Jason Garrett: Winston, Mariota will be 'franchise guys'


INDIANAPOLIS -- The Cowboys are unlikely to target a quarterback at the top of their draft class, but Jason Garrett is a big fan of this year's two hottest prospects.

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Garrett called Jameis Winston "a very impressive guy" and labeled Marcus Mariota a "class kid" during a brief sitdown Saturday with Rich Eisen and Mike Mayock on NFL Network.

"I think everybody sees that in (Mariota)," Garrett said at the NFL Scouting Combine. "And very athletic, for him to run as fast as he ran, and then he's really smooth dropping back and throwing the football. And he's certainly the top quarterback, he and Jameis are the best in this class and they will be franchise guys for a particular team in this league."

The Cowboys won't be in the mix for Winston or Mariota, but they could draft a project player in Day 2 or 3 in Chicago. Tony Romo turns 35 in April and underwhelming backup Brandon Weeden will be 32 in October. Remember, Jerry Jones came tantalizingly close to pulling the trigger on Johnny Manziel last May.

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