Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston Ace Critical Parts at NFL Combine, Earn High Marks


It’s rare the top quarterbacks preparing for the NFL draft to go through the full complement of on-field drills at the scouting combine.

But with Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota facing questions about their NFL potential, the former Heisman Trophy winners chose to throw on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Both quarterbacks appeared to ace that critical part of the combine and further establish themselves as the best two passers in an otherwise questionable quarterback class.

For Winston, his most substantial questions come off the field, with character questions after multiple legal and immaturity issues while at Florida State. He’s been dealing with those issues when meeting with NFL teams in Indianapolis.

But this on-field work was a chance for Winston to show what ultimately might separate him from Mariota and make him the No. 1 pick in the draft on April 30, as the most pro-ready quarterback in this class, thanks to his experience in a pro-style offense at Florida State.

Mariota, the 2014 Heisman winner, had far more on-field questions after playing in Oregon’s spread system, where few of the things he was asked to do for the Ducks will translate directly to an NFL offense. Though Mariota was impressive Saturday, especially after running his 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds, and showed he could make all the required throws with ease, Winston was the star of the day.

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Source: USA Today Sports

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