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One AFC Personnel Executive believes Oregon QB Marcus Mariota and FSU QB Jameis Winston are better than Blake Bortles.

We won't include the comments about the two comparing (or contrasting) to Andrew Luck as prospects, because any comparison is pointless. "They're both better than [Ryan] Tannehill when he came out. But neither of them is a slam dunk," the executive said. Rotoworld's Josh Norris places Mariota as the top quarterback in this class due to his eye level and positive pocket movement while working off his first read. The executive also notes "after the first two (quarterbacks), you're throwing darts."
Source: Philly.com
Dec 19 - 1:03 PM

In a mock draft published before the news of Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu's knee injury, ESPN's Todd McShay had the senior corner falling out of Round 1.

Ekpre-Olomu finished McShay's inaugural 2015 first-round mock draft as the No. 1 prospect available on the board. After sustaining what many believe to be a torn ACL, Ekpre-Olomu's stock is in for an unfortunate tumble. The 2014 First Team All-American and finalist for the Thorpe Award collected 63 tackles, two interceptions and 11 passes defended this season. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Ekpre-Olomu has been starting since his freshman campaign and leaves school with 40 career starts and 48 passes defended. McShay gives no reasoning for bypassing Ekpre-Olomu, though the senior's size and speed were consistently questioned prior to the injury.
Dec 18 - 2:58 PM

Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu's knee injury "puts his draft value in limbo," writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

While we only know at this time that IEO suffered a "serious" knee injury in Tuesday's practice, media reports have speculated that he might have a torn ACL. Formerly CBS' No. 1 ranked senior corner, Ekpre-Olomu (5-foot-10, 185 pounds) will now likely miss the Senior Bowl, NFL Combine and all other pre-draft workouts. "Pre-draft injuries that keep prospects from working out can be significant for players who have questions to answer about speed and athletic traits," Brugler wrote. "Ekpre-Olomu falls in that category because although he has excellent cover skills, fluid hips and coordinated footwork, he lacks ideal straight-line speed that teams covet at the position. His size was also a question mark and scouts were eager to see the Ducks corner face some of college football's top receivers in the Senior Bowl."
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 18 - 12:31 PM

Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (knee) has a $3 million loss of value insurance policy.

Ekpre-Olomu suffered what the media is calling a "serious knee injury" during Tuesday's practice, though the specific nature of that injury has not yet been disclosed. We do know, however, that it has ruled him out for the rest of the season. The insurance policy was paid for by the University of Oregon. If the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Ekpre-Olomu slips in the draft due to the injury, he will start collecting money at the beginning of Round 2. If he falls past the beginning of Round 3, he would receive all $3 million.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 18 - 10:52 AM

NFL.com's Charles Davis believes Oregon junior DL Arik Armstead "could use another year in school."

Yahoo! Sports recently reported that Armstead is "heavily leaning" towards declaring, and his father is already speaking with agents. Davis believes that's a bad idea. "He has a basketball background and is a very intriguing athlete who improved as the season progressed," Davis wrote. "Armstead is like an erector set -- he's big and long-levered. Another year of working on maintaining leverage against blockers and getting stronger could help him a lot." Even so, Armstead is likely NFL-bound. The defensive lineman has been told by NFL evaluators that he's a potential first-round pick. "Can see him going very, very high," one AFC West GM said in a document obtained by Yahoo!. "Has everything you want out of a [defensive lineman]. Height, length, power, pass rush ability. Needs to show more consistency, but raw potential is very intriguing. First round."
Source: NFL.com
Dec 18 - 1:44 AM

Comcast Sportsnet reports that Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu will miss the rest of the season with a serious knee injury, according to a team source.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Ekpre-Olomu has recorded 63 tackles and nine passes defended, including two interceptions this season. The Oregon prospect has started every game for Oregon, since taking over as a full-time starter as a freshman in 2011. In Ekpre-Olomu's absence, Oregon will start either senior cornerback Dior Mathis or redshirt freshman Chris Seisay.
Dec 17 - 4:09 PM

Yahoo Sport's Rand Getlin reports that Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu suffered a serious knee injury.

"Sources: Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu suffered what is believed to be a serious knee injury in practice yesterday. Concern it's a torn ACL," Getlin tweeted. It's unfortunate news for Ekpre-Olomu and the timing couldn't be any worse, as he was considered to be a top-tier cornerback in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Dec 17 - 3:08 PM

Oregon junior DL Arik Armstead is "heavily leaning" towards declaring for the 2015 NFL Draft, according to Rand Getlin.

Getlin says Armstead's father has already begun speaking with agents. The defensive linemen has heard from NFL evaluators who see a potential first-round pick. Can see him go very, very high," one AFC West GM said in a document obtained by Getlin. "Has everything you want out of a [defensive lineman]. Height, length, power, pass rush ability. Needs to show more consistency, but raw potential is very intriguing. First round." Armstead was viewed as a top offensive tackle recruit coming out of high school and has frequently flashed along the defensive line. He dealt with a number of injuries this season.
Dec 16 - 10:41 AM

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.
Source: The MMQB
Dec 16 - 10:30 AM

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


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