Two weeks ago it was announced that former FSU quarterback Jameis Winston was working out with QB coach George Whitfield in San Diego preparing for he upcoming NFL Combine in Indianapolis (Feb. 17) and this week word came out that Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota was also training in San Diego.
Mariota’s choice of coach – Kevin O’Connell – is expected to join the Cleveland Browns as an assistant and has led some to connect the dots that Cleveland will attempt to move up to draft Mariota. O’Connell worked with Browns 2014 first round pick Johnny Manziel last year.
Cleveland is in a quarterback quandary with Manziel currently in treatment for alcohol issues, and 2014 starter Brian Hoyer an unrestricted free agent. The Browns now find themselves in need of a quarterback once again. With two first round picks in the 2015 draft (No. 12, 19) the Browns may be better equipped to tempt the Buccaneers or if Mariota falls, another team, to give up their pick in return for the Browns’ two first rounders.
Mariota, who was injured in the national championship game against Ohio State, still hasn’t declared if he will throw at the combine next week.
“Right now we’re still making that decision, whether to throw at the Combine. I had to kinda rest about a week-and-a-half,” Mariota told Hawaii’s Star Advertiser last month. “I sprained the AC joint (in his right, throwing, shoulder). But now, I’m able to throw. Feels good.”
Mariota has also chosen Rep 1 in Irvine,CA to be his agency. Rep 1 also represents quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Blake Bortles among more than a dozen NFL clients.
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Lets hope your correct JB
Damn it, even as a Winston fan, I can’t stop laughing at that pic. That was 26 loses worth of games all rolled into one.
Mariota will not be the pick for The Bucs- we don’t have an Oline to protect him or enough weapons on offense to help him to succeed.if Cleveland give us their two first this year and first and second next year,I would be tempted to trade – esp. If they are targeting Mariota- this will yield some decent meat this year and next since Marcus is a project…we could end up picking twice in the top 10 next year as well as in the second round- with a new coach( Lovie will have to get the boot after another losing season) and possible GM- having 4 picks in the top 45 players or so could bring us a real HC…
Wouldn’t not having an O-line be more of a detriment to a pocket passer like Winston? We can’t fix our entire O-line with rookies in one offseason. That’s one of the reasons I want Mariota, he doesn’t need a great pass blocking O-line to be effective.
If Mariota is able to throw now; what would prevent him from throwing at the Combine?
That is my question. I think he could do himself a world of good by throwing at the combine.
Stop the trading down nonsense. The Bucs haven’t had a real quarterback in forever. The Bucs haven’t had the excitement of the first overall pick since 87. The extra picks won’t fill the stands like Winston, or M.M. will. But we need an O line S.D. no Q.B. can succeed with our line. Ahh we have seven picks, and free agency, why can’t we do both? Yeah we need a pass rush too, but not like we need a passer.
If someone actually thinks they need to see a qb wear shorts and throw at the combine for an evaluation is sorely misguided, pro days and combine’s are for stop watches, watch game tape for the evaluation
You’re right Jon, but you point out the problem. There is no game tape of Mariota playing out of a pro-set!
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