NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt took a series of questions about the 2015 NFL Draft via Twitter on Friday. A look at five highlights from the exchange:
- Although Brandt views FSU's Jameis Winston as the right short-term answer for an NFL club in immediate need of a quarterback, he sees Oregon's Marcus Mariota as the smarter long-term choice. Coming from a pro-style offense, Winston's learning curve in the NFL figures to be a shorter one than Mariota, who will be making a transition from a hurry-up, no-huddle attack. It's a debate that clubs will have internally from the very top of the draft, where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have both the need and the first pick.
- There is some debate over who will be the third quarterback chosen, behind Winston and Mariota. Draft analysts don't expect a third quarterback chosen in the first round. And while Brandt sees Colorado State's Garrett Graysonas the draft's No. 3 passer, he is projecting former Big 12 star Bryce Petty for Round 2 and says his draft arrow is pointing up.
- Brandt sees Indiana running back Tevin Coleman going off the board somewhere in Round 2 and is high on the Hoosiers' 2,000-yard rusher. The game film that makes the difference for Coleman? A 228-yard, three-touchdown explosion against eventual national champion Ohio State behind, as Brandt notes, a poor Indiana offensive line.