In recent years, the highest profile quarterback prospects have elected to forgo taking part in throwing drills at the NFL Scouting Combine in favor of waiting for their Pro Day workouts when they can work with receivers they are much more familiar with.
However, it now appears as if both of the top quarterback talents in this year’s draft – Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Florida State’s Jameis Winston – will throw at the Combine this week.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Winston is “planning” to throw at the Combine when quarterbacks take part in workouts on Saturday.
George Whitfield, Winston’s throwing coach, had called it a “game-time decision” as to whether Winston would throw or not. It’s possible with Mariota electing to take part, it pressured Winston to follow suit.
Either way, it’s good to see players invited to the Combine fully participating instead of standing around and watching instead.