Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, and the Pre-draft Rookie Quarterback Rankings

I think if I were going to attempt to boil down our outlook on QBs this year to a couple of principal components I would focus on the following:
  • Marcus Mariota will create fantasy points with his legs
  • Jameis Winston has some question marks as a prospect because he was mistake prone in his final season
  • Mariota is otherwise an incredibly young and accomplished prospect
  • The rest of the prospects will likely be selected in the dead zone of the draft where odds of becoming a starter are long
The interesting thing is that while I don’t think we probably have any special knowledge as it relates to QBs, if you follow the back and forth as to whether Mariota and Winston might flip flop in draft position, you get the sense that it might be a coin flip as to who the better prospect is. Maybe there are more people in the Winston camp, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are also the largest stakeholders, but there are also a lot of people in the Mariota camp. When that is known I would say that even if we don’t know very much about QBs, we probably have about as much chance of being right as anyone.

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