Mariota, Winston both say they’re undecided on the 2015 NFL draft


Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston both would have been first-round draft picks if they had entered the NFL this year, and they’ll be vying to be the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

At least, they will be if they enter the draft. But both Mariota and Winston say they might just stay in school for two more years, and wait until 2016 until they enter the draft.

“We’ll see, I’m not too sure,” Mariota told “The opportunity to leave obviously is there, but at the same time, college is fun and I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet.”

Winston said he may want to stay at Florida State long enough to get his degree.

“It’s very important to me. I was always raised as a student first and an athlete second,” Winston said. “I think that’s the main purpose in college. Some athletes lose that perspective. It’s about being a student-athlete, and not just getting that easy money and going to the league. Even if kids leave early, I would want them to come back and get that degree.”

Because both players redshirted as freshmen, Mariota has two more seasons of NCAA eligibility and Winston has three. But realistically, it’s hard to believe either will still be in college a year from now. There’s just too much money to be made in the NFL, and too much of a risk of getting hurt as an amateur, for potential high first-round picks to stay in school. Expect them both to be in the 2015 NFL draft.

41 responses to “Mariota, Winston both say they’re undecided on the 2015 NFL draft

  1. Jameis Winston is the most talented college propsect since Robert Griffin. He’s a top 5 pro quarterback the moment he enters the draft. Don’t make me laugh on Mariota. He’s the guy like Colt McCoy…ie’s carries RGIII’s shoulder pads in practice. #WinstonistheclearcutNumber1

  2. As a Nole fan, I want Jameis to stay so he can mature a bit more. He is VERY charismatic, but can he handle being a rich athlete at such a young age?

    Realistically, I think he is a goner.

  3. As a Viking fan going through a terrible season last year, I was very interested in Marcus Mariota because I assumed he would enter the draft and the Vikings would have a good chance to draft him. The reason I focused on Mariota was because I knew there was no chance of getting Teddy Bridgewater, who was sure to be drafted #1 overall. Well, we got him anyway, baby! Woo-hoo!

  4. What they are not saying is that whether to enter the draft may depend on what team drafts 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, along with where they would be projected to be drafted. There are some cities where no QB wants to be playing if they want to have a long and successful career.

  5. If either of these guys perform on a Heisman-trophy level this season, and their draft stock reaches a point where it couldn’t get any higher, than this time next year they will be gearing up for their first NFL training camps for sure. Winston has some McNabb/Culpepper to his game, while Mariota exhibits some Kaepernick-type abilities.

    These new-school QBs that possess both running and passing ability were once few and far between in the NFL, but now we are seeing larger numbers of these types of QBs making their way into the league.

  6. Well no kidding! Anything can happen over the next college football year. Might as well be a story about how they’re undecided on what state they want to retire to.

  7. “If your draft stock is high then stay in school worked out well for me!”

    Matt Barkley

  8. If they come out early they are likely to be drafted by the vikings with a pick in the 5th to 7th overall.

    Best to stay in school and get drafted by a team that wants to upgrade its back up QB situation like the Seahawks.

  9. And with the first pick in the 2015 Draft the turd bay Packers select. ……… AJ Hawk? Ahhhh green bay , the drafting joke that keeps on giving!

  10. Winston might stay for his redshirt junior year, now that he has purchased an insurance policy. Although if he were to have another ridiculous season of steamrolling the opponent every single week, one might ask if it would really make him a better player to play against inferior competition for another season.

  11. This is the only site that has presented these comments from Winston as undecided—he’s had a pretty unified message across the board that he is coming back.

    Word in Tallahassee is his Dad wants him to stay for the degree, and he won’t go against what his Dad says.

    That being said, he’ll be losing a significant amount of his O-line after this season, and you don’t want him coming back only to garner worse stats and a worse record.

  12. Winston needs to stay clean and get smarter. He has the talent, just needs the head on his shoulders. Not sure about Marriota, looks to be in the Chad Pennington mode. His game may not translate to the NFL.

  13. Oh cut the crap. Winston didn’t purchase a multi-million dollar insurance policy for draft position to stay in school. And I doubt that Mariota won’t declare himself if he performs well this year. Both of these guys have the potential to be the #1 pick. Mariota if Winston scares potential draft teams and Winston if he looks irresistible and gets his crap together.

  14. Unless you’re talking about skin color or height, Winston literally has NOTHING in common with Vince Young.

    Young couldn’t read a defense (and could hardly read at all according to some) whereas Jameis was diagraming schemes in middle school and is an outstanding student.

  15. I’ve decided both of these guys will enter the draft. Not sure when they’ll reach the same conclusion.

  16. Jameis isn’t NFL ready until he learns to stop throw soft floaters right into the middle of coverages. Benjamin is gone so no more saving his butt. He’s good, but he’s not that good yet.

  17. Yup, both were gonna be 1st round picks this year and they will be #1 next year?

    Just like Manziel was a top-10 pick? How Bortles was going to be drafted #1? You guess every year, you’re wrong every year.

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