Originally Posted by bhsman
In fairness, Mariota has played very well this year but wasn't spotless; there were concerns about Barkley's arm strength that another year in school wouldn't fix. The same can't be said for Mariota.
How quickly we forget, Barkley was a sure fire first rd pick according to the media if he had come out his Jr. year, just like Lienart. Them boys got the same hype Mariota is getting now. Them boys then had a higher ceiling than Mariota. The media has a tendency to sensationalize, it makes for a better read and an easier sell.