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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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The MMQB's Peter King spoke with one NFL GM who evaluated QBs this fall who said Oregon redshirt junior Marcus Mariota is not "the kind of guy you’re penciling in to start opening day."
Good luck with that. The GM goes on to explain his reasoning. "He’s not playing in a classic pro style offense in college, and you don’t want him to come in relying all on his athleticism." The executive did add Mariota stayed in the pocket longer, evolved as a passer and was "less impulsive" this season. The GM is by no means calling Mariota a system quarterback, but we expect to hear that term thrown around this draft process. It could not be further from the truth. Dec 16 - 10:30 AM
Source: The MMQB

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Former NFL coach Tony Dungy compared Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota to Packers QB Aaron Rodgers.

Mariota is "going to be a great pro" and is "Aaron Rodgers in the waiting," Dungy said on "The Dan Patrick Show" on Monday morning. Dungy's son Eric played WR at Oregon from 2011-13. When asked what he would do if he were Tampa Bay's GM and in possession of the No. 1 pick, Dungy replied: "I'm taking Marcus Mariota in a heartbeat and excited to have him." Mariota, the Heisman Trophy winner, is the clear frontrunner to go No. 1.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 15 - 4:58 PM

UCLA head coach Jim Mora believes that Oregon redshirt junior Marcus Mariota going to be "phenomenal" in the NFL.

"I think he's going to be phenomenal. He has everything you're looking for to be a great NFL quarterback. He's big, he's fast, he's physical. He's incredibly smart. He makes great decisions. He's an amazing competitor," Mora told NFL's Rich Eisen. The UCLA head coach had the opportunity to face the Ducks' signal caller twice and Mora notes that Mariota is "the kind of guy you want representing your franchise. He has everything you want to be great at the next level."
Source: NFL.com
Dec 15 - 2:10 PM

The MMQB's Peter King writes Oregon redshirt junior Marcus Mariota is "by far safest quarterback prospect in the 2015 draft."

King mentions the Bucs as being "number one in line" for Mariota. "No one is saying it’s a cinch, but Tampa Bay—with two very good receivers, a good young tight end, a smart front office and a stay-the-course coach in Lovie Smith—gives a young quarterback as good a chance as anywhere to be able to reach his potential," he adds. We think Mariota is a safe prospect in terms of traits, despite some mentioning he is a "system quarterback." Mariota is not, as he consistently had to manage the pocket and work through multiple reads.
Source: The MMQB
Dec 15 - 1:53 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota won the Heisman Trophy.

There really wasn't another option. Mariota has thrown for 3,783 yards with a 38/2 TD/INT ratio and leads the nation in passing efficiency at 186.33. Mariota has also rushed 117 times for 669 yards and 14 touchdowns. He still potentially has two games remaining after leading Oregon to a 12-1 record and the No. 2 seed in College Football Playoff. The Oregon prospect beat out Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon and Alabama WR Amari Cooper for the sport's most prestigious trophy. Barring catastrophe, he'll also best them in draft position this spring. Mariota is the frontrunner to go No. 1 overall.
Dec 13 - 9:05 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota "is not the "Can't Miss" prospect that some imply," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"He is not the "Can't Miss" prospect that some imply. Mariota's production is inflated by Oregon's spread attack which provides broader windows for him to throw through. This is a concern because Mariota possesses good, not great accuracy, despite what his statistics say," Rang wrote. The Oregon prospect brings a Colin Kaepernick-type skill-set to the table, and Rang believes "it is hard to imagine Mariota slipping out of the top five," with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans and New York Jets in need of a quarterback.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 12 - 3:47 PM

NFL Media reporter Albert Breer reports that one AFC Scout said he expects to give Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota "a significantly higher grade than he gave RGIII in 2012."

"The director then mentioned that Mariota has done it this year with more youth at the skill positions, and said he expects to give Mariota a significantly higher grade than he gave RGIII in 2012," Breer wrote. The Scout notes that "most NFL folks think (hope?) he can make the transition," from the spread offense "and like Blake Bortles last year, Mariota's is capable of convincing a team he'll be able to figure it out."
Source: NFL.com
Dec 12 - 2:21 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline believes Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota "is not only the best signal caller in the draft but one of the best prospects available," and has him going to Tampa Bay at No.1 in his latest top-10 mock draft.

