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Discussion in 'NFL Draft' started by XO, Dec 13, 2014.
Of course, because the media is used to doing Jameis Winston favors.
Steve Mariucci with Winston on the whiteboard.
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and Steve Mariucci simulate a draft interview - NFL Videos
The media still hypes up the top QB prospects every year. Last year it was Johnny Football.. before that it was RG3.. etc
I don't believe Manziel threw at the combine. The best thing that came of the combine for JF was his big hands. He ran a slower 40 than anticipated and measured in at less than 6'0". The hype with Manziel came after his pro day when Jaworski hilariously bumped his grade from 3rd round at best to possible 1st round.
I believe there were rumors about RG3 rubbing a lot of people the wrong way. Came off as an arrogant "me" guy.
Winston is acing his interviews, the chalk talk portions and everything that involves throwing the ball. But hey, whatevs.
Are you saying that Manziel and RG3 were in fact not hyped and that the praise Winston is receiving by the media is unique?
Immediately following the combine? Yes. More in Manziel's case. RGIII's rumors started later.
I am saying that Winston is doing the things everyone said he needed to do, and more.
And lets not confuse coverage with hype. They're not the same thing. Manziel was covered. Not necessarily hyped during the combine.
The thing all three guys have in common is they move the ratings needle. Same with Cam Newton. If the general public is interested the NFLN is going to cover them. That coverage doesn't have to be positive though. I heard the "yeah but" with Winston plenty today.
This IS the media HYPING Winston!!! Don't get me wrong, Winston did what he's supposed to do and they gave hima cream puff. Winston should have been able to draw up that play without Mariucci even explaining it BECAUSE if he was prepared well, he would have known the play already because it is the EXACT SAME PLAY he had Bortles draw up last year!!!!
Bortles and even RGIII did very well in diagramming the play (though RGIII's was not exactly the same play) but even then RGIII is not good in a West Coast system.
I think Winston did all he could do at the combine and more. He threw as expected, he was light and bonded with the guys around him, and did the only thing he can do in interviews. The 2 things I liked most about his combine were actually talking up Mariota when referring to Mariota being a system guy. He defended Mariota saying he had a different system but he mastered that system. He also acknowledged Mariota not bringing up the Rose Bowl and while taking a fun shot at him saying he won a ring, he also acknowledged that Orgeon kicked their butts!!! Thought his attitude was the best thing he had going for him.
But for me, his question marks are not things he can put to rest at the combine. His off the field stuff will be investigated and hurt him or not. And then his on the field stuff...especially his decision making and his penchant for throwing a lot of picks this season are most troubling...especially for a guy with such a good understanding of his offense.
I sometimes wonder if all this hype is just to get ratings? These talking Heads will say anything to get a one liner read on NFL network.
And they have to have a face of the draft. A big DL ain't going to cut it.
Allow me to propose a hypothesis I have been pondering. It's nothing groundbreaking but perhaps mildly interesting.
All the reports out of the combine re: Winston were extremely positive. By all accounts, the Buccaneers will draft him.
The Titans must not want him. If they did, they would be leaking negative reports about him to try to drive him down to #2. It would be the obvious thing to do.
Of course, it's also possible Ruston Webster loves Winston but is simply too dumb to know how to manipulate the draft.