FOR MARCH 2, 2015
This is an article from the March 2, 2015 issue
The Bucs Start Here
Now that the 2015 NFL combine (page 38) is complete and the draft is only two months away—it begins on April 30—all eyes are on the Bucs. Who will they take with the No. 1 pick: Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston? If speed and agility are paramount, Mariota is the front-runner, posting a 4.52 40 at the combine, the fastest of the 13 quarterbacks who participated. However, it was Winston who was impressive on the throwing end, easily hitting receivers in stride during drills. Who would you take? Go to SI.com/nfl for a complete breakdown of each player's attributes, as well as rankings of the nation's other top prospects, in Don Banks's NFL Mock Draft.
SI DIGITAL BONUS
From the SI Vault Aug. 10, 1998
The 40 has become the most trusted measurement of speed in football, even though it's totally unreliable
By Ivan Maisel
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