Jacksonville Jaguars, No. 3 overall Donte Fowler isn’t doing much now. He tore his ACL within the first 20 minutes of his first offseason workout as a Jaguars back in May.But the rest of the rookies are off to solid starts in training camp given they are all rookies. Winston is on the fast track as the Bucs aren’t waiting for him to get to Week 1 to see differen looks. Mariota is starting slowly but he’s learning the footwork that comes with being an NFL quarterback fast.Cooper looks like the most dominant of the four as the corners on his team can’t stay with him. And Winston, like Scherff, is on the fast track, working against one of the best pass-rushers in the game. All of them are making progress and so far, look like the players the teams thought they were getting when they drafted them.link
Mariotta may not have thrown any INT’s yet, but it appears as though his completion % is pretty close to what Winston has been doing here in Tampa. He’s probably gonna be one of those QB’s who go out and throw 18-24 for 200 yards, one TD and 0 INT’s. Winston on the other hand seems more like a 21-34 for over 300 yards, with 3 TD’s and 2 INT’s. That’s what I’m expecting this year out of both.
“Mariota isn’t as advanced as Winston is in a pro style system so the Titans approach with Mariota is different. They’re not throwing all the different looks he’ll see just yet but he’s doing a good job of learning to play like an NFL quarterback. Most reports out of camp have him throwing with anticipation and into tight windows, unlike what he did in college.”Here's the reason MM looks so good in camp...He's only facing vanilla defenses, while Winston is getting the book thrown at him...
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