Former Florida State QB Jameis Winston dominated at the NFL combine and proved that he should be taken No. 1 overall over former Oregon QB Marcus Mariota. He made all of the throws with ease. What’s most impressive about Winston’s combine is the fact that he doesn’t know these receivers and he looked like he had been playing with them for years.
“His touch and accuracy is scary at times,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said.
It was apparent throughout all of the drills Winston took part in that his accuracy is amazing. When the receivers were running over-the-shoulder drills, Winston placed balls perfectly for the receivers. In his five- and seven-step drop drills, he fired darts to receivers. His footwork in these drills was praised by future QB Kurt Warner.
“What I love about Jameis is he always gets his cleats in the ground,” said Warner, now an NFL Network analyst. “He’s not ever throwing with his toes up or on his toes. … You see a kid that understands how to make different throws.”
The only negative notch for Winston on the day was his 4.97 40-yard dash time, but it’s nothing to worry about. Throughout his career at Florida State, he showed tremendous pocket presence and has an ability to escape sacks, just like Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger. In comparison with Winston, former Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, who has a chance to go No. 1 overall, ran a 4.52 40.
Mariota also had a great combine performance. He has great athleticism, good accuracy and an above-average arm, but the offense he comes out of does hurt him. It will take time to transition to a pro-style offense.
The main separation that I have seen between the two quarterbacks is their football IQ. NFL personnel have compared Winston to Peyton Manning. Can the Tampa Bay Buccaneers really pass on Peyton Manning? I think not.
Top performers during day 2 of on-field workouts:
Fastest 40-yard dash time: Marcus Mariota, Oregon, 4.52 seconds
Most reps on the bench press: Gerald Christian, Louisville, 28 reps
Best vertical jump: Auburn, Nick Marshall, 37.5 inches
Furthest broad jump: Bryan Bennett, Southeastern Louisiana, 125 inches
Fastest 40-yard dash time: J.J. Nelson, UAB, 4.29 seconds
Most reps on the bench press: Three tied for 1st with 28 reps: Sammie Coates, Auburn; Geremy Davis, Connecticut; Kevin White, West Virginia
Best vertical jump: Chris Conley, Georgia, 45 inches
Best broad jump: Chris Conley, Georgia, 139 inches
Fastest 40-yard dash: Jeremy Langford, Michigan St., 4.42 seconds
Most reps on the bench press: Joey Iosefa, Hawaii, 30 reps
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