Photos from Oregon QB Marcus Mariota's private workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Eugene, Oregon.
Bruce Feldman knows a thing or two about quarterbacks.
He is the author of The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks, which was published in 2014 and has garnered rave reviews. In his book, he chronicles George Whitfield, known as "The Quarterback Whisperer" in addition to Johnny Manziel, Russell Wilson and the business of professional quarterbacks as a whole.
The QB is one of several books he's published. He co-authored Swing Your Sword, which reached the New York Times' best-seller list in 2011, along with Meat Market: Inside the Smash-Mouth World of College Football Recruiting and *Cane Mutiny: How the Miami Hurricanes Overturned the Football Establishment. *He's also spent time working with ESPN and CBS Sports before joining FOX Sports in 2014.
In a conversation with Buccaneers.com, Feldman discussed Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and the No. 1 pick in this year's draft.
Here's what he had to say:
Photos from Florida State QB Jameis Winston's private workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tallahassee, Florida.
ON JAMEIS WINSTON:** "When you look at Jameis, he's so strong in the pocket. I know a D-Line coach in the ACC who said that people don't realize just how strong Jameis is to try to get him down and that's going to bode well for him. Let's not kid ourselves, there's going to be a big transition for him going from Florida State's 'pro offense' to the NFL but I think what he does is more conducive."
ON MARCUS MARIOTA, OREGON'S SYSTEM: "Every quarterback has to play in a system, it's just ultimately who those guys are that are in it. There are very few college styles that have been a consistent producer of elite quarterbacks. You could say David Cutcliffe did it because he had the Mannings and had a couple of guys that have gotten into the NFL. But even his offense, it's different now than what it was when was when he was running the offense in Tennessee. What it is – I think that's maybe an over-simplification and people are trying to find fault in things."
ON WHO SHOULD GO No. 1: "I think Jameis has less questions on the field," Feldman said. "He has sky-high confidence, which I like. I don't think that's a turn-off at all. I like that. I like how his teammates respond to him and everything like that. Everything you hear inside the FSU program from those people has been solid so I think there are less questions with him. But I still might take Marcus. I think there are more questions with him on the field but I think there are no questions with him off the field and for that reason I'd probably take Marcus if I had to go with one."