2015 NFL DRAFT

Marcus Mariota, QB

School: Oregon  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 222 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
221

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.522.621.57- 3610'1"4.116.87
Workout Results
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • New York Jets | #6
    Another rusher or receiver makes sense here, but the Jets may not be able to overlook Mariota falling into their lap. New general manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles have no ties to incumbent starting quarterback Geno Smith and have investigated each of the top passers in this draft class. Mariota's athleticism, intelligence and quick release fit well in offensive coordinator Chan Gailey's scheme.
  • New York Jets | #6
    The wild card of the 2015 NFL Draft: who will draft Mariota? He could easily be gone in the top five, but if still on the board for the Jets at No. 6, it makes a lot of sense for New York to pull the trigger and land the Jets' quarterback of the future.
  • New York Jets | #6
    He drops a little, which is surprising, but the Jets have a new general manager and coach who might not be tied to Geno Smith, so this makes sense.
  • Philadelphia Eagles | #2
    Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon ? Chip gets his guy through some fancy draft-day finagling. It theoretically does cost him a lot in this draft if he has to pay an expediency tax to the Browns and Titans, but the thinking here is he loves Mariota enough to push hard once draft day rolls around.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

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

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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03/24/2015 - Whisenhunt would start Mariota if picked No. 2...If Marcus Mariota is the No. 2 overall pick, he would also be the No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart with the Tennessee Titans. "You're talking about taking a quarterback with the first or second pick, you're probably going to play that guy," said Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt of the Oregon quarterback. "As far as whether or not he's ready to do it, we're still in the process of evaluating. We like what we've seen so far, he's a talented player." NFLDraftScout.com ranks Mariota as the No. 2 quarterback in the 2015 draft behind Florida State's Jameis Winston. The Titans don't have a franchise quarterback in place, but have also spent significant time with Southern Cal defensive tackle in addition to working out Mariota and Winston.

The mild-mannered, passive demeanor of Mariota and his college football upbringing in a fast-break offense that didn't develop certain skills vital to NFL success raised criticism from media and some in the scouting community. Whisenhunt, who has an obvious stake in hiking interest in the No. 2 pick, said he sees a pretty flawless player in evaluating Mariota. "I've been very impressed with him," Whisenhunt said. "I spent an hour and a half with him in the classroom and went out on the field and worked out with him. "How he handled that whole situation, he did a really nice job. To me, he shows a lot of the qualities of those guys who have been successful in the league. The team gravitates to him, they really like him. He's an accurate thrower, he doesn't turn the ball over much and can extend the play." How the Titans handle the No. 2 pick and the draft overall could have a serious bearing on Whisenhunt's future. Being the season for blowing smoke, Whisenhunt also had some praise for Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford -- who happens to be under contract with the team coached by Mariota's former college coach, Chip Kelly. - The Sports Xchange

 

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