Legends In The Making: Mariota and Winston at the combine

One for the scrapbook.

Composite image by Glen Wheelock.

One for the scrapbook.

UPDATE: Super Mariota and Famous Jamies perform at the NFL Combine

This weekend, many NFL prospects took the field to display their skills for coaches all across the league, however none were more heavily anticipated than Marcus Mariota and Jamies Winston. Both caught the attention of scouts all day long. But the question still reigns, who do you draft?


A few weeks ago when we looked deeper into this question we only had their college stats and records to compare the two. So this weekend when we got a look to see them go head to head, in drills testing their physical skills, it really opened up to the public who the better athlete was, but not necessarily who the better quarterback was.


The 40-yard dash was probably where the gap was stretched the largest between these two. Mariota displayed an impressive 4.52 (faster than any quarterback in last year’s combine), while on the other hand Winston seemed to disappoint us with a merely 4.97. Nearly the same time as 307 lb, offensive lineman, Ali Marpet. Just so you can grasp how slow that is, Peyton Manning ran a 4.8 coming out of Tennessee.


Mariota also came out with a vertical leap of 36 inches and a broad jump of 10 feet, 1 inch. Winston only managed a 28.5 inches vertical leap and a broad jump of 8 feet, 7 inches. Although when it came to throwing, both did very well, but Jamies seemed more of “a natural” when it came to slinging the ball down field.
Mariota makes it clear that he has more athleticism than his draft counterpart, but does that mean you pass on Winston? If past combines have proven anything, it’s that you can’t always measure how well someone can play just by how far they can jump or how fast they can run. Indian River High School Senior, and New York Football State Champ, Connor Hajdasz “I think both quarterbacks are legends in the making, and you can’t go wrong with picking either of them”.The game is much more complex and there will always be those intangibles that you can’t measure. Just look at Tom Brady.