Mariota or Winston?

mariota-win_fullMariota or Winston, that’s the question the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are faced with in the 2015 NFL draft.

The Bucs hold the first overall pick in this year’s draft and must decide whether to select Marcus Mariota, or Jameis Winston with that pick.  Both are former Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks, Mariota won it this past season, while Winston took home the prize following the 2013 season.

If the Bucs were making their decision merely on talent alone, Winston would be the pick hands down.  Jameis Winston is the more polished, NFL ready quarterback of the two.  He has a cannon for an arm, to go along with his pocket presence and confidence. Winston also operated out of a pro-style offense, whereas Mariota engineered Oregon’s high octane spread attack. However, because of off-the-field concerns about Winston, the Bucs have to seriously consider taking Mariota over Winston.

Winston, is going out of his way to change the perception of him off the field, even flying to NY to arrange a meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. However, if I were Tampa, I wouldn’t take the risk of making Winston the face of my franchise. I had the pleasure of meeting Mariota the day after he won his Heisman Trophy and came away thoroughly impressed by him. The humility he displayed and presence he had, to go along with his skills on the field, lends me to think he will have the more celebrated career of these two quarterbacks.

The responsibility that comes with being a starting quarterback in the NFL is unlike any other position in sports. Leadership, accountability, toughness, work ethic, focus, and maturity are just a few of the intangibles needed to play the position.  When considering everything, the answer to their question is simple for Tampa Bay…MARCUS MARIOTA!

London Fletcher

London Fletcher

London Fletcher is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL). Undrafted in 1998, he was signed by the St. Louis Rams as a rookie free agent and became a Super Bowl champion with the team. He was also a member of the Buffalo Bills, where he played for five seasons, and the Washington Redskins, where he played for seven seasons. Fletcher was well known for never missing a game in his career, being one of only four players in NFL history to play in over 250 consecutive games. Fletcher also holds the record for consecutive starts at the linebacker position. He eventually finished his career with 215 consecutive games started, which ties him for 6th all time along with Alan Page and Ronde Barber. London has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user.

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