Former Oregon QB Marcus Mariota was injured in the national championship game against Ohio State, suffering a joint sprain, and last month it was revealed he was still deciding if he was planning on throwing at the NFL Scouting Combine which kicks off this week in Indianapolis. So far their has been no update on his participation.
On Monday, former Noles star Jameis Winston’s trainer, George Whitfield, told Jim Corbett of the USA Today that Winston hasn’t made up his mind whether he plans to showcase his arm at Lucas Oil Stadium, or follow the recent trend of top quarterbacks declining to throw at the Combine, instead waiting for their Pro Day.
“It’s a game-time decision,” Whitfield Jr. said. “He’s a very big believer in himself, so it’ll be interesting. He’s prepared to do it. Whether he goes in and does it will probably be determined a couple of days from now.
“At this time, he hasn’t made a decision.”
In years past most players fully participated at the Combine but in recent years more players have chosen to skip some of the workouts, including quarterbacks in particular. The line of thinking is, if you are a consensus Top 10 pick, why risk having a bad day with mostly unfamiliar receivers? Mariota and Winston’s stock won’t rise with a terrific Combine performance, but could be damaged with a poor day.
Of course waiting until the Pro Day can sometimes backfire, as it did for former Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater who had an up and down showing at his Pro Day last spring, causing his stock to slip. Bridgewater was eventually selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the 32nd pick in the first round of last year’s NFL Draft.
You can almost bet if Mariota and Winston do indeed participate in the passing drills next Saturday, it will be against the advisement of their agents and handlers.
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I think physique only matters at the skill positions. I’d obviously much rather draft Mariota than Winston but it’s not because Mariota has the better physique. That type of thinking is why the best LT we’ve had in years D. Penn is playing for the Raiders. I’m still pissed about that.
did you see the picture pink? Its actually pretty funny. I agree with you, physic means nothing at the QB position. Brady Quinn was built like a he man figure and that didn’t help much. And manning just isn’t very built, never has been.
Yeah, I saw it. The belt did indeed make it look worse, but you could see even in his pads and jersey in college that he had a little pudge on his stomach. However, like we said that doesn’t matter.
The physique of the QB is very important if the player is a running/scrambling QB. If he’s a pocket passer, the height and size is more important. However, when you look at the new generation of great QB’s, they have a bit of both. Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, Colin Kapernick, and Cam Newton have great size and athleticism. They may have differences like awareness, game intelligence, accuracy, and touch but a common thread is they all had success behind sub par offensive lines. Also, they have the respect of their team mates because of their work ethic and maturity. Mariotta should be the Bucs pick.
Mariota or WInston? I haven’t read one publication that has any team trading up to get Winston if he is passed by the Bucs. Mariota on the other hand? There are multiple scenarios where pundits and press have this team or that going up to get Mariota(and for a king’s ransom). Bucs: Stay put and take Marcus!
It’s the media and fans of the Eagles, not the teams, BucWild2. No team is revealing their true intentions. Trading up for Winston or Mariota isn’t going to happen with our pick. Maybe the Titan’s.
It’s not just the Eagles Scubog, it’s also the Browns.
And you think that makes Mariota the prize? Fan talk, all the same.
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