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NFL draft expert moves Mariota ahead of Winston on ability

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Mike Mayock is one of the top NFL experts when it comes to talking about the NFL Draft and all of the prospects that are about to hit the NFL.

The two most talked about players heading into the 2015 NFL Draft are quarterbacks, and first round prospects, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.

Winston, formerly of Florida State, is the firm favorite amongst most experts to go first overall in the draft, while Mariota, formerly of Oregon, is slated to go second or even lower in the first round.

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Mariota's biggest issue is the fact that he has not taken a snap under center for quite some time, and many NFL teams are likely to be put off by that fact.

Winston on the other hand is expected to go first overall, and this is despite all of the off the field issues that the former Seminoles star has found himself in these last few years.

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Mariota better than Winston on ability?

You will not find many NFL experts that think Marcus Mariota is more talented than Jameis Winston when it comes to quarterback play, and those that usually put Mariota ahead of Winston do so because of the latter's problems off the field.

However, arguably the top NFL draft expert, Mike Mayock, has now decided that Mariota is more of a prospect than Winston based on ability.

“No. 1 is on the field, he threw 18 interceptions this year, and on the team that arguably had the best talent in the country, he continued to put his team at a disadvantage almost weekly," Mayock explained, according to ProFootballTalk.

"The first half against Louisville, Miami and Florida were awful. now, he came back in the second half to play tremendously well as we all know."

This decision will likely not affect Tampa Bay Buccaneers decision with their first overall pick, but it does certainly prove to be a blow to Winston's reputation. And Mayock does also say that Winston's previous issues off the field mean he cannot be trusted.

"Off the field, regardless of what did or didn’t happen in that alleged rape, he continued a pattern of poor decisions throughout his career. So the bottom line, for me, is can you trust him off the field?”

Mariota is the polar opposite 

Mariota is the polar opposite to Winston, according to Mayock, and he feels there are fewer concerns when it comes to his play and his personality.

“The more tape I’ve watched, the more I’ve appreciated what he’s asked to do in their version of the spread offense: He reads combination routes, he takes tremendous care of the football, and he wins games. Now, he’s not as natural a thrower, but in the correct scheme I think he can be productive,” Mayock added.

What do you think about the Mariota and Winston debate? Who is the better prospect? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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