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Marcus Mariota | Quarterback

Team: Oregon Ducks
Age / DOB:  (24) / 10/30/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 219

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Titans GM Ruston Webster's "knocked this one out of the park" and earned an "A" draft grade from Rotoworld's Evan Silva.
"In addition to piling up value picks and addressing needs, Webster made a savvy day-two trade that turned No. 33 into [Dorial] Green-Beckham, [Jalston] Fowler, and [Tre] McBride," Silva wrote. "Mariota could buy the front office at least two years, and gives Tennessee a legit shot at a franchise quarterback." ESPN's Mel Kiper didn't see it the same way, giving the Titans a middling "C+" grade. "I thought Tennessee had some reaches on value on three consecutive picks: Dorial Green-Beckham is a special athlete, but he's incomplete and plays soft, and I thought there were several better options available at No. 40; I had Jeremiah Poutasi as my 12th-ranked guard (he played tackle at Utah), so that's a reach on my board in Round 3; and the Angelo Blackson pick was again a slight reach for me," Kiper wrote. Mon, May 4, 2015 05:51:00 PM
Source: Rotoworld

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Titans selected Oregon QB Marcus Mariota with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Mariota (6'4/222) was the 2014 Heisman winner, finishing his three-year career as a 66.8-percent passer with a 105:14 TD-to-INT ratio. He added 29 rushing TDs and is an elite athlete for the position, running 4.52 at the Combine with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. Mariota took just five snaps from center in 2014 and was infrequently required to make throws into tight windows or with anticipation in Oregon's spread. He does have adequate arm strength and above-average accuracy. A poised, intelligent (33 Wonderlic), high-character prospect, Mariota's career seems more likely to go the way of Russell Wilson or Cam Newton's than failed or plateauing dual-threat QBs Colin Kaepernick, RG3, and Jake Locker. If he doesn't cleanly beat out Zach Mettenberger for the Week 1 starting job, it'll be a major disappointment for the franchise.
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 08:24:00 PM

The Browns trading up for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota would be the "least surprising" move of the draft, according to Dane Brugler.

Dane has Browns sources and has helped clear up last year's Johnny Manziel selection, in terms of Ray Farmer loving Manziel, and Cleveland's failed attempts in adding a receiver in 2014. The Browns have the best first round ammunition in the 2015 draft in terms of trade up scenarios. We think, partially due to Brugler's statement, that Cleveland is the most likely landing spot for the second quarterback selected.
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 01:15:00 PM

The Titans have not received a trade offer from the Browns for the No. 2 pick, according to beat writer Paul Kuharsky.

This goes directly against another ESPN report from Pat McManamon, who said the Browns have already offered two first round picks for the No. 2 selection. Leaks will be brought up from every direction in the next 36 hours, and some will be from teams and others from agents. If the Titans do not select Marcus Mariota at No. 2 a trade seems likely, but to whom?
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 12:49:00 PM

"I don't understand why [Oregon QB Marcus Mariota] isn't the No. 1 player in this draft on Mel Kiper's Big Board," said ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden.

"I don't know anybody in this draft that can do for a football team what Mariota can do," Gruden said. "He can read the field. That whole thing about Oregon being a no-huddle, dive-option team, that is just a narrative resulting from a lack of information. The Ducks run a lot of pro-style concepts. Mariota does a lot with the protections. I've seen him throw the ball with touch and timing in tight windows." The former Bucs coach points out that Mariota is the same size as Jameis Winston but runs 4.52 forty. "He is incredibly elusive, and man, is he a playmaker and a great competitor," Gruden said. "I see him functioning in the pocket, out of the pocket, and if you want to run a zone-read, he'll rip the defense apart. He is like Russell Wilson, only he is 6-4."
Tue, Apr 28, 2015 12:57:00 AM

An NFL scout said he "would much rather have" Oregon QB Marcus Mariota than FSU's Jameis Winston because "at least you're going to get the best he has all the time."

"He's got the athletic ability to be an all-time great," another scout said. "He's like a better Colin Kaepernick," said a third. Mariota was stupidly productive in school, going 36-5 with a 121.3 passer rating and 2,237 rushing yards. "Ben (Roethlisberger) took everything in shotgun at Miami (Ohio), too," a fourth scout said. "He doesn't have Ben's arm. I do like a lot of things he brings to the table. But that running thing in the NFL? The guy (Griffin III) who plays for the Redskins found out that doesn't work."
Mon, Apr 27, 2015 11:24:00 PM

The MMQB's Peter King believes the Titans will select Oregon QB Marcus Mariota at No. 2 if they do not trade the pick.

In terms of trade discussions, one GM of a top 10 team told King "Tuesday or Wednesday is when those calls are made, the serious calls." What is really being said is: no one knows what is going to happen beyond the Bucs selecting a quarterback at No. 1. We would not look at the Titans winding up with Marcus Mariota as a consolation prize. Not even close.
Source: The MMQB
Mon, Apr 27, 2015 09:12:00 AM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock explained on Thursday why he ranks Oregon QB Marcus Mariota No. 1 on his position rankings.

