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Marcus Mariota | Quarterback

Team: Oregon Ducks
Age / DOB:  (21) / 10/30/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 219

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Birds 24/7 reports that Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy mentioned that he's "a fan" of Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.
"He’s talented… One thing I have to say is he’s a talent," McCoy told Birds 24/7. "He can run, he’s fast, he can make the right throws, he’s smart with the reads and he’s very safe. As a player, I’m a fan of his for sure." While McCoy gave a raving review of Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, the talented back also gave his support for QB Nick Foles. With the Eagles picking at No. 20, it may take a real slide for Mariota to fall in their laps. Be prepared for the Eagles to start making calls to trade up, if a Mariota slide happens. Jan 26 - 3:52 PM
Source: Birds 24/7

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Oregon QB Marcus Mariota sprained the AC joint in his throwing shoulder in the school's loss to Ohio State.

"Right now we're still making that decision, whether to throw at the combine. I had to kinda rest about a week-and-a-half," Mariota said. He is already able to throw, but many quarterbacks do not throw at the Combine regardless of health. This could also be a reason why Mariota did not attend the Senior Bowl, which he was eligible for.
Jan 26 - 9:38 AM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota dropped all the way to No. 18 in Bucky Brooks' mock draft.

"Given Andy Reid’s reputation for developing quarterbacks, Kansas City would be the ideal spot for Mariota to grow into a franchise player," was all Brooks wrote by way of explanation. Brooks had Jameis Winston going No. 1 to the Bucs, meaning he projected 17 teams to pass on the next-highest rated QB on the board, including a few with acute signal-calling needs, such as the Titans, Jets and Rams. The Eagles, it should be noted, pick No. 20, and figure to start making calls if Mariota begins to slide.
Jan 23 - 7:05 PM

FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt ranks Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota as the No. 1 player in the class.

As recently as a few weeks ago, this wouldn't have been news. Now, however, it's vogue to rank Mariota No. 2 -- amongst quarterbacks (behind Jameis Winston). Mariota fell to No. 6 overall on Todd McShay's recent Big Board, and NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah ranks the Oregon prospect No. 11. Many believe Mariota will fall in the draft, with some postulating that the Eagles will make a play up the board when he does. "Prototypical size at 6-feet-4 and 220 pounds and his arm is much stronger than most think," Klatt wrote. "The system at Oregon will not help him, but he would have flourished in any system that he played in. His best trait is his ability to extend the play and keep his eyes down the field for big plays."
Source: Fox Sports
Jan 22 - 5:35 PM

An AFC scout believes Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly will "mortgage the future to go get" Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota in the draft.

"All these teams high in the draft are all going to see the same things on tape with Mariota, and I'll bet he starts to fall on draft day," the scout said. "Once that happens, (Philadelphia Eagles coach) Chip (Kelly) will mortgage the future to go get him. If he misses on him, (Kelly) can just bolt back to college." The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Heisman winner was the favorite to go No. 1 throughout the season, but momentum has started to move towards Jameis Winston. Now, more people than this scouting source are speculating that Mariota could drop in the draft. "We've seen the same concerns on tape that everyone else is seeing in terms of his anticipation, pocket poise and simplicity of scheme," noted "Kelly recruited Mariota to Oregon to run his offense, and we're sure he would love to have a quarterback with Mariota's ability outside of the pocket to fully unlock the Eagles' offensive potential." The Eagles pick No. 20.
Jan 21 - 8:42 PM

Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage told the media on Monday "all indications" point to Marcus Mariota not attending the event this week.

Check in for players lasted until 6:00 p.m. local time, so obviously Savage would know if Mariota was attending or not. It is not a surprise for Mariota to skip the event, although he and UCLA's Brett Hundley were eligible. The throwers in Mobile will all be competing for that third quarterback ranking.
Jan 19 - 6:17 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota fell to No. 6 on Todd McShay's Big Board.

Mariota flip-flopped spots with Jameis Winston, who is now McShay's No. 2 prospect. "Mariota's Heisman-winning season came to a disappointing end Monday night with Oregon's title game loss to Ohio State, but he could still find himself going in the top five of the draft," McShay wrote. "He has outstanding intangibles, prototypical physical traits and rare straight-line speed and athleticism for the QB position. But the area in which he's a risk is the most important area for an NFL quarterback: consistency from the pocket in terms of anticipation and accuracy. He's shown flashes of the ability to do it, but hasn't been consistent enough. He'll have to improve upon it at the next level."
Jan 18 - 8:19 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota "is potentially a special weapon because of his speed in an era of dual-threat quarterbacks and has intriguing potential as a passer," wrote CBS Sports's Rob Rang.

