In his latest FootballByFootball.com column Monday, former NFL quarterback Brady Quinn dubbed Winston the “most NFL-ready” signal-caller at the combine. Quinn said the Florida State product was “far and away the most comfortable and confident” passer at the event this past week in Indianapolis.
“He displayed a variety of passes with zip, touch and proper timing,” Quinn wrote. “Winston was the most accurate of the group and seemed to be the most NFL ready. Word is he interviewed extremely well and even had former head coach Steve Mariucci calling Winston the ‘most astute X’s and O’s guy’ with whom he’s worked. Beyond the testing and drills, Winston showed the most leadership, encouraging his competitors and receivers throughout the day.”
But Quinn iterated that the combine results are not the be-all and end-all as far as predicting the top quarterback in the draft goes. Perhaps Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, whom Winston was only slightly better than overall, or “second-best athlete” Brett Hundley could be the No. 1 QB if they play their cards right at their respective pro days.
“(The combine is) probably the least significant of all the steps in the evaluation process, especially for a quarterback,” Quinn wrote. “Its only importance, if any, is a first impression.”
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