As with most analysts, NFL Media's Mike Mayock doesn't think much of the 2015 quarterback draft class, and he also thinks Oregon's Marcus Mariota, one of this year's top QBs, is a "projection" for every team but one.
"It's not a real good quarterback draft," Mayock told Philadelphia radio station WPEN-FM, per Philadelphia magazine. "You've got two quarterbacks that are head-and-shoulders above everyone else, and even they have their own holes -- one on the field (Mariota) and one off the field (Florida State's Jameis Winston)."
"From a physical trait perspective, he has everything you want," Mayock said of Mariota. "He's big, he's athletic, he's got great feet and he's got a live arm. So on the surface, the individual components all work. The problem is he's a projection coming to the next level because of the pocket awareness, the progressions and the reads."
The Eagles own the No. 20 pick in the first round, and they almost certainly would have to trade up to get Mariota. How high they'd have to go and how high a price they're willing to pay are the unknowns.
As for Winston, Mayock said, "I really like everything I see about him on the field. ... But off the field, I'm scared to death of him."
NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah rates Winston as the No. 6 prospect in the draft, with Mariota at No. 11. Jeremiah and fellow analysts Bucky Brooks and Lance Zierlein have Winston going first overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their mock drafts. Jeremiah and Zierlein have Mariota going sixth overall, to the New York Jets, and Brooks has Mariota going 18th, to the Kansas City Chiefs.