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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

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is like "a better Colin Kaepernick," said an NFL scout.

"Kid's a good athlete," the scout said. "I kind of like him. But he's not a passer right now. He's a thrower. He's like a better Colin Kaepernick. Not that there's anything wrong with it, but this kid is kind of quiet. He's going to be a project the first year. But, other than Andrew Luck, all those guys are." Mariota ran a 4.52 forty with a 10-yard split of 1.57 this weekend. You know he'll put the time in to be a good pro," said another scout. "That's about as big an obstacle as there is at the position: guys that are willing to put in the time."
Feb 22 - 7:34 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that QBs Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota both "dazzl[ed] with their accuracy and arm strength during quarterback drills Saturday" and added it is "growing increasingly likely that Winston and Mariota will be the first two selections."

Rang's column reads like a smitten lover's diary entry. "I've been one of the fortunate few members of the media allowed into the quarterback workouts each year since 2007, when the NFL first opened its doors to anyone other than league personnel," he wrote. "At no point during that time has the two top quarterbacks each fared as well under the bright lights as Winston and Mariota did today." As the analyst notes, the biggest winners in the building might not have even been Winston or Mariota. "Titans general manager Ruston Webster and coach Ken Whisenhunt ... just saw the value of the No. 2 overall pick of the draft jump considerably," Rang wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 22 - 12:58 AM

Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu told reports that doctors have told him his knee is healing ahead of schedule.

Even so, IEO in all likelihood won't be ready for the 2015 opener, much less summer camp. "I'm going to have to be determined to learn the playbook and make sure all those mental reps those guys are getting on the field, I have to make sure I'm getting a double amount because I'm not going to actually be on the field," he said. "You just have to work as hard as you can every day." Ekpre-Olomu, who tore an ACL prior to the College Football Playoffs, said his instincts and quickness are his biggest strengths on the field. "I'm a versatile player," Ekpre-Olomu said. "I was able to play nickel throughout my career at Oregon and it is going to help me in the long run because now the league runs through the slot receiver. If you can have a guy that can cover the slot and shut him down, it helps the team. And that's all you're looking forward to, trying to win games for the team."
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 22 - 12:18 AM

Oregon T Jake Fisher has made a case at the combine that he can play left tackle in the NFL, NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said.

Regular readers know we've been higher on Fisher than consensus opinion for some time. Oregon's high-flying offense sputtered when he missed two games this season with a leg injury, causing the entire offensive line to crater. When Fisher returned, the Ducks returned to their high-octane ways (the Ducks surrendered 12 sacks in the two games Fisher missed, and 19 in the 13 games in which he played). Fisher (6-foot-6 1/8, 306 pounds, with a 82-inch wingspan) clocked a 5.01 forty, a good 1.75 second 10-yard split, a sensational 4.33 second 20-yard shuttle, and a super 32.5 inch vertical. Heading into the event, many thought Fisher would have to move to RT, but Mayock said, "He's making a case for, 'I'm a left tackle.'" NFL Network analyst Shaun O'Hara, a former NFL OL, said: "He looked really polished."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 8:05 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota ran an "unofficial" 4.52 forty with a 10 yard split of 1.57.

The Combine might matter the least for quarterbacks, but they might receive the most attention. We think many will catch up on Mariota being comfortable and poised in the pocket, and that he uses his mobility as a passer and not just a runner to find receivers downfield.
Feb 21 - 1:33 PM

General manager Ray Farmer said "all options are on the table for the Browns."

He made the comment in response to a question about his willingness to package the Nos. 12 and 19 picks to move up to draft a quarterback. The Browns are reportedly interested in Marcus Mariota. "There's nothing that we don't look at," Farmer said. "There's no circumstances that we haven't tried to put together a framework for what's the right thing to do and what those costs are. We've done a cost-benefit analysis as to what it's going to take to make any sort of move in free agency or the draft." In addition to Mariota, UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley said he met with the Browns on Tuesday. Of course, Farmer could bypass quarterbacks in the draft in favor of bringing back Brian Hoyer or signing somebody like Mark Sanchez.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 12:01 AM

New York Jets GM Mike Maccagnan declined to say if he was targeting a QB at the No. 6 pick.

"The sixth pick is a nice pick to be at. We're not going to lock ourselves into one (player) and say that's the one we have to get. I think that's an area where a lot of teams tend to be undisciplined at times. They make mistakes because they force picks," said Maccagnan. New York at No. 6 has been Mariota's most popular mock draft destination in recent weeks. The Jets, however, are smart not to box themselves into a strategy at this juncture. The organization has around $50 million of cap room to spend. New York could elect to target a different position at No. 6, sign a veteran like Brian Hoyer to battle Geno Smith, and then draft a developmental QB on Day 3.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 11:22 PM


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