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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

Oregon freshman RB Royce Freeman had a career game in Saturday's win against Washington, rushing for 169 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries.

Fox Sports Bruce Feldman wrote that Freeman is a "stronger, more physical version" of De'Anthony Thomas last month, and said he was Oregon's most talented runner since Jonathan Stewart. Both are difficult assertions to argue. The 6-foot, 229-pound Freeman's presence prompted the Ducks coaching staff to shift former starting RB Byron Marshall to receiver. He's that talented.
Oct 19 - 5:55 PM

Oregon junior TE Pharaoh Brown had three catches for 99 yards in Saturday's 45-20 victory over Washington.

It was a career game for Brown, one week after he posted his previous career best yardage mark (five catches for 84 yards and a touchdown in a 42-30 victory over UCLA). The 6-foot-5, 241-pounder is a little raw, but he runs a 4.74 forty and could turn himself into a hot prospect if he continues to gain Marcus Mariota's confidence. Rob Rang of CBS Sports wrote over the summer that Brown "has the talent to be Oregon's next star tight end" because he's "a talented athlete with good size and big, soft hands."
Oct 19 - 5:26 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota completed 24-of-33 attempts for 336 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 45-20 victory over Washington.

This was the first time he'd gone over 300 yards since September 20 against Washington State. Mariota has posted a ludicrous 19/0 TD/INT ratio and 70.2 completion percentage, easily career bests. As is often the case, Mariota faced pressure in this game, but seamlessly danced away and made intelligent decisions, checking down or throwing the ball away. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound dual-threat is the favorite to go No. 1 in the spring draft.
Oct 19 - 5:06 PM

The Oregonian reports that Seth Green, a Rivals four-star and the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the country, announced his verbal commitment to the University of Oregon on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Green chose to pass on Michigan State and Minnesota to sign with Oregon. The signal-caller from Woodbury, Minnesota had other offers on the table from Iowa, Illinois, Iowa, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Wisconsin and Toledo. The junior, the dual-threat quarterback has thrown for 1,319 yards and has 435 yards on the ground with 16 touchdowns combined.
Oct 15 - 4:31 PM

Fox Sports' Stewart Mandel notes that with Georgia's Todd Gurley in exile, Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota "is the best player in college football, and it’s not even close."

"I don’t know what will happen the rest of the way, but as of today, with Todd Gurley in exile, Mariota is the best player in college football, and it’s not even close. The Oregon quarterback lost his top four receivers from last season and has played behind a patchwork offensive line that’s allowed nearly as many sacks (15) as it did all of last year (18). And yet, he’s the nation’s top-rated passer," Mandel wrote. Mandel added that "in the playoff era," the 6-foot-4, 225-pound dual-threat "needs to beat the Cardinal this year" in order to win the Heisman.
Source: Fox Sports
Oct 15 - 2:28 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota said he will wait until after the season to decide whether or not to jump to the NFL.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound dual-threat is considered the favorite to go No. 1 in the spring draft. Of course, he turned down the opportunity to be a top-10 pick last winter, so all bets are off when projecting Mariota's future plans. "I'm really trying to prolong it as much as I can because once you start diving into those things, it can become a distraction," Mariota said Tuesday. "There are lot of things that kind of play into those decisions. I'm waiting till the end of the year and we'll make the decision as a family."
Source: NFL.com
Oct 14 - 10:14 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Oregon senior OT Jake Fisher's "return to the field provided the inspiration and blocking necessary to give the Ducks flight in the showdown with UCLA."

"Heisman hopeful Marcus Mariota will get most of the attention but it was Oregon left tackle Jake Fisher, whose return to the field provided the inspiration and blocking necessary to give the Ducks flight in the showdown with UCLA," Brugler wrote. Without the 6-foot-6, 299-pound Fisher in the lineup, Oregon had to shift players around the offensive line. In Fisher's absence the Ducks gave up a combined 12 sacks to Washington State and to Arizona. Rang adds that, "scouts will give Fisher high marks for his toughness for returning early from a knee injury but also for his impressive physical skills."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 14 - 2:29 PM

In CBS Sports' Rob Rang's latest mock draft he believes the "Bucs need to find a franchise quarterback of their own" and at No. 3, Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota "possesses the exciting traits, including the mobility, arm and composure to project as a franchise quarterback."

"A spanking by Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens only served as more evidence that the Bucs need to find a franchise quarterback of their own. Mariota's production is certainly inflated by Oregon's scheme but he possesses the exciting traits, including the mobility, arm and composure to project as a franchise quarterback," Rang writes. The Oregon propsect completed 17 of 27 attempts for 210 yards and two touchdowns while adding 75 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground in the school's 42-30 win over UCLA.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 13 - 2:43 PM

Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu "showed off his terrific instincts" Saturday versus UCLA, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Ekpre-Olomu intercepted his ninth career pass in the contest. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Ekpre-Olomu has earned consecutive First-Team All-Pac-12 honors. 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: CBS Sports
Oct 13 - 2:52 AM


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