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2015 NFL DRAFT

Marcus Mariota, QB

School: Oregon  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Honolulu, HI
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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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12/07/2014 - Oregon punches ticket to playoff by dominating Arizona...No. 2 Oregon left little for the College Football Playoff selection committee to contemplate regarding the Ducks' postseason status. Oregon virtually assured itself a berth in the four-team national championship playoff by squashing the No. 7 Arizona Wildcats 51-13 on Friday in the Pac-12 championship game at Levi's Stadium. The Ducks (12-1) dominated the game, outgaining Arizona 640-224 and avenging their only loss of the season - a 31-24 Arizona victory in Eugene, Ore., on Oct. 2. Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota downplayed the revenge factor, though. "We had a lot of motivation to win this game," he said. "We didn't put much emphasis on (revenge), because that can be a distraction. We just played better this time."

Oregon scored more than 40 points for the eighth consecutive game, and Mariota - voted the game's most outstanding offensive player - probably improved his Heisman Trophy chances by completing 25 of 38 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He also rushed for three touchdowns and has accounted for a conference-record 53 touchdowns this season. "If this guy isn't what the Heisman Trophy is all about, then I'm in the wrong profession," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said. Freshman running back Royce Freeman rushed for 114 yards for Oregon. The only question for the Ducks is whether they will be ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the final College Football Playoff rankings. In either case, Oregon will likely play its semifinal game in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. - The Sports Xchange

 

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