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Marcus Mariota | Quarterback

Team: Oregon Ducks
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 200

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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

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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 writer and Sirius XM host Gil Brandt predicted Chicago will host the 2015 NFL Draft.

"If I were an oddsmaker, I would say Chicago is where it’ll be," Brandt said. "Next week, there will be a group of people that are gonna be associated with making recommendations to the commissioner." Brandt has plenty of ties to the offseason event, specifically regarding which prospects are invited to attend the draft each year.
Source: Sirius XM
Jun 11 - 3:21 PM

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday that Radio City Music Hall isn't available to host the 2015 NFL Draft.

RCMH isn't available in April or May of next year, meaning the event will move. According to Rapoport, 12 cities have expressed interest in hosting the draft. The league is focusing on Los Angeles, Chicago and New York's Madison Square Garden as potential 2015 locations, but that list could grow as other cities make pitches to the league. The 2015 draft is expected to take place on April 22-25 or April 29-May 2. Mark your calendars, draftniks.
Jun 8 - 9:52 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah notes six of Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota's 31 passing touchdowns in 2013 were thrown to targets behind the line of scrimmage.

Jeremiah was surprised by how often Mariota was able to reach his second and third reads when working through progressions. We consistently noted last year that Mariota did not receive enough acclaim for his work in the pocket. He shows poise and patience. Hopefully Mariota's accuracy and placement have improved this season. He is the odds on favorite to be the first quarterback off the board in 2015.
May 28 - 3:33 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler slotted Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota No. 1 to the Titans in his inaugural 2015 mock draft.

Like Josh Norris, Brugler believes Mariota would have been Houston's No. 1 pick over Jadeveon Clowney if he'd left school early. In two seasons as the Ducks' starter, Mariota has thrown 63 touchdown passes and just 10 interceptions while rushing for 1,467 yards. In response to the NFL's concerns over his lithe frame, Mariota bulked up over the winter.
Source: CBS Sports
May 20 - 2:22 AM ranks Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota as the No. 1 prospect in the 2015 draft.

The top five is rounded out, in order, by FSU QB Jameis Winston, USC DE Leonard Williams, Texas A&M OT Cedric Ogbuehi, and Iowa OT Brandon Scherff. Also of note in the first-round QB prospect department: Baylor's Bryce Petty ranks No. 32, and UCLA's Brett Hundley comes in at No. 37.
Source: CBS Sports
May 20 - 1:46 AM

The MMQB's Peter King has a gut feeling the 2015 NFL Draft will not be held in New York City and will be scheduled a week earlier than in 2014.

This means the draft would start on April 30 and run until May 2. "At this point," a solid source told King, "I think it’s likely the draft is elsewhere in 2015...We do not want the draft on Mother’s Day weekend." King guesses Chicago hosts the event next year.
Source: The MMQB
May 19 - 9:56 AM

An AFC general manager said Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota would have been the best QB in the 2014 draft if he'd declared early.

"He probably needs a year to grow and develop, but he's shown he can throw in an offense that has been successful in the NFL," the general manager said. "His arm strength is good; his release is quick; and he's accurate downfield. On top of all that, he has great feet." Mariota has thrown 63 touchdown passes and just 10 interceptions in two seasons, rushing for 1,467 yards. "At one point late last season, he was thought to be a legitimate challenger to Jadeveon Clowney as the top prospect in this year's class," wrote ESPN's Jeffri Chadiha. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said Mariota "is the kind of player who eats, drinks and sleeps football. I think he's better than [San Francisco's] Colin Kaepernick was at this point in his career." McShay added: "With Mariota, you're not taking a risk on talent because he has so much potential. You're taking a risk on whether he can develop."
May 15 - 7:57 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota "fell" to No. 8 in Todd McShay's 2015 mock draft.

Mariota recently went No. 1 in Rotoworld draft analyst Josh Norris' first 2015 mock, and is expected by many to duke it out with Florida State's Jameis Winston for top billing in next year's draft. McShay gave Winston to the Jets at No. 5. One important note is that McShay and Norris used different draft orders; the first four teams in McShay's mock either took a QB in the first two rounds last weekend or employ RGIII. McShay believes Mariota must "improve upon his mechanics and accuracy" to "come closer to fulfilling his very high upside."
May 14 - 10:05 PM

Rotoworld draft analyst Josh Norris slotted Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota No. 1 to the Titans in his inaugural 2015 mock draft.

"I think Mariota would have been the No. 1 pick in 2014, even over Clowney," he wrote. Florida State's Jameis Winston went second overall to the Raiders, with USC DL Leonard Williams, Stanford OT Andrus Peat and Alabama S Landon Collins rounding out the top five. Norris' second QB selected, by the way, was Michigan State's Connor Cook at No. 9, a surprise he acknowledged in the comments: "I think Bryce Petty and Brett Hundley are extremely overrated at this point. Cook really impressed me last year, and hopefully his development continues."
Source: Rotoworld
May 12 - 9:10 PM

When asked to rank the 2015 QB class,'s Gil Brandt called Oregon's Marcus Mariota and Florida State's Jameis Winston "1" and "1A," with Baylor's Bryce Petty No. 3 and UCLA's Brett Hundley No. 4.

Winston will be eligible for the draft for the first time after the 2014 season, while Mariota shocked the NFL by returning to Eugene for his junior campaign. Both, along with Hundley, are expected to declare early for the NFL after next season. Petty returned for his senior season, so his inclusion in the 2015 draft isn't hypothetical. Next year's QB class could be superior to May's crop, although we feel Hundley and Petty will be overrated heading into the season.
Apr 24 - 1:59 AM