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.
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.
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
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.
New! Oregon Sports News and Articles Curated Every Day for All Duck Fans!
Want to read all the Oregon Sports Articles in one place? Check out our new FishDuck Feed for Oregon Sports News and Articles aggregated every day for Duck fans and it is free. Over 50 articles curated in one day recently!
The Our Beloved Ducks Forum (OBD) is where we we discuss the article above and many more topics, as it is so much easier in a message board format over there. At the free OBD forum we will be posting Oregon Sports article links, the daily Press Releases from the Athletic Department and the news coming out every day.
Be a part of the forum and stay caught up! When you wish to post there, do know that you are protected just as you were on FishDuck. Join us on the free forum right here!
Our 33 rules at the free OBD Forum can be summarized to this: 1) be polite and respectful, 2) keep it clean, and 3) no reference of any kind to politics. Easy-peasy!
OBD Forum members….we got your back. No Trolls Allowed!