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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler said that while Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota is his favorite QB in the 2015 draft class, he's not the "can't miss prospect" that some have proclaimed him to be.

Brugler called Mariota's physical tools and numbers mesmerizing (Mariota's thrown for 24 touchdowns and just one interception while completing 68% of his passes), saying that they "dazzle scouts." Despite the high praise, Brugler pointed out that Mariota still isn't a perfect passer, calling him "good--not great." Mariota has also benefited from a college system designed to get him numbers. "Oregon's speed and scheme complicate Mariota's projection to the NFL as he won't see wide-open passing lanes at the next level," wrote Brugler. Still, Brugler and most draft experts believe Mariota has made the necessary progressions to succeed in the NFL.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 30 - 4:36 PM

Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans and Pete Thamel spoke with one NFL scout who questioned if Oregon redshirt junior is an "alpha male."

"Like if you punched him in the stomach, he might apologize to you," the scout said. "I just don’t know if he’s that alpha male that you’re looking for. This kid’s a kind of fly on the wall kind of guy." The scout went on to say he thinks the Duck is a competitive player, but does not believe Mariota will be a franchise "savior" from year one and will take some time in the NFL. We have never spent time playing in the NFL, but these comments are such rubbish if they are graded equally with on-field skill. These "personality" assessments were brought up with Teddy Bridgewater last year, and other prospects were criticized for having opposite personalities in previous years. With how many real concerns teams are faced with when evaluating prospects, a quarterback being "too nice" is a manufactured one.
Oct 29 - 11:58 AM

CBS Sports Dane Brugler notes that, while Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota's "talent is No. 1 overall pick worthy," he "certainly has the statistical resume to back it up as well."

Against California on Friday night, the Ducks prospect threw his first interception of the year on a tipped pass. Mariota's career TD-to-INT ratio is currently at 87-to-11. The 6-foot-4, 219-pound Mariota, also has 25 career fumbles on his resume and has lost 10 fumbles, while adding 19 rushing TDs on the ground.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 28 - 4:08 PM

Sports Illustrated's Zac Ellis believes Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota's "stock should rise even higher if he can sink Stanford this weekend."

"Moreover, Mariota is the No. 1 Heisman threat in the Far West voting region, and his stock should rise even higher if he can sink Stanford this weekend," Ellis wrote. The 6-foot-4, 219-pound Mariota completed 18 of 30 attempts for 326 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the school's 59-41 win over Cal on Saturday. Ellis adds that Mariota "is currently the country’s most efficient passer (192.18) and is tied for the national lead in yards per attempt (10.5). He’s completing 68.8 percent of his throws and has 24 touchdowns against a single interception."
Oct 27 - 2:36 PM

Oregon freshman RB Royce Freeman rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in Friday's win over Cal.

Freeman, described as Oregon's most talented runner since Jonathan Stewart, is one of the nation's hottest offensive players at the moment. Over his last three games, he's rushed for 402 yards and eight touchdowns on 69 carries. He's an early player to watch in the 2015 Heisman race.
Oct 26 - 2:58 PM

Oregon junior OW Bryan Marshall caught four balls for 133 yards and a touchdown in Friday's win over Cal.

The 5-foot-9, 201-pounder moved to wide receiver this season to make way for touted true freshman RB Royce Freeman, a transition that is best for Marshall's pro stock. Figuring out how to best utilize Marshall in this new role took a bit of time for the Ducks' coaching staff, but he's firmly ingratiated himself on the outside by now and become Marcus Mariota's favorite receiver. Marshall put up 1,038 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns as a true sophomore last year. He'll likely top his scrimmage yards in 2014. Marshall currently has 306 rushing yards and a touchdown, and 521 receiving yards and four air scores.
Oct 26 - 2:43 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota completed 18 of 30 attempts for 326 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the school's 59-41 win over Cal.

It was Mariota's first interception of the season, but that certainly did not negatively mask a great performance. Mariota made big boy throws downfield, including multiple passes that resulted in over 20 yards. He was limited to 36 rushing yards and used his mobility for passing success rather than running. Oregon faces Stanford next week.
Oct 25 - 10:17 AM

Oregon junior DL Arik Armstead and sophomore RB Thomas Tyner did not travel for the school's game against Cal.

