Winston or Mariota…the clear topic of discussion between any real football fans at the moment. On the eve of the NFL draft we reached out to former NFL QB Neil O’Donnell to weigh in on the subject.
What are your impressions walking into this year’s draft?
Neil O’Donnell: It will be a tough year for General Managers with the top 5 picks. Unlike other years, there is no clear franchise player available in this draft. The lack of Andrew Luck type players will make it difficult for teams to draft a player that will overhaul their team and help make a run at the playoffs. At first glance, the talent simply isn’t there.
Is Winston worthy of the number one pick?
Neil O’Donnell: There is no doubt that Jameis Winston is a solid QB and posted impressive results as FSU but I would be weary of selecting him first overall. The off field issue are worrisome and what frightens me the most is how Winston reacts when things don’t go his way. He seems to be easy flustered and his frustration gets the better of him. The NFL is not a place where you can lose your concentration and be successful.
Is Mariota worth the gamble?
Neil O’Donnell: I was impressed with Mariota’s play at Oregon, especially his speed and ability to make decisions on the move. Being able to buy time in today’s NFL is essential. Mariota has shown that he is a reliable QB and can be deemed as this years “safe” pick. Will he become a franchise QB?…time will tell.
If you had the #1 Pick, who would you select?
Neil O’Donnell: Acting as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I would select…Jameis Winston and keep the FSU QB in the state of Florida. The Bucs need a big name and are looking for a superstar to generate some excitement in 2015. Winston will certainly generate some attention, in one way or another.