Mariota declared for the draft earlier this week and is the current favorite to go No. 1 overall. "While undeniably gifted and beloved at Oregon, Mariota is not, however, the 'can't miss' prospect that some imply," Rang wrote. "Physically, he is most like Colin Kaepernick, formerly of Nevada and now with the San Francisco 49ers. He is a good, not great, pocket passer at this time and could struggle with the tighter windows he'll see in the NFL." The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Heisman winner led the Ducks to a 36-5 record as a starter, set an NCAA record by passing for a touchdown in all 41 career starts, and became in 2014 the first Pac-12 player in history to account for 5,000 yards of total offense in one season, and the first player in FBS history to finish with a plus-50 TD/TO ratio (58/7).
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 17 - 5:14 PM

The number of non-senior prospects who declared for the NFL dropped from 102 in 2014 to 86 in 2015, according to Mike Florio.

The official list will be posted on Monday after the three day grace period to withdraw names ends. Due to confusion over redshirts (choice and medical) last year's number of early declarations has been reported from 98 to 107, with the number of undrafteds ranging from 36 to 45.
Jan 17 - 11:45 AM

New Buccaneers' offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said he had "no idea" who he'd prefer between Oregon QB Marcus Mariota and FSU QB Jameis Winston.

Humorously -- and fittingly -- it was the first question asked at his introductory press conference. "It's funny that would be the first question and you're going to be disappointed in the answer: I have no idea," Koetter said. "That's somebody else -- Jason [Licht] and coach [Lovie] Smith would be in charge of making that decision if that is it. I don't even know if those guys [have declared] and if I can talk about them." The Bucs, with Josh McCown and Mike Glennon sitting atop the QB depth chart, will almost assuredly stay at No. 1 and pick either Mariota or Winston. Koetter was wise not to tip his hand publicly during his first day on the job, but you can bet he'll have a voice in the ultimate conversation.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 15 - 3:28 PM

Oregon redshirt junior Marcus Mariota has decided to forego his senior year and will enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

"After meeting with my family I have decided to forego my final year of eligibility and apply for the 2015 NFL Draft," Mariota said. "My four years at the University of Oregon have been an awesome experience. I cannot thank Coach Kelly, Coach Helfrich, Coach Frost, the rest of the Oregon coaches and the support staff enough for molding me as a person, player and student-athlete." The Heisman trophy winner led the Ducks to a 36-5 record in his three years at Eugene. Mariota set an NCAA record by passing for a touchdown in all 41 career starts, while becoming the first Pac-12 player in history to account for 5,000 yards of total offense in a single season, as he reached 5,224 yards in Monday's title game. The Ducks prospect became the first player in FBS history to finish a season with a plus-50 ratio of touchdowns (58) to turnovers (seven). The 6-foot-4, 219-pound Mariota has a chance to be the top pick in April's draft.
Jan 14 - 2:42 PM

Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke believes Oregon redshirt junior Marcus Mariota is "on track to be a viable option at No. 1 overall for Tampa Bay, even as questions about his ability to transition from Oregon's offense into an NFL scheme persist."

"Perhaps Mariota will not thrive from Day 1 in the league, but his athleticism and the upside he's shown as a passer combine to form a high ceiling," Burke wrote. The 6-foot-4, 219-pound Mariota runs a 4.48 second forty and has a strong arm, though not everyone is convinced he's a can't-miss prospect: "Questions about his ability to transition from Oregon's offense into an NFL scheme persist," Burke wrote.
Jan 13 - 9:12 PM

Oregon redshirt junior Marcus Mariota hasn't decided if he'll enter the NFL draft.

He has until Thursday to decide. "I'm sure it will weigh in a little bit, but there's a lot of other things that have to play into that decision," Mariota said of losing the title game. "There's starting grad school, coming back for another year to improve, there's a lot of other things that could bring me back. It's just not specifically this loss." Mariota won the Heisman trophy this season and was named The Associated Press Player of the Year and the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, amongst other awards. He set the Pac 12 record with 58 touchdowns, 42 of which came through the air, 15 of which came on the ground and one of which came via a reception.
Jan 13 - 8:44 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota completed 24 of 37 attempts for 333 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the school's 42-20 loss to Ohio State.

He added another 39 rushing yards. Mariota had a very good day as a passer, especially considering two third down drops by his receivers. There were a few questionable decisions at the mesh point in the running game, but as a thrower Mariota kept his eyes up and succeeded inside and outside of the pocket. It was a superior performance compared to his output against FSU.
Jan 13 - 1:15 PM

Oregon redshirt junior Marcus Mariota has returned to Monday's College Football National Championship Game against Ohio State.

He missed the tail end of one drive after landing awkwardly on the bad end of a Joey Bosa hit. With the Ducks trailing 35-20 and less than three minutes remaining, the 6-foot-4, 219-pound Mariota turned it over on downs on his first possession back.
Jan 13 - 12:02 AM