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Marcus Mariota | Quarterback

Team: Oregon Ducks
Age / DOB:  (20) / 10/30/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 219

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Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota went No. 1 to the Raiders in Dane Brugler's newest mock draft.
"Yes, the Raiders drafted Derek Carr in the second round in May, but if Oakland is picking No. 1 overall in 2015, that probably means the Raiders will have a new general manager, head coach and braintrust in the front office, which puts Mariota in play," Brugler wrote. "The Oregon passer has all the tools, physically and mentally, that NFL teams are searching for at the position." Brugler slotted USC DL Leonard Williams to the Vikings at No. 2, followed, in order, by Texas A&M OT Cedric Ogbuehi to the Browns, Florida State QB Jameis Winston to the Texans, and Nebraska DE Randy Gregory to the Jags. Aug 18 - 10:56 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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Oregon will pay for the injury insurance policies of QB Marcus Mariota, C Hroniss Grasu, CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and DE Arik Armstead.

"The families of quarterback Marcus Mariota, center Hroniss Grasu, cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and defensive end Arik Armstead purchased policies this past offseason under the NCAA's 'exceptional student-athlete disability insurance' rule," the Ducks football program said in a statement. "The athletic department will reimburse them for out-of-pocket expenses related to the policies, after Texas A&M and Florida State took the previously unprecedented step of doing so for football players earlier this year."'s Jeremy Fowler reported earlier this week that the Ducks would not be paying for the insurance policies, so this is a reverse in course. The Ducks said they "had been operating with the understanding that paying insurance premiums would violate NCAA rules, based on previous inquiries."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 17 - 12:38 AM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota will "eventually have to prove he can thrive in a pro-style offense and work from under center."

"He'll also eventually have to prove he can thrive in a pro-style offense and work from under center -- I don't think he'll get the opportunity to do that much during the season because Oregon's offensive system doesn't call for it," Davis wrote. Working under center, is something the Heisman candidate plans to adjust as he gets his game ready for the NFL. In his time in Eugene, Mariota has run an Oregon offense that uses shotgun snaps almost exclusively.
Aug 8 - 1:26 PM

Los Angeles is "looking like a solid front-runner" for the 2015 NFL Draft, according to's Gil Brandt.

Brandt is very connected to the actual event and helps them decide which prospects should be invited to attend every year. The league has previously stated the event will be held in either Chicago or L.A. in 2015, and some have even speculated the draft could be split into two cities and extended another day, totaling four.
Aug 1 - 5:06 PM

Grantland's Robert Mays believes Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota "needs to show improvement as a dropback passer."

When discussing the decision teams will have between Mariota and Jameis Winston, Mays writes "it really depends on what you’re looking for... Mariota is a dual threat, closer to Colin Kaepernick — less polished, but possibly more terrifying." In the past, Oregon quarterbacks have been runners first and lacked awareness in the pocket. We think pocket patience and poise are the most underappreciated aspects to Mariota's game. He wins inside and outside of the pocket.
Source: Grantland
Jul 31 - 1:12 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota will be eligible for the 2015 Senior Bowl.

The Senior Bowl's twitter account proclaimed as much. Mariota is two credits shy of graduating, and is taking golf and yoga to complete his General Science degree this fall. The NFL has seemingly rewarded quarterbacks that attend the Senior Bowl in recent years (EJ Manuel over Geno Smith, Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo and Logan Thomas over Zach Mettenberger and AJ McCarron), but it is possible their evals could have been better regardless. The event is the first time for position coaches to get a look at that year's draft prospects.
Jul 29 - 1:47 PM

A film study by TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline confirmed in his mind that Oregon redshirt junior Marcus Mariota would have been the first QB taken in the 2014 draft.

"Mariota is an exciting prospect in every way; physically, intellectually, instinctively," Pauline wrote. "I’m told one of the primary reasons Maroita stayed for another college season was his age; he would’ve been a 20 year old rookie if he entered the draft and the feeling in his inner circle was that’s too young for a signal caller in the NFL." Another reason he reportedly stayed was his lithe frame. Mariota has labored to add 40 pounds and still clocks a 4.45 forty. He's the early favorite to go No. 1 in the 2015 draft.
Jul 27 - 9:58 PM

Oregon HC Mark Helfrich praised redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota's practice habits.

