Former Bucs GM Says He Would Take Mariota No. 1 Overall

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Mark Dominik, former Tampa Bay GM and now analyst for ESPN, weighed in on which QB (Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston) he believes the Bucs should take first overall. The article, a mock situation in which Dominik is the GM of Tampa Bay again, is just one more example of the never-ending debate about which QB will be better in the NFL.

Dominik believes Mariota will be a better pro than Winston.

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Dominik believes Mariota will be a better pro than Winston.

For starters, Dominik dismisses the notion of taking anyone but a QB at No. 1, saying, “It is too important that we solidify the quarterback position long term.”

He then elaborates, ”I feel as though the things we want to improve or develop with Mariota are correctable, whereas the things we worry about with Winston are out of our control.” Dominik is of course addressing the off-field issues Winston struggled with during his tenure at FSU.

Of course, the former Bucs GM was sold on more than just Mariota’s personality traits. Dominik’s analysis of Mariota is this:

“He has great size, arm strength, a clean release, very good athleticism that can cover for some of his weaknesses earlier in his career, but most importantly, I think he is a smart, competitive and passionate guy.”

The selling point and ultimately the reason why Mariota is the better choice in Dominik’s eyes, is that “one of the most important parts of being a successful NFL quarterback is having the entire locker room see you put the time in. There’s no question to me that Mariota will be the first one in, last one out.”

Dominik was Tampa Bay’s GM from 2009-2013, and certainly still has connections to the organization. Although his opinion ultimately doesn’t mean anything, Dominik’s insight provides a lot better prospective than most.

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Caleb Couturie

Caleb Couturie

Caleb is a sophomore at the University of Oregon intending to double major in Journalism and Sports Management. He is the Managing Editor for, along with being a lifetime Saints and San Francisco Giants fan, as Caleb fell in love with sports at a young age and developed that love into a passion for sports analysis. He is looking forward to cheering on the Ducks throughout his career at Oregon, and is always willing to talk sports with any fellow fan.

  • Matthew Montgomery

    I believe it is mainly due to Mariota’s character. The fact that Mariota has all the talent, as well, is secondary. While I don’t necessarily agree that Winston cannot mature and put in the time, it is likely that once the money hits him, he could become a liability. Second, I think his physical gifts are less than Mariota’s. The question remains, though, can Mariota learn up to the level needed for the NFL? I belive so. Hasn’t Mariota been Winning The Day for some 4 years now? Seriously. The only thing Winston has won are a few court cases (I couldn’t resist). I wish them both well and that each of them puts in the time and gets the credit they deserve. The youth of today need role models more than ever.