Originally Posted by PleaseSayTheBaby23
Jameis carried his team with the help of the best WR in FSU history on paper and a beast TE in Oleary
exactly what weapons did MM8 have last night in the air?
MM8 did good for what he had last night he almost threw for 400 yards still
He is very smart and has a high football IQ so he will pick up things fast but he has to sit or else he will be doomed from the gate
Mariota to the Patriots would be the perfect situation! He fits the character of those guys and he can learn from Tom and wont be pressured to play year 1,2, and 3
I don't think their is any doubt how smart Mariota is. Unfortunately, that's not a guarantee that you can translate to the NFL. Kaepernick, Brady Quinn and Ponder are all smart.
There's just not precision in his mechanics. CP said it perfectly...He's catching the ball out of shotgun, maybe he does a zone read PA, but other than that he just bounces and shuffles a bit then heaves the ball. It almost looks like he pushes the ball at times. You can work on those things, sure, but it's time consuming and takes a lot of practice hours for the uncertainity that he eventually does mold himself into an NFL-type passer. That's not worth a first round pick to me. He needs to sit and sit a few years, but the NFL doesn't work that way. You get drafted, you're expected to be ready. Unfortunately, a lot of Q's are thrusted into action sooner than their ready. Their athleticism holds up well out of the gate, but when defenses adjust and film adds up, the quarterback -- who all his life relied on being the best athlete and never fully developed the mental side -- is forced to make decisions. Decisions that go against instincts and force them to try and play a new way. Enter a new learning period. Kaep is going through it now.
Jameis, with weapons or not, has the look of an NFL quarterback. From his drop, to subtle pocket movements and has shown the ability to throw pinpoint passes in small windows. He's struggled at times, but he's just so further along than Mariota is. It's easier to work on decision making than it is mechanics because you're training your mind to recognize certain things as do's or don'ts. Mariota not only needs to adjust to that with the speed of NFL defenses, but also needs to tune up his mechanics. That's A LOT to work on.
Where Jameis has problems -- and why I'd be hesitant to draft him high -- is that he has a little too much Manziel in him. That is, off the field decisions making is poor.
This QB draft class is pretty weak, but I still think in terms of football only...Jameis is well ahead of the pack. So grateful Minnesota lucked out with Teddy because teams in need of a quarterback might end up spinning their wheels for a few years by taking one of these guys.