"He cares more about practice rep 13, period 12 than any guy I've been around," Helfrich said. Mariota has been described as a quiet leader in the past, but he really is the face of Oregon football at the moment. The quarterback is a great talent and enters the season as 2014/2015's top prospect. Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman notes Mariota added 40 pounds and clocks around a 4.45 forty.
Jul 24 - 9:52 AM

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the 2015 NFL Draft will be held in Los Angeles or Chicago.

"We’re focusing solely on Los Angeles and Chicago now," Goodell said Thursday. "I believe the decision will come in late summer, but we’re not going to be bound by that." The commissioner added the NFL is still considering expanding the draft from three to four days. Previous reports suggested different days of the event could be held in different locations.
Source: LA Times
Jul 18 - 10:55 AM

While spending the weekend at the 19th annual Manning Passing Academy, Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota said he's learned "a lot of under-center stuff" from the Manning brothers.

"They've taught me a lot of under-center stuff, and making sure my base is my foundation," Mariota said. "They've helped me understand that I have to throw with my feet, and that will help me a lot with accuracy and different things like that. Hopefully I can apply that." Working under center, is something the Heisman candidate plans to adjust, as he gets his game ready for the NFL. In his time in Eugene, Mariota has run an Oregon offense that uses shotgun snaps almost exclusively.
Jul 11 - 5:08 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota and USC junior DL Leonard Williams "are in a tier of their own" among Pac-12 prospects.

After these two, Weidl lists Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat, Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and UCLA redshirt junior quarterback Brett Hundley at No. 3, 4 and 5 respectively. We would agree, as Mariota enters the season as the top quarterback prospect with Williams as a possible top ten selection.
Jul 8 - 11:35 AM

ESPN's Phil Steele named Oregon redshirt junior Marcus Mariota the No. 1 preseason Heisman contender.

Steele ranked him one slot above defending Heisman winner Jameis Winston of Florida State. "Mariota became the first Oregon quarterback to top 4,000 yards of total offense (4,380) while accounting for 40 total touchdowns and just four interceptions," Steele wrote of the QB's 2013 campaign. "He accomplished this despite wearing a knee brace for much of the second half of the season, which limited his mobility. With added rest for the bowl game against Texas, he ran for a season-high 133 yards. Now 100 percent healthy, he has a solid shot to top last year's remarkable statistical totals while leading a Ducks team that figures to play a huge role in the first College Football Playoff." Mariota is an early favorite to go No. 1 in the 2015 draft.
Jun 28 - 4:14 PM

Oregon redshirt junior Marcus Mariota has the "size, speed and passing ability" to earn comparisons to 49ers' QB Colin Kaepernick, writes CBS Sports analyst Rob Rang.

Mariota enters this year as Rang's top-rated pro prospect. "He's overly reliant (at this point) on his first read, occasionally commits the cardinal sin of throwing late across his body and wasn't a year ago when injury sapped him off his maneuverability and he was forced to throw from the pocket," Rang wrote. "These are coachable skills and given that Mariota is often lauded for his intelligence, humility and work ethic, scouts expect growth in these areas in 2014. Mariota has a quick release and flashes deadly accuracy, including when on the move. He has a very strong arm and isn't afraid to make challenging throws through tight windows." The RS junior has posted a 63/10 TD/INT rate, a 65.8 percent completion rate and 1,467 rushing yards over the past two years.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 21 - 8:02 PM

Scout Inc.'s Kevin Weidl noted that Oregon redshirt junior Marcus Mariota "significantly improved [his] mechanics, balance and velocity," from 2012 to 2013.

Mariota's athleticism in the pocket and as a runner was apparent from the very beginning, but the most impressive aspect of his game in 2013 was the continued evolution of his throwing. "While he'll still vacate a clean pocket at times, Mariota showed better patience and was more consistent getting to his third and fourth options," Weidl wrote. Mariota is an early favorite to go No. 1 in the 2015 draft.
Jun 21 - 5:12 PM

Senior Bowl scout and media assistant Patrick Woo noted Oregon redshirt junior Marcus Mariota would be eligible for the 2015 Senior Bowl after the QB's recent graduation.

According to Oregon's sports page, Mariota majored in General Science. He will be enrolling in a graduate program to continue his playing career. Just because Mariota is eligible to play in the next Senior Bowl does not mean he actually will. We have seen quarterbacks back out in the past, however, in recent years teams have seemingly shown a preference to those that decided to show off their skills in Mobile.
Jun 16 - 11:16 AM