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2015 NFL DRAFT

Marcus Mariota, QB

School: Oregon  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 215 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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521

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Workout Results
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STRENGTHS: Often lauded for his intelligence, humility and work ethic. Effortless arm strength to zip the ball up and down the field and his gazelle-like athleticism to out-run defenders.

Does an excellent job of dancing his way out of pressure while keeping his eyes downfield. Quick release and flashes deadly accuracy, including when on the move. Very strong arm and isn't afraid to make challenging throws through tight windows. Shows good touch to loft passes over defenders down the seam or to backs and receivers on quick swing passes.

Puts extreme pressure on the defense because of his scrambling ability. He offers rare straight-line speed, making him a legitimate threat for a big play via his arms or legs on every snap.

WEAKNESSES: The Ducks' innovative offense simplifies QB decisions and this is roughly the same scheme Mariota played in high school. As such, some of the basics like taking the ball from under center and scanning downfield while dropping back are skills Mariota hasn't been asked to master yet.

Overly reliant on his first read, and occasionally commits the cardinal sin of throwing late across his body. Accuracy can be an issue, as Mariota misses too many open receivers, including high-percentage underneath passes.

COMPARES TO: Colin Kaepernick, 49ers -- Inconsistent accuracy is one of several reasons why Mariota most closely resemblesKaepernick among current NFL quarterbacks. Because of their extraordinary acceleration, each is a true dual-threat. Further, both adept at sliding laterally to create wider throwing lanes and using their velocity to zip passes through them. Neither Kaepernick nor Mariota, however, consistently throw their receivers open, only sporadically providing teammates run-after-the-catch opportunities.

--Rob Rang (12/7/14)

Player Overview

Mariota was a three-star prospect out of Honolulu who put his dual-threat skills on display in leading St. Louis High School to a state title.

Timed at 4.48 seconds in the 40-yard dash at a high school all-star game, he was considered by then-Oregon coach Chip Kelly to be a perfect fit for the Ducks' offense. When Dennis Dixon left Eugene a year early, Mariota stepped in as the starter as a redshirt freshman in 2012.

He is blessed with extraordinary tools and his production has been outstanding, including his Heisman Trophy resume in 2014.

Some might write Mariota off due to the offense he runs, but his skill-set projects well to the next level because he's a smart, confident passer who is just scratching the surface of what he can do.

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01/26/2015 - Injury could keep Mariota from throwing at combine...Given the Heisman Trophy winner's incredible success at Oregon, Mariota's workout may not seem important to his final grade. Mariota completed a sparkling 66.75 percent of his passes over the past three seasons for the Ducks for 10,796 yards and threw 105 touchdowns against just 14 interceptions. The speedy 6-foot-4, 219-pounder also ran for another 2,237 yards and 29 scores, earning comparisons to San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick for his dazzling dual-threat capabilities. Few of the passes Mariota attempted at Oregon, however, translate directly to most NFL offenses and there are concerns that he will struggle with durability should he run often against NFL defenses.

Mariota is battling with Florida State's Jameis Winston to be the first quarterback selected. At this time, Winston has overtaken Mariota atop NFLDraftScout.com's board. While there are plenty of concerns about Winston off the field, his success in a pro style offense makes him an easier projection to the NFL. He is the more accurate passer from the pocket. A strong showing in Indianapolis with Mariota sidelined could give Winston momentum as the draft nears. Sources close to NFLDraftScout.com's No. 3-rated quarterback Brett Hundley suggest that the UCLA quarterback will fully participate at the combine. According to the staradvertiser.com report, Mariota has been training in San Diego with Kevin O'Connell and Ryan Flaherty of Prolific Athletes. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

 

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