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.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at email@example.com
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