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Daniel Jeremiah spoke with three NFL execs who compared Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota to Colin Kaepernick.

"The easy answer is Kaepernick," One executive said. "Both have rare speed and were unpolished passers. Both were great kids coming out of college." A more athletic Sam Bradford was also mentioned, along with Robert Griffin III. Quarterback comparisons are always a bit forced, and Rotoworld's Josh Norris feels Mariota is much more comfortable in the pocket right now than Kaepernick and Mariota were exiting college.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 25 - 9:41 AM

An NFL talent evaluator said he grades Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota ahead of FSU's Jameis Winston "by a healthy margin."

"The source said he was highly impressed with Mariota's toughness in the Week 2 Michigan State game," NFL.com passed along. "He'd like to see the Ducks' QB make more throws into tight windows (Oregon's offense doesn't give him many opportunities to do so), but the evaluator noted that Mariota doesn't miss open targets." On talent alone, this is a debate. But when you add in Winston's off-field issues, very few analysts see the battle to be the top drafted QB in 2015 as close at the moment.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 24 - 6:28 PM

Oregon HC Helfrich mentions that Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota "on the field, off the field, behind the scenes, the guy is just off the charts."

"I spoke to a group yesterday and I told them, usually everybody's impressions of Marcus from afar are positive. And whatever you think of Marcus from afar, it's better. The real thing is better — on the field, off the field, behind the scenes, the guy is just off the charts and a tremendous, tremendous asset to our program in addition to all of his unbelievable physical exploits on the field," Helfrich told the Oregonian on Tuesday. While Mariota has been getting it done on the field, Helfrich notes that off the field Mariota has been "mentoring" the younger guys and the "biggest growth for him has definitely been as a leader."
Sep 24 - 3:08 PM

Oregon redshirt freshman WR Devon Allen had seven receptions for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Saturday's win over Washington State.

Allen isn't yet draft eligible, so you aren't hearing his name in draft circles at the moment, but that does not mean the NFL isn't monitoring his progress. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Allen won the NCAA 110 hurdle title over the summer with the second-fastest NCAA time ever (13.16). Is it any surprise that he's averaging 21.4 yards per catch on the season (14 receptions for 299 yards)? Allen hauled in an 80-yard Marcus Mariota touchdown in the first quarter of this contest, and he figures to continue padding the stud QB's stats with home runs the rest of the season.
Sep 22 - 2:45 AM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota completed 21 of 25 attempts for 329 yards and five interceptions in the school's 38-31 win over Washington State.

Mariota was sacked on seven occasions, only one of which appeared to take longer than 2.5 seconds. Oregon's make shift offensive line is a big issue, but Mariota is showing he has the talent to overcome it. The quarterback also rushed for 58 yards. Oregon faces Arizona after an off weekend.
Sep 21 - 9:22 AM

Pro Football Focus tabbed redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota with Oregon's top offensive grade in their week two matchup against Michigan State.

In fact, Mariota was the only Oregon player who received a very positive grade, in this case of a 2.6. We should note, These grades are an opinion and an evaluation, but PFF does a great job of watching every play. Of the 2.6 grade, 1.2 was in the passing game and 1.3 as a runner. What is noteworthy is PFF only tabbed Mariota with two runs in the whole game. As our own Josh Norris has said, Mariota does not receive enough credit for how comfortable he is in the pocket and he uses athleticism as a passer, not just a runner.
Sep 19 - 2:49 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota fell to No. 3 in both recent mock drafts conducted by CBS Sports' Rob Rang and Dane Brugler.

"The Raiders and Jaguars are a combined 0-4 and have been outscored 125-54," Brugler wrote. "Investments last May in quarterbacks Blake Bortles and Derek Carr, however, could have the franchises looking strongly at some of the other elite prospects, namely Texas A&M left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi or the gifted defensive linemen from Southern Cal and Nebraska, respectively, Leonard Williams and Randy Gregory." The Bucs held the No. 3 pick in both mock drafts. "From a physical and mental standpoint, Mariota checks almost every box for NFL scouts and projects as a more refined, humbler version of Colin Kaepernick," Rang wrote. If the No. 1 pick is won by a team that doesn't need a quarterback, expect that team to auction off the right to select Mariota.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 18 - 6:49 PM

The MMQB's Greg A. Bedard believes Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota is a "far more advanced passer" than Colin Kaepernick.

Bedard introduces the Kaepernick analogy for Mariota, stating it is the best comparison since (simply put) the two could make similar plays with their feet. "But that’s where the comparison should end," Bedard concluded, adding that Mariota has terrific ball placement. Bedard notes Mariota might fall into the same category as Teddy Bridgewater, who was passed over by at least one team because they did not see "enough of a commanding persona... That’s the landscape Mariota will be wading into." We believe if a team passes over a quarterback prospect for a lesser talent just because the former lacks a fiery personality, they are making a mistake.
Source: The MMQB
Sep 17 - 9:00 AM

Oregon starting senior LT Jake Fisher's knee injury "isn't considered season-ending," reports CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

He suffered a sprained left knee on the opening drive in Saturday's win over Wyoming. "According to a source, he will be sidelined less than a month, which is good news for Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost, who said that he hoped to get Fisher back 'pretty soon,'" Brugler wrote. "Fisher is expected to miss this weekend's game at Washington State, but the coaching staff is hopeful he will be back in the starting lineup for Arizona (October 2) or at UCLA (October 11). He is currently ranked as the No. 8 senior offensive tackle prospect for the 2015 NFL Draft and a possible top-100 pick."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 16 - 9:31 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler reports that Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota and junior DE Arik Armstead will both enter the draft after the season.

Both prospects purchased large disability insurance policies prior to the season, which the school ultimately covered. Mariota was always ticketed for the 2015 draft, so we'll instead focus on Armstead. The 6-foot-8, 280-pounder has basketball athleticism and light feet, meaning the mansion of his athletic potential doesn't have an easily perceivable ceiling. We're concerned, however, that he played so poorly as a true sophomore, once called basketball his "first love," and has been eying the 2015 draft for some time now. There are questions about Armstead that only his production can answer. "Armstead isn't as well-known nationally, but he leads the Ducks with 4.0 tackles for loss so far in 2014 and has the gifted skill-set that makes him a projected first round pick," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 16 - 6:39 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota "checks almost every box for NFL scouts, and projects as a more refined, humbler version of Colin Kaepernick," landing with the Bucs at the No. 3 pick in the 2015 draft.

"From a physical and mental standpoint, Mariota checks almost every box for NFL scouts and projects as a more refined, humbler version of Colin Kaepernick," Brugler wrote. With both Josh McCown and Mike Glennon potentially not the answer in Tampa, the Bucs could be in the market for a new signal caller come next spring. Tampa has struggled to consistently push the ball on offense in 2014 and the 6-foot-4, 219 pound Mariota could be the answer. On Saturday, Mariota completed 19 of 23 attempts for 221 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 48-14 blowout win over Wyoming.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 15 - 2:53 PM

Oregon starting senior LT Jake Fisher was seen with crutches and a "large" knee brace following the school's win over Wyoming.

Fisher moved over to left tackle following Tyler Johnstone's injury, but went down early in this contest and was replaced by a walk-on. The injury was to Fisher's left knee, and hopefully these are only precautionary measures.
Sep 13 - 5:28 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota completed 19 of 23 attempts for 221 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 48-14 win over Wyoming.

Mariota added another two touchdowns along with 71 yards on the ground. Oregon was held scoreless for the first time in forever, but Mariota quickly corrected this outlier. In fact, the quarterback ran in a score on the first play of the second quarter, and his second rushing touchdown was even more impressive. On the rush, Mariota went air born for the score, just getting the ball over the pylon. The nation's top quarterback prospect gave way to Jeff Lockie in the fourth quarter.
Sep 13 - 5:07 PM

Oregon started true freshman Tyrell Crosby at RT against Wyoming.

Andre Yruretagoyena, a redshirt junior, had been the starting right tackle with Jake Fisher moving over to the left side, but he went down with an injury. Keeping a clean pocket is very important in Oregon's offense, as Marcus Mariota can be very effective there.
Sep 13 - 3:05 PM

Oregon starting senior LT Jake Fisher left Saturday's game against Wyoming after injuring his left leg.

Fisher was looked at by trainers on the field but was able to gingerly walk off. He was later spotted with an ice bag on his left knee, however some suggested the injury was to the ankle. Oregon has been dealt a slew of injuries at the tackle position, and are currently utilizing a walk-on and true freshman as book end starters. Fisher is a real NFL talent.
Sep 13 - 2:24 PM


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