"The need at quarterback is growing and Mariota is not only the best signal caller in the draft but one of the best prospects available," Pauline wrote. The Oregon prospect has thrown for 3,783 yards with a 38/2 TD/INT ratio and leads the nation in passing efficiency at 186.33. On the ground, Mariota has rushed 117 times for 669 yards and 14 touchdowns. With Tampa's current situation at QB, it will be hard to pass on a talent like Mariota.
Dec 11 - 2:31 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper said he does not think there is a franchise QB in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Interesting. Kiper ranks Marcus Mariota as the No. 1 prospect on his board and Jameis Winston at No. 6. If those two, ranked so highly, are not franchise prospects at their positions then what does it say about the rest of the talent in this class in the eyes of Kiper? There really is no clear definition of "franchise quarterback," but if it is an Andrew Luck-type prospect, then don't expect one for quite some time.
Dec 11 - 10:28 AM

The Senior Bowl has invited Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota to participate in its exhibition.

Mariota, it seems, hasn't gotten back to them. There isn't much reason for him to do so, as the favorite to go No. 1 doesn't have much to gain by over-extending himself this winter. Mariota, named a Heisman finalist along with Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon and Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper, has thrown for 3,783 yards with a 38/2 TD/INT ratio while leading the nation in passing efficiency at 186.33 this season. In addition, he has 117 carries for 669 yards and 14 touchdowns. Expect to hear his name called as winner.
Dec 9 - 6:51 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota still "needs to improve his ball placement down the field."

"He needs to improve his ball placement down the field, especially when he can operate with a clean pocket, and doesn't always see all 11 defenders," Brugler writes. The Heisman hopeful has thrown for 3,783 yards with a 38/2 TD/INT ratio and leads the nation in passing efficiency at 186.33. On the ground, Mariota has rushed 117 times for 669 yards and 14 touchdowns. Brugler notes that Mariota showed far more good than bad against Arizona and believes he's "locked up the Heisman Trophy with his talented arm and athletic lower body."
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 9 - 2:00 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota is no longer considered a "can't miss" prospect, but is still viewed as a dangerous NFL weapon, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Mariota's mesmerizing physical traits have long captivated scouts," Rang wrote. "This year, however, he's also answered questions about his mettle and poise with impressive wins against physical defenses from Michigan State and Utah and exorcising demons against Stanford and Arizona." The Heisman favorite's stats are inflated by Oregon's spread attack, the analyst believes, as it affords him wide windows to throw into. "Like San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Mariota is potentially a special weapon," Rang wrote. "He possesses good, but not great accuracy from the pocket, however, and therefore there is some concern with how well his skill-set translates to the NFL."
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 9 - 1:33 AM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota, Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon, and Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper were named Heisman Trophy finalists.

A fourth candidate -- as expected -- didn't receive enough votes to qualify for a trip to New York. All three of this season's finalists would be worthy winners, but this year's trophy will almost assuredly be going to Mariota. He's thrown for 3,783 yards with a ridiculous 38/2 TD/INT ratio while leading the nation in passing efficiency at 186.33. In addition, Mariota has 117 carries for 669 yards and 14 touchdowns. Gordon, meanwhile, leads the nation in rushing yards (2,336) and touchdowns (26), while Cooper leads the nation in receptions (115) and receiving yards (1,656) to go with 14 touchdowns. The ceremony to crown the 80th Heisman Trophy winner will begin Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Dec 8 - 9:01 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks notes that Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota "showed scouts that he has all of the tools to be a dynamic offensive weapon down the road."

"Overall, Mariota continues to perform at a high level as the director of the Ducks' fast-paced offense. Although he will need to acclimate to a pro-style offense, he certainly showed scouts that he has all of the tools to be a dynamic offensive weapon down the road," Brooks wrote. The Heisman hopeful put on a show versus Arizona completing 25-of-38 attempts for 313 yards and two touchdowns in Friday's 51-13 win over Arizona, collecting 346 overall yards and five scores total. Brooks added that Mariota "showed evaluators that he could excel as a passer in a movement-based passing game that accentuated his talents as a mobile quarterback."
Source: NFL.com
Dec 8 - 4:20 PM

The Oregonian reports that Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota has won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

Mariota beat out UCLA's Brett Hundley, Mississippi State's Dak Prescott, USC's Cody Kessler and Baylor's Bryce Petty for the award. The Oregon prospect has thrown for 3,773 yards, with 38 touchdowns and two interceptions, while completing 68.3 percent of his passes this season. On the ground, Mariota has rushed for 669 yards and 14 touchdowns, with 53 total touchdowns on his 2014 resume.
Dec 8 - 3:57 PM