Mike Mayock has Mariota Ahead of Winston

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The majority of NFL and draft experts, with NFL insiders and everyone else who matters for ESPN and NFL Network agree that Jameis Winston is the best QB in the draft. Despite this, there are a few oddballs who say that Marcus Mariota is indeed, the top QB. One of those oddballs is NFL Network draft analyst, Mike Mayock. In an article for NFL.com, Mayock explained his reasoning behind flipping the two QBs on his draft board.

Mayock praises Mariotas decision making and knack for taking care of the football.

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Mayock praises Mariota’s decision-making and knack for taking care of the football.

Interestingly, Mayock is one of the first people to appreciate that Oregon’s offensive scheme is actually quite complex and not just running the same play over and over again. Mayock praised Mariota’s success within Oregon’s offense by saying, “… the more tape that I’ve watched, the more I’ve appreciated what he’s been asked to do …” and said, “He reads combination routes, takes tremendous care of the football, and he wins games.”

So, while everyone else has Mariota dropping further and further in the draft, Mayock believes he is the best QB in the draft.

Mayock also said that he trusts Mariota both on and off the field, more than he does Winston, highlighting that Winston “… continued to put his team at a disadvantage almost weekly …” by making poor decisions on the field. Off the field, it is well known that Winston has a history of making bad choices and being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Lets not forget that Mariota is a much better athlete than Winston as well.

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Let us not forget that Mariota is a much better athlete than Winston as well.

However, in the end, even Mayock doesn’t believe that Mariota will go No. 1 overall because Winston is a better fit for what the first draft selector, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, wants to do next season. Furthermore, Winston is also something of a folk hero in Florida, so passing on him is likely to be a mistake by the Buccaneers front office.

Mayock brought up an interesting point, stating that, “The bigger question is what happens with Tennessee at No. 2. … That’s really where the suspense will start.”

This is very interesting, because everyone else is talking about how low Mariota could go, Mayock is envisioning a scenario where “… they(Tennessee) try to trade that pick …”, thus having a team gamble their future — a la the Washington Redskins – to draft Mariota.

Ultimately, the NFL draft is going to be particularly interesting for Oregon Duck fans, with potentially three Ducks going in the first round and Mariota going anywhere from No. 2 – 17 according to “experts.”

Top Photo by Craig Strobeck

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Noah Smith

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Noah is an undergraduate student from just outside of New Orleans, Louisiana. Noah is currently pursuing a communications degree with the goal of becoming a sports journalist. Noah is a die hard Duck fan, mainly because of his obsession with football's X's and O's. In his free time he enjoys watching both pro and college football games,playing and listening to music, and drawing up his own playbooks.


    Is he really the only ODDBALL who thinks Marcus is better than Winston, HELL NO! Marcus stats alone are way better than Winston’s and if you put them side by side with what they have done Mariota’s is way better. Marcus has the ability to really achieve big time thing’s at the next level and this is exactly why so many teams are now very interested in him. PAC 12 play is way better than the conference Winston played in and just on the interceptions alone Winston who threw 18 picks just last year and with the best talent by star accounts he should of done way better! Marcus threw what 13 picks throughout his 3 seasons as QB here in Oregon and that alone says Marcus know’s what to do with the Football! I say of all NFL QB’s he reminds me of Green Bay’s QB in so many ways! Don’t be surprised if Tampa Bay figures this out on draft day and he becomes the 1st Oregon player ever drafted NO.1. Winston just by his off field ” STUPID ACTIVITY’S ” makes him a real high RISK for any Team to draft. Mariota will prove that he will be the BEST Player regardless of position in 2015 draft!

    You don’t here of teams interested in moving up to get Winston do you, NO all the so called talk in NFL circles is about the Hawaiian not the ” ALLEGED RAPIST ” whom by the way has another so called Allegation against him. The guy is a clear cut ” IDIOT ” who really sounds very uneducated when the microphone is in front of him.