Some might look at this from an injury perspective, but we are not so sure. Team officials did not end the speculation since they did not give a specific reason. Armstead did miss time recently with a left ankle injury (now two of the last three games), but he was confident he would play this week. Tyner did hurt his shoulder last week against Washington. Kicker Matt Wogan was also left at home.
Oct 24 - 10:24 PM

Oregon HC Mark Helfrich mentioned that Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota "can run any system and any offense at any level."

"Marcus can run any system and any offense at any level," Helfrich said on the College Football 24/7 Podcast. "Our system is our system. There's always that label, 'He's a system guy.' Everybody is a system guy. HC Helfrich mentioned that Oregon's system "has elements of a bunch, whether it's the West Coast offense, run-and-shoot, triple option, and our pro-style passing game." Helfrich believes Mariota has the "ability to make great decisions, in rhythm, on time and be accurate with the ball and be tough."
Source: NFL.com
Oct 24 - 3:25 PM

Oregon senior C Hroniss Grasu reminds an AFC scout of Browns' Pro Bowl center Alex Mack, reports NFL.com.

"That's about the highest praise a center can receive," observed Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis. "Interesting, too, because Auburn's Reese Dismukes entered the season as the near unanimous top prospect at the position, although Grasu was certainly in the conversation." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote over the summer that Grasu "will be downgraded because of poor measurables," but perhaps the center can mitigate those concerns by continuing to play like an All-American.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 23 - 8:29 PM

A general manager for an AFC team said Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota displays similar traits to 49ers' star Colin Kaepernick.

"Although the GM noted that Mariota has a noticeably weaker arm than Kaepernick, he doesn't believe his arm talent will be an issue as a pro, saying that his overall athleticism and physical tools make him a possible franchise quarterback," NFL.com added. Mariota has been compared to Kaepernick throughout the process by analysts, scouts and executives. NFL.com's draft team of Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis added that they've also heard comparisons to Johnny Manziel and RGIII. "The jury is definitely still very much out on Mariota and whether he can become a franchise-type quarterback at the next level," the trio wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 23 - 6:55 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Oregon could have double-digit draft picks this spring.

The Ducks have never had more than six players go in any one draft, but that's going to change this spring. Brugler projects seniors CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, OT Jake Fisher, C Hroniss Grasu, OLB Tony Washington and SS Erick Dargan to drafted, with OLB Derrick Malone and CB Troy Hill possibilities as well. In addition, underclassmen QB Marcus Mariota and DL Arik Armstead are reportedly planning to jump to the pros early. "A few more underclassmen could also declare, including DE DeForest Buckner, TE Pharaoh Brown and DE Christian French," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 22 - 1:53 AM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota "arguably has done his best work this season with heat in his face," according to Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke.

"Well, aside from being sacked a combined 12 times by Washington State and Arizona -- the direct result of Oregon's line dealing with injuries -- Mariota arguably has done his best work this season with heat in his face," Burke writes. Most recently, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound dual-threat completed 24-of-33 attempts for 336 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 45-20 victory over Washington. Burke adds that Mariota "has improved in keeping his eyes downfield and in taking short, safe passes rather than forcing throws."
Oct 21 - 3:52 PM

Oregon junior DL Arik Armstead expects to play against Cal despite dealing with a left ankle injury.

Oregon has a bit of a short week, as they face the Bears on Friday. Armstead started the game against Washington, but could only muster a few snaps before being replaced. The junior has not put all of his potential together, but on positive snaps he shows great strength and good movement skills for someone of his size.
Oct 21 - 10:02 AM

Oregon secondary coach John Neal believes senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu "will play for a long time" in the NFL due to "his conditioning."

"He will reach his full potential as an athlete probably when he's about 30. Then he's still going to be really good," Neal said, according to scout.com. "He's one of those guys who will play for a long time because of his conditioning. He'll be able to play any position he needs to play in the NFL." Neal adds that the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Ekpre-Olomu "is a first round talent and is what everybody wants in the NFL." If the Oregon prospect can grade out well against big-bodied wideouts, he'll have a shot to be a mid-to-late first-round pick.
Source: Scout.com
Oct 20 - 3:55 PM


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