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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.
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Player Lowdown

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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.

Quick release and flashes deadly accuracy, including when on the move. He has a very strong arm and isn't afraid to make challenging throws through tight windows. He also shows good touch to loft passes over defenders down the seam or to backs and receivers on quick swing passes. He has good balance and agility to avoid pressure and keeps his eyes downfield rather than looking for an excuse to run.

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. He's overly reliant (at this point) on his first read, occasionally commits the cardinal sin of throwing late across his body and wasn't a year ago when injury sapped him off his maneuverability and he was forced to throw from the pocket.

COMPARES TO: Colin Kaepernick, 49ers -- Kaepernick's success certainly makes it easier to project Mariota to the NFL, as the Oregon quarterback possesses a remarkably similar combination of size, straight-line speed and a laser-guided arm as the 49ers' star. Another factor to keep in mind is the early success that Chip Kelly and his offense have had with Philadelphia. Ultimately, Mariota's top-pick potential, however, is his due to his own exciting skill set.

--Rob Rang (7/16/14)

Player Overview

Mariota enters his fourth season in Eugene as a Heisman Trophy favorite and arguably the elite NFL prospect in the country.

Perhaps surprisingly, Mariota turned down the chance to be a top five pick a year ago. Few prospects are willing to put off the glamor and riches of an NFL deal but Mariota will likely be better off with this decision as another season at the collegiate level gives him time to polish his game.

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 thus far has been outstanding (63 touchdowns/10 interceptions at a 65.8 percent completion rate and another 1,467 yards on the ground with 14 scores over the past two years).

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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08/18/2014 - Oregon now paying for injury insurance for Marcus Mariota, others...Earlier this week, CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler reported that unlike a handful of other FBS schools -- including Florida State and Jameis Winston -- Oregon was not paying for Marcus Mariota's injury protection insurance, or three other