The analyst is a bit spooked after missing on Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel prior to last year's NFL draft ("I have to put my hand up and say I missed that last year with Manziel, and I'm upset with myself," Mayock said.) and vows not to ignore character concerns again. "I've got (Marcus) Mariota one, because I believe in Mariota, but the other piece of that is, with Jameis Winston I've got trust issues both on and off the field. Do I trust him with the football on the field, given the way he turned the ball over, especially this year with 18 interceptions? It could have been 40 very easily," Mayock said. "Can I trust him with the ball, which is the most important thing during an NFL game. And two, can I trust him off the field? To me, those red flags are significant enough that my answer is, I would go the other way with Mariota."
Sun, Apr 26, 2015 05:55:00 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is "a great athlete with all the measurables to be a success at any level even if he were a tailback in the old single wing offense," notes Frank Cooney of

"The concern about soft-spoken, easy-going Mariota is his ability to be an assertive leader among men," Cooney wrote. The analyst points out that all the best NFL quarterbacks -- Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck -- didn't graduate from primarily run or option college offenses, while Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton and Tim Tebow did. We aren't overly concerned about Mariota's transition to the pros. He's a dynamic talent and an elite prospect.
Source: CBS Sports
Sat, Apr 25, 2015 08:39:00 PM

Nashville Tennessean beat writer Jim Wyatt "won't be surprised" if the Titans pick Oregon QB Marcus Mariota No. 2 overall.

"The Titans are turning over every stone to make sure they don't let a potential franchise player slip away," Wyatt wrote. He reported a belief that the Titans originally didn't give much thought to popping Mariota -- preferring to stick with Zach Mettenberger and net an assured ransom in draft equity to move down the board -- but thinking within the team has apparently begun to change. With so many teams reportedly making offers for the No. 2 pick, it's also very possible that the Titans floated this change-in-thinking rhetoric to increase trade interest. One way or the other, Tennessee has masked their intentions as masterfully as Jacksonville did last year, when they stunned the football world by taking Blake Bortles.
Thu, Apr 23, 2015 09:44:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock believes that the Jets should "sprint" to pick up Oregon QB Marcus Mariota at No.6.

"Personally, and I don't know a thing about it in the (Jets') building, if he got to No. 6, I'd sprint that thing up there," Mayock said on a media teleconference Thursday. With a new staff in place, it's a possibility that Geno Smith could be on the hot seat. However, with the Jets bringing in Brandon Marshall, they could be determined on surrounding Smith with weapons before they hit the button. Right now, it still seems that the Mariota Sweepstakes will start at No.2 with the Tennessee Titans.
Thu, Apr 23, 2015 03:23:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter said the hypothetical of the Eagles trading up for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is now a "possibility."

"Count me in the camp that does consider that an option and a possibility," he said on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia on Monday. "And I was not in that camp a month ago, but I've come over to that side." CBS's Jason La Canfora agrees: "[Chip Kelly] loves Mariota. He's willing to do whatever he thinks is best for his organization, conventional wisdom and consequences be damned. He simply doesn't care. He's capable of pretty much anything and his peers don't believe for a minute he'll watch someone else draft Mariota without a fight." Lastly, Oregonian columnist John Conzano, who covered Kelly in college, concluded the following: "[Kelly will] get it done. Only question is what it will ultimately cost him. He doesn’t leave draft without Mariota."
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 06:26:00 PM

An NFL analytics director believes Oregon QB Marcus Mariota should have been ranked higher on Mel Kiper's rankings than FSU's Jameis Winston.

"He does almost everything better than Winston and measures better in every category," the director said. A different analytics director expressed surprise that Mariota turned out to be bigger than expected. "ESPN's player-comparison tool sees Mariota as most athletically similar to Jake Locker and physically similar to Locker and Robert Griffin III among players with at least eight common data points," wrote Mike Sando. "Ryan Tannehill is very similar physically, except he has smaller hands. However, Tannehill did not work out at the combine, so he did not share enough data points with Mariota to factor."
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 05:53:00 PM

The MMQB's Peter King spoke with former NFL executives Ron Wolf and Bill Polian regarding their preference of Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, and the two were split.

"I’d probably lean toward Mariota," Polian said, who chose Peyton manning over Ryan Leaf. "If I had to pick, based strictly on what I know now, I’d pick Winston," said Wolf. The two included caveats in their decision, telling King they do not have an equal amount of information on both quarterbacks. In many ways, the NFL operates in a similar fashion to how it did when the two executives were in the league. Realistically only a handful of teams will have to go through a debate between the top two passers.
Source: The MMQB
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 09:20:00 AM

Browns HC Mike Pettine replied "Sure, why not?" when asked if Cleveland was open to trading up for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.

As opposed to offering a discourteous response to an obvious question, Pettine played it kawaii (cute), as the Japanese say. The Browns, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, are the frontrunners to trade up for Mariota. Cleveland owns the Nos. 12 and 19 overall picks. We'll kick it to Pauline for negotiation coverage: "I was told the asking price from the Tennessee Titans was both of the Browns first round picks as well as their choice in the second round, to which Cleveland replied no. Understandable Tennessee would have a high asking price at this point and even more understandable the Browns would say no. I’m told the Browns may be willing to part with both first round picks for Mariota but want to hold on to the second round choice to draft a much needed receiver."
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 01:22:00 AM