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The MMQB's Peter King believes Oregon QB Marcus Mariota "is going to get very attractive as the scouting process progresses."

"If he’s not the number one pick, and if Tennessee is being honest in affirming often how much they like Zach Mettenberger and passes on Mariota, then the jockeying will begin for him," King writes. Our own Josh Norris agrees that Mariota's evaluation will "rise" throughout the process, as many realize his concepts were more advanced than given credit for. He has foundation quarterback traits.
Source: The MMQB
Mar 3 - 10:21 AM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks notes that, scouts are are concerned about Oregon QB Marcus Mariota's "ability to master dropback footwork."

"In addition, scouts are concerned about Mariota's ability to master dropback footwork, given that he extensively operated in the shotgun in Eugene. Although this would appear to be a minor adjustment on the surface, Mariota will need to retrain his eyes and feet to become a deadly passer from the pocket," Brooks wrote. NFL teams will be observing Mariota's progress from the combine, up until now. At his pro-day and private workouts, the Heisman Trophy Winner will have a huge opportunity to show off his football IQ, and his ability to succeed in the pocket during drills. The Ducks prospect is a top-five prospect in this years' draft.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 2 - 2:40 PM

In regards to the rumor the Eagles have a trade lined up with the Bucs for the No. 1 pick, ESPN's Pat Yasinskas says to "scrap that rumor -- for now."

Yasinskas spoke with two members of the Philadelphia media who also heard rumblings that a trade was "imminent." The trade rumor involved: Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy and three first-round draft picks to the Bucs for the No. 1 pick in the draft. Unless it is for the first or second pick in the draft, we doubt Foles will be included. The Eagles would be moving up from pick No. 20, but we doubt they will match the Redskins 2012 trade of swapping 1sts, two more first-round picks and a second-round pick. The price is only as much as a team is willing to give up.
Source: ESPN
Mar 2 - 11:13 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes the team drafting Oregon QB Marcus Mariota must incorporate "some up-tempo and zone-read elements into your offense while at the same time helping him improve at winning from inside the pocket, which is what he'll ultimately need to learn in order to have long-term success."

But just which team will that be? McShay believes the Jets at No. 6 are a realistic possibility if the Titans pass at No. 2. He also thinks the Rams, Eagles, and Texans are trade-up possibilities, while the Browns probably aren't after spending a Round 1 pick on Johnny Manziel last year. "I have no idea if [Chip Kelly would] be willing to give up as much as it would take to jump up 15 or more spots to get ahead of the Jets at No. 6 (and remember, Washington has the No. 5 pick; I don't think it'd be too eager to help its division rival Eagles get their guy at QB) -- likely in the neighborhood of two first-rounders plus other picks and/or players," McShay wrote. "He's already gotten adequate quarterback play from Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez -- does he want to give up that much just for Mariota?"
Mar 1 - 9:39 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes Oregon DL Arik Armstead "didn't exactly prove anything" at the combine.

Armstead logged a 5.10-second 40-yard dash, 24 bench reps, a 34-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-9 broad jump and a 4.53-second short shuttle. "He also failed to show a great first step, though he had slightly above-average athletic ability," Brandt wrote. "Still, Armstead has 'potential' written all over him. What keeps me from being discouraged? His impressive performance in the College Football Playoff Championship Game, during which he racked up nine total tackles and a fumble recovery. His less-than-stellar combine showing aside, I still think Armstead has a chance to be something in pro football." Armstead, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's No. 13 prospect, has drawn comparisons to Dion Jordan and Ziggy Ansah.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 28 - 5:09 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is a better long-term prospect than Florida State QB Jameis Winston, according to NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt.

We'll find out the month after next if Tampa Bay's brass agrees. It's universally agreed that Winston is a superior short-term prospect, coming out of a pro-style offense at FSU. Mariota doesn't come with Winston's character concerns, but he'll be more of a project on the field due to his forthcoming acclimation to a standard pro scheme. The Duck prospect, however, is a tool shed of a prospect who combines quick-twitch athleticism, accuracy and pocket poise. We rank Mariota as the top prospect in the class.
Feb 28 - 4:20 PM

Oregon redshirt senior T Andre Yruretagoyena has retired from football.

The offensive lineman said he plans to "focus on getting my body healthy and graduating" in the coming months. Yruretagoyena was one of the linemen injured for the Ducks last season, in this case a leg injury. That means four OL from last year will not be on the roster in 2015.
Source: Go Ducks
Feb 28 - 12:57 PM

One NFL scout told the MMQB's Robert Klemko that Oregon QB Marcus Mariota "did much better on the board than expected."

"His football IQ was surprisingly good," the scout said. Expectations can lead to disappointment or surprise in a positive way. One question is why would Mariota performing well in this area be a surprise? He ran his offense at Oregon masterfully and displayed understanding and traits that transcended play calls. The whole "pro style" system has so much grey area to it, as there is more overlap in the NFL now than in recent memory. Fit schemes to the top talents on the team instead of being a stubborn coach stuck in your ways.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 27 - 10:04 AM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota climbed five spots in Daniel Jeremiah's latest rankings and now sits at No. 7.

Jeremiah also mock Mariota to the Rams in his latest projection of the first 32 picks, saying "The Rams can't rely on Sam Bradford to stay healthy, and Mariota would be a great fit with their current offensive personnel." We must say it: Mariota does not receive enough credit for his foundation quarterback traits of poise, patience, movement inside of structure and eye level in the face of pressure.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 27 - 9:12 AM

Oregon will conduct its pro day on March 12.

Evaluators will descend upon Eugene to put QB Marcus Mariota through the paces, and you can bet Tampa Bay's brass will all tote their magnifying glasses. At the link below, NFL Media has listed all pro dates, beginning on March 2 (Minnesota, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Troy, Virginia and Wake Forest) and ending on April 9 (UTEP).
Source: NFL.com
Feb 26 - 10:39 PM

In NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's latest mock draft, he believes Oregon QB Marcus Mariota would be a "great fit" with the St. Louis Rams' current offensive personnel.

"The Rams can't rely on Sam Bradford to stay healthy, and Mariota would be a great fit with their current offensive personnel," Jermiah wrote. The Rams will continue to run the football, and if the Rams move on from Sam Bradford or he just can't stay healthy, Mariota could be worked in slowly with a strong running attack to fall back on. Coach Fisher did have success in Tennessee with Steve McNair under center, and could find a way to utilize Mariota's dual-threat abilities. However, it would be very surprising to see the Oregon signal caller slip past the Jets at No. 6.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 25 - 2:01 PM

The MMQB's Peter King does not see Oreogn QB Marcus Mariota getting past the Jets at pick No. 6.

This might seem like an obvious statement, but others have projected Mariota outside of this spot. It is amazing how little Mariota is being linked to pick No. 1. He is not out of contention for that spot. King also mentions the Redskins at No. 5 as a possible trading partner for any other team hoping to move up for a quarterback.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 25 - 11:13 AM

Since there's "very minimal proof" on tape of Oregon QB Marcus Mariota as a pocket passer, NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock believes "it's a leap of faith" with Mariota for most teams.

"He's the classic case of 'OK, all these individual components work. How much do we believe that he can transition into the role of NFL pocket passer?'" Mayock said. "Since there's very minimal proof of it on tape, it's a leap of faith. And I think most people are going to take that leap because the kid is so solid, so smart and so hardworking, they believe he'll be able to do it." The Heisman Trophy winner has shown poise in the pocket, with the ability to use his mobility as a passer and not just a runner to locate his targets downfield. Mariota has also shown that he's been able to fit the ball into tight windows when needed.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 3:30 PM

Oregon DL Arik Armstead is a "little bit like Datone Jones but much taller and bigger," said an NFL scout.

"Same kind of player," he said. "He has the athleticism but production has been minimal. When you're a really tall player you have to have either really good strength or play with really good technique and fundamentals. He doesn't have either yet. He plays hard. He's got the ability. It's just not totally there yet. He's going to be a rusher on the inside." Armstead, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's No. 13 prospect, has drawn comparisons to Dion Jordan and Ziggy Ansah. "He plays like a man," another scout said. "Can be a five-technique. Damn right he has pass rush. Really a good player."
Feb 24 - 12:27 AM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota impressed NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock with his footwork on Saturday.

"You can see how athletic he is," Mayock said. "He ran the 4.5. You can see that translate to his dropbacks, a sense of urgency with his feet. I know he'll be able to adapt to being able to get under center. It's the pocket awareness part that you can't tell out here. Physically, he'll be able to do all the things they ask of him." Most believe that Jameis Winston is going No. 1 to the Bucs, but even Mayock, one of the most plugged-in commentators in the business, has no ideas what the Titans intend to do at No. 2. Mayock said the team's plans might not become clear until the night of Day 1. CBS Sports' Rob Rang, meanwhile, posited after Saturday's workouts that it is "growing increasingly likely that Winston and Mariota will be the first two selections."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 11:42 PM


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