Feb 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterbackJameis Winston
gets measured during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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Here are some thoughts from today’s Combine workouts, specifically on quarterbacks and wide receivers:
On Jameis Winston: Jameis Winston looked like the real deal. He ran the 40 at around five seconds, which is not the highest, but that’s fine. Straight-line speed is not the most important thing for a quarterback. Winston can make all of the throws. Time after time, his throws were on the money and with touch. He was chatting his fellow players up, and already showing leadership qualities.
If he ever fell to number six…..I’m in.
Next: Marcus Mariota
Feb 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oregon Duck quarterbackMarcus Mariota
walks past Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston to warm up during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
On Marcus Mariota: Mariota was a lot better than I expected at today’s Combine events. I mean, the 40 yard dash was no surprise, as he has always been a guy that has used his legs and done it well. His 4.52 was a fast time. The part I was impressed with were his throws. They weren’t consistent, and I still prefer Winston, but he showed a lot better than I expected. He throws a nice deep ball. Mariota needs to get better with his accuracy, specifically ball placement, and that came forward to me today during his Combine throwing drills.
Next: Sammie Coates
Feb 19, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Auburn Tigers wide receiverSammie Coates
speaks to the media during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
On Sammie Coates: Coates did not look good. He ran a nice 4.43 in the 40, but that is not the most important factor. Coates had a bad showing with his hands. He had some drops in his history, and that showed itself when he was doing the Combine drill known as the “Gauntlet”. He is going to have to have a good Pro Day, because his hands are going to be scrutinized big time.
Next: Cooper and White
Feb 20, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, West Virginia wide receiverKevin White
speaks to the media at the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
On Kevin White and Amari Cooper: I lumped both of these guys together because they were the most impressive. White and Cooper had great 40 times, and showed a consistent set of hands, feet, and the ability to run routes. These guys will go high in the draft, and they showed why during their workouts today at the Combine.