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Oregon junior DL Arik Armstead leaped to No. 9 on Todd McShay's most recent Big Board.

The analyst previously ranked the Ducks' prospect No. 23. "We recently studied Armstead's tape and were able to give him a full evaluation, which is why he made such a big move up the board this week," McShay wrote. "This guy is straight out of central casting. He is long, strong and displays violent hands. He flashes big-time ability, but the question is whether he can develop into a more consistent player in the NFL than he was with the Ducks. He didn't produce much in the way of sacks, but was able to generate pressure as a pass-rusher." Armstead made his debut on Mel Kiper's Big Board at No. 19 on Wednesday. The 6-foot-8, 290-pound defensive end posted 46 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks this past season. He grades out as NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's No. 13 prospect.
Jan 29 - 8:18 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota ranks as CBS Sports' Dane Brugler's No. 7 overall prospect.

"Isolating the traits, Mariota has the arm strength, athleticism and elite character for the NFL, but he's far from a can't-miss, taking a huge step from Oregon's offense to the pros," Brugler writes. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Heisman winner was the favorite to go No. 1 throughout the season, but momentum has started to move towards Jameis Winston. Some Draft evaluators are speculating that Mariota could drop in the draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 29 - 2:49 PM

"There's a real sense" the Tampa Bay Bucs have their sights set on selecting Oregon QB Marcus Mariota with the No. 1 pick, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

This sounds like a big deal, but on Jan. 29 it is not. Just got back and read blurbs on Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles at this time last year. So much of the draft process has not taken place yet, for better or worse. Many evaluators still prefer FSU's Jameis Winston. We think both are great quarterback prospects.
Source: ESPN
Jan 29 - 11:35 AM

Oregon junior DL Arik Armstead made his debut on Mel Kiper's Big Board at No. 19.

"Right now, Armstead's future as a football player far outpaces his ability," Kiper wrote. "But when you have a big-time athlete in a 6-8, 290-pound frame, a guy who, when he plays with leverage, can simply put blockers in the backfield and a guy who can move nimbly in space, it's that future you put a bet on. I'd say Armstead looks best as a 4-3 DE, but whoever drafts him should have an open mind about where he can play." Armstead declared for the draft after posting 46 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks this past season. He grades out as NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's No. 13 prospect.
Jan 29 - 1:32 AM

Former Buccaneers and Colts HC Tony Dungy compared Oregon QB Marcus Mariota to former Cal and current Packer QB Aaron Rodgers.

"He does remind me a lot of Aaron Rodgers coming out of college. You know, Aaron Rodgers didn't play for three (or) four years in Green Bay, and now he's arguably the best quarterback in football," Dungy said. "But I think Marcus has a lot of the same skill set. He has the same drive and determination. I just really think the world of him as a person. I just think he's special." Interestingly, Rogers was initially considered the No. 1 prospect in his class before falling to No. 24 overall; Mariota was also initially considered the No. 1 prospect in the 2015 class before reports surfaced suggesting he could drop in the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 28 - 11:34 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper dropped Oregon QB Marcus Mariota to No. 4 overall on his newest Big Board.

Mariota was previously ranked No. 1. "I love him as a player, but the more time I spend on Mariota, the harder it can be to separate him from what Oregon's offense is able to do to defenses, which is consistently offer great looks and easy reads," Kiper wrote. "That said, what's great about Mariota is how, despite the rushing yards, you simply can't call him a 'running quarterback.' He was as good a passer -- and with a pass-first mentality -- that even if you judged him on his passing exploits alone you'd have a really good prospect. He showed improved accuracy and anticipation, and the ability to throw on the run or simply take off and pick up chunks of yardage is a major plus. Mariota is no lock to be a star, but there's a lot to work with." Many analysts have flip-flopped their rankings of Mariota and Jameis Winston -- pushing Winston to No. 1 -- but Rotoworld's Josh Norris doesn't anticipate dropping Mariota from his No. 1 perch throughout the process.
Jan 28 - 6:57 PM

NFL Media Analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes Oregon QB Marcus Mariota "is a long-term play."

"Marcus Mariota I think is a long-term play. I think if you draft him for Year One, Year Two, you'll have to incorporate a lot of what he did at Oregon, a lot of the same offensive things, simplify things and let him use his legs. But he could have a nice payoff and develop down the line. If you want someone to just come in and play Day One, in an NFL system and come into your offense, I think it's Jameis Winston." Jeremiah said on NFL Network. Our own Josh Norris notes that Mariota "will receive the "system quarterback" comment from many, but it does not apply. He consistently shows comfort in the pocket to evade pressure with his eyes up and does work to multiple receivers in a progression." Mariota will remain Norris' No. 1 overall prospect throughout the draft process.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 28 - 3:42 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota has made it known that his injury (sprained AC Joint) could keep him from throwing at the NFL Combine, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports.

"Right now we're still making that decision, whether to throw at the combine. I had to kinda rest about a week-and-a-half," Mariota said, as reported by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. "I sprained the AC joint. But now, I'm able to throw. Feels good." Mariota sustained the injury when his shoulder was drove into the ground by Ohio State's Joey Bosa. The Heisman trophy winner was forced to miss four plays in the 4th quarter during the College Football Playoff National Championship. Mariota has been training in San Diego, and notes that he will partake in Oregon's annual Pro Day in March.
Jan 27 - 2:16 PM

Birds 24/7 reports that Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy mentioned that he's "a fan" of Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.

"He’s talented… One thing I have to say is he’s a talent," McCoy told Birds 24/7. "He can run, he’s fast, he can make the right throws, he’s smart with the reads and he’s very safe. As a player, I’m a fan of his for sure." While McCoy gave a raving review of Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, the talented back also gave his support for QB Nick Foles. With the Eagles picking at No. 20, it may take a real slide for Mariota to fall in their laps. Be prepared for the Eagles to start making calls to trade up, if a Mariota slide happens.
Source: Birds 24/7
Jan 26 - 3:52 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota sprained the AC joint in his throwing shoulder in the school's loss to Ohio State.

"Right now we're still making that decision, whether to throw at the combine. I had to kinda rest about a week-and-a-half," Mariota said. He is already able to throw, but many quarterbacks do not throw at the Combine regardless of health. This could also be a reason why Mariota did not attend the Senior Bowl, which he was eligible for.
Jan 26 - 9:38 AM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota dropped all the way to No. 18 in Bucky Brooks' mock draft.

"Given Andy Reid’s reputation for developing quarterbacks, Kansas City would be the ideal spot for Mariota to grow into a franchise player," was all Brooks wrote by way of explanation. Brooks had Jameis Winston going No. 1 to the Bucs, meaning he projected 17 teams to pass on the next-highest rated QB on the board, including a few with acute signal-calling needs, such as the Titans, Jets and Rams. The Eagles, it should be noted, pick No. 20, and figure to start making calls if Mariota begins to slide.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 23 - 7:05 PM

FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt still grades Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu as a first-round pick.

In fact, Klatt ranks Ekpre-Olomu as the No. 20 overall prospect on his Big Board. "Has to prove that he can come back from the knee injury that kept him out of the College Football Playoff, but he has solid skills as a cover corner," Klatt wrote. "Fluid mover down the field regardless of coverage." This ranking would have been no surprise at all before Ekpre-Olomu tore an ACL prior to the College Football Playoffs, but the corner's stock has unfortunately fallen in the industry since then. Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke recently wrote that Ekpre-Olomu would probably land in the Round 3-4 range.
Source: Fox Sports
Jan 22 - 7:12 PM

Oregon junior DL Arik Armstead grades out as NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's No. 13 prospect.

This is the highest we've seen Armstead graded. "Armstead has the same size and frame as Arizona Cardinals DE Calais Campbell," he wrote. "He primarily lines up at defensive end in the Ducks' three-man front and he will also take reps over the center. He is an outstanding run defender. He widens his base, quickly shoots his hands and anchors down. He has the quickness to close and make plays from the backside, but his effort is a little spotty. As a pass rusher, he doesn't have a quick first step, but he has very explosive hands to club blockers and generate pressure. He can lower his pads, latch on and create push with his bull rush. He is an ideal 3-4 DE at the next level." The 6-foot-8, 290-pound defensive end declared for the draft after posting 46 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks this past season.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 22 - 6:40 PM

FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt ranks Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota as the No. 1 player in the class.

As recently as a few weeks ago, this wouldn't have been news. Now, however, it's vogue to rank Mariota No. 2 -- amongst quarterbacks (behind Jameis Winston). Mariota fell to No. 6 overall on Todd McShay's recent Big Board, and NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah ranks the Oregon prospect No. 11. Many believe Mariota will fall in the draft, with some postulating that the Eagles will make a play up the board when he does. "Prototypical size at 6-feet-4 and 220 pounds and his arm is much stronger than most think," Klatt wrote. "The system at Oregon will not help him, but he would have flourished in any system that he played in. His best trait is his ability to extend the play and keep his eyes down the field for big plays."
Source: Fox Sports
Jan 22 - 5:35 PM

An AFC scout believes Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly will "mortgage the future to go get" Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota in the draft.

"All these teams high in the draft are all going to see the same things on tape with Mariota, and I'll bet he starts to fall on draft day," the scout said. "Once that happens, (Philadelphia Eagles coach) Chip (Kelly) will mortgage the future to go get him. If he misses on him, (Kelly) can just bolt back to college." The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Heisman winner was the favorite to go No. 1 throughout the season, but momentum has started to move towards Jameis Winston. Now, more people than this scouting source are speculating that Mariota could drop in the draft. "We've seen the same concerns on tape that everyone else is seeing in terms of his anticipation, pocket poise and simplicity of scheme," noted NFL.com. "Kelly recruited Mariota to Oregon to run his offense, and we're sure he would love to have a quarterback with Mariota's ability outside of the pocket to fully unlock the Eagles' offensive potential." The Eagles pick No. 20.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 21 - 8:42 PM


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