“What? I’m a QB, I never said I was an athlete!”
The two best QB prospects in the 2015 NFL draft took on their much-anticipated 40-yard dash attempts. While Marcus Mariota shined, Jameis Winston laid an egg.
The two Heisman trophy winners took off in the (somewhat overhyped) 40-yard dash and the differences between the two was astounding. Mariota, who set countless PAC-12 scoring records in 2014, recorded a blazing 4.52 40-time. It was the fastest mark recorded in three years since another Heisman trophy winner recorded a 4.41: Robert Griffin III.
Marcus Mariota’s 4.52 was the fastest 40 for a quarterback since RG3 ran 4.41.
— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) February 21, 2015
Winston, on the other hand, had one of the least impressive performances among the QBs with a lowly 4.97 40-time. To put that into perspective, Ali Marpet, a 307 lb. offensive lineman, ran a 4.98 (.01 seconds slower). But the mark only indicates straight line speed with no padding on, and Winston never had much of a reputation at Florida State for being a down-field runner the way Mariota was in college.
Nonetheless, a team that may be looking to run a read-option offense may be turned off by Winston’s lack of straight line speed. That in combination with his undersized hands could affect the length to which potential suitors would go to draft him.