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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.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 23 - 7:05 PM

FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt still grades Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu as a first-round pick.

In fact, Klatt ranks Ekpre-Olomu as the No. 20 overall prospect on his Big Board. "Has to prove that he can come back from the knee injury that kept him out of the College Football Playoff, but he has solid skills as a cover corner," Klatt wrote. "Fluid mover down the field regardless of coverage." This ranking would have been no surprise at all before Ekpre-Olomu tore an ACL prior to the College Football Playoffs, but the corner's stock has unfortunately fallen in the industry since then. Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke recently wrote that Ekpre-Olomu would probably land in the Round 3-4 range.
Source: Fox Sports
Jan 22 - 7:12 PM

Oregon junior DL Arik Armstead grades out as NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's No. 13 prospect.

This is the highest we've seen Armstead graded. "Armstead has the same size and frame as Arizona Cardinals DE Calais Campbell," he wrote. "He primarily lines up at defensive end in the Ducks' three-man front and he will also take reps over the center. He is an outstanding run defender. He widens his base, quickly shoots his hands and anchors down. He has the quickness to close and make plays from the backside, but his effort is a little spotty. As a pass rusher, he doesn't have a quick first step, but he has very explosive hands to club blockers and generate pressure. He can lower his pads, latch on and create push with his bull rush. He is an ideal 3-4 DE at the next level." The 6-foot-8, 290-pound defensive end declared for the draft after posting 46 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks this past season.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 22 - 6:40 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 NFL.com. "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.
Source: NFL.com
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 junior DL Arik Armstead made his debut at No. 23 on Todd McShay's Big Board.

"This guy is straight out of central casting," McShay wrote. "He is long, strong and displays violent hands. He flashes big-time ability, but the question is whether he can develop into a more consistent player in the NFL than he was with the Ducks." The 6-foot-8, 290-pound defensive end declared for the draft after posting 46 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks this past season.
Jan 18 - 11:42 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

Oregon C Hroniss Grasu will not attend the Senior Bowl.

Grasu dealt with a significant foot or ankle injury the last few weeks of the season, so it makes sense why he would take the all star game off after playing in the semifinal and National Championship.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 17 - 11:25 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 junior DL DeForest Buckner announced he will return to school in 2015.

"After sitting down with my parents and weighing all the pros and cons, I have come to the conclusion that it is best for me to return to school for my senior year," Buckner said in a release. "I am close to finishing my degree, and that is very important to me. That is the reason I came here in the first place." This is great news for the Ducks, who lost star DE to the draft Arik Armstead earlier this week. Buckner has started 23 straight games and had 81 tackles this year. The 6-foot-7, 290-pounder offers good versatility.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 14 - 8:19 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.
Source: GoDucks.com
Jan 14 - 2:42 PM

Some in the NFL prefer Oregon junior DL DeForest Buckner to star teammate Arik Armstead, according to Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke.

NFL media analyst Daniel Jeremiah wrote the same last week, so perhaps Buckner's stock is picking up steam. Buckner has delayed an announcement about his future up until now, though he only has until Thursday to decide. The 6-foot-7, 290-pounder offers good versatility and could play in a variety of alignments.
Jan 14 - 12:55 AM


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