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Los Angeles is "looking like a solid front-runner" for the 2015 NFL Draft, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

Brandt is very connected to the actual event and helps them decide which prospects should be invited to attend every year. The league has previously stated the event will be held in either Chicago or L.A. in 2015, and some have even speculated the draft could be split into to cities and extended another day, totaling four.
Aug 1 - 5:06 PM

Grantland's Robert Mays believes Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota "needs to show improvement as a dropback passer."

When discussing the decision teams will have between Mariota and Jameis Winston, Mays writes "it really depends on what you’re looking for... Mariota is a dual threat, closer to Colin Kaepernick — less polished, but possibly more terrifying." In the past, Oregon quarterbacks have been runners first and lacked awareness in the pocket. We think pocket patience and poise are the most underappreciated aspects to Mariota's game. He wins inside and outside of the pocket.
Source: Grantland
Jul 31 - 1:12 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota will be eligible for the 2015 Senior Bowl.

The Senior Bowl's twitter account proclaimed as much. Mariota is two credits shy of graduating, and is taking golf and yoga to complete his General Science degree this fall. The NFL has seemingly rewarded quarterbacks that attend the Senior Bowl in recent years (EJ Manuel over Geno Smith, Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo and Logan Thomas over Zach Mettenberger and AJ McCarron), but it is possible their evals could have been better regardless. The event is the first time for position coaches to get a look at that year's draft prospects.
Jul 29 - 1:47 PM

Oregon senior C Hroniss Grasu "will be downgraded because of poor measurables," notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The analyst says "many" believe a stock drop is coming due to the concern, but added this: "A west coast scout told me it's not a concern as the Ducks offensive lineman will measure over 6-feet/3-inches and right around 300-pounds." The 2013 All-American surprisingly decided to return to school over the winter along with redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota and senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks him as the No. 1 senior center.
Jul 27 - 11:48 PM

A film study by TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline confirmed in his mind that Oregon redshirt junior Marcus Mariota would have been the first QB taken in the 2014 draft.

"Mariota is an exciting prospect in every way; physically, intellectually, instinctively," Pauline wrote. "I’m told one of the primary reasons Maroita stayed for another college season was his age; he would’ve been a 20 year old rookie if he entered the draft and the feeling in his inner circle was that’s too young for a signal caller in the NFL." Another reason he reportedly stayed was his lithe frame. Mariota has labored to add 40 pounds and still clocks a 4.45 forty. He's the early favorite to go No. 1 in the 2015 draft.
Jul 27 - 9:58 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline believes Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu would have been the first corner taken in the 2014 draft had he declared early.

Pauline grades Ekpre-Olomu as a preseason top-10 prospect. "After watching the film and talking to scouts the feeling is forty time/speed will be the only outstanding question on Ekpre-Olomu’s game," he wrote. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound IEO has earned consecutive First-Team All-Pac-12 honors the past two years and has the ability to be a shutdown corner at the next level.
Jul 27 - 9:30 PM

Former Georgia Tech sophomore QB Ty Griffin transferred to Oregon.

After sitting out the 2014 season, Griffin will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2015. Griffin was a two-star recruit last year who will have a heck of a time supplanting Oregon's elite QB recruits for playing time even after Marcus Mariota heads to the pros. So why did he make this decision? Griffin's younger brother Taj, ranked by Rivals as the No. 1 all-purpose running back in the country in 2015, verbally committed to Oregon in April.
Jul 24 - 2:59 PM

Oregon HC Mark Helfrich praised redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota's practice habits.

"He cares more about practice rep 13, period 12 than any guy I've been around," Helfrich said. Mariota has been described as a quiet leader in the past, but he really is the face of Oregon football at the moment. The quarterback is a great talent and enters the season as 2014/2015's top prospect. Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman notes Mariota added 40 pounds and clocks around a 4.45 forty.
Jul 24 - 9:52 AM

NFL.com named Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Nebraska DE Randy Gregory, and UCLA LB Myles Jack as the three preseason frontrunners for the Bednarik Award.

The honor is given annually to the nation's best defender. It features a stacked list of candidates this fall. The website calls Ekpre-Olomu the country's "most hyped corner," Jack the nation's "best-known linebacker," and predicts Gregory will post double-digit sacks and 20 tackles for loss.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 19 - 5:54 PM

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the 2015 NFL Draft will be held in Los Angeles or Chicago.

"We’re focusing solely on Los Angeles and Chicago now," Goodell said Thursday. "I believe the decision will come in late summer, but we’re not going to be bound by that." The commissioner added the NFL is still considering expanding the draft from three to four days. Previous reports suggested different days of the event could be held in different locations.
Source: LA Times
Jul 18 - 10:55 AM

Oregon junior DE Arik Armstead earned a Round 7 grade from TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Armstead has two seasons of eligibility left to transcend this projection, and he has more than enough talent to do so. For starters, he's a 6-foot-8, 280-pound monster with basketball athleticism and light feet. Armstead had a productive freshman campaign as a rotational player, but he turned off scouts with a disappearing act as a sophomore in 2013. If he's productive as an every-down player this fall, Armstead will have the opportunity to opt into the draft early.
Jul 13 - 11:03 PM

Oregon senior C Hroniss Grasu headlined a list of 66 players named to the preseason Rimington Award watch list.

Auburn's Reese Dismukes and Kansas State's Thomas Finney are two other notable names on the award's watch list. The Rimington is given annually to the nation's best center.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 11 - 7:51 PM

The Jim Thorpe Award released its 39 player watch list on Friday.

The honor is given annually to the nation’s top defensive back. Alabama’s Landon Collins, Oregon’s Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves and Ole Miss’ Cody Prewitt, all semifinalists for the award last year, were included. Five schools had two players named: Arkansas State, Boise State, Florida State, Michigan State and UCF. The award's three 2013 finalists -- winner Darqueze Dennard of Michigan State, Justin Gilbert of Oklahoma State and Lamarcus Joyner of Florida State -- were all drafted in May.
Jul 11 - 6:38 PM

While spending the weekend at the 19th annual Manning Passing Academy, Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota said he's learned "a lot of under-center stuff" from the Manning brothers.

"They've taught me a lot of under-center stuff, and making sure my base is my foundation," Mariota said. "They've helped me understand that I have to throw with my feet, and that will help me a lot with accuracy and different things like that. Hopefully I can apply that." Working under center, is something the Heisman candidate plans to adjust, as he gets his game ready for the NFL. In his time in Eugene, Mariota has run an Oregon offense that uses shotgun snaps almost exclusively.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 11 - 5:08 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota and USC junior DL Leonard Williams "are in a tier of their own" among Pac-12 prospects.

After these two, Weidl lists Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat, Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and UCLA redshirt junior quarterback Brett Hundley at No. 3, 4 and 5 respectively. We would agree, as Mariota enters the season as the top quarterback prospect with Williams as a possible top ten selection.
Jul 8 - 11:35 AM


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