The two most recent Heisman Trophy winners battled Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine to convince the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that they were worthy of the No. 1 overall draft pick. But their measurements and performance mostly reinforced what anyone watching football the past couple of years already knew—Marcus Mariota is the far better athlete at quarterback but Jameis Winston more than measures up for teams seeking a conventional pocket passer.
With his blistering 4.52-second 40-yard dash time and quickness running the shuttle, Mariota is most comparable to Seattle’s Russell Wilson, based on the combine performance of current NFL starting quarterbacks. In another measure of explosiveness—the combine’s vertical leap drill—Mariota exactly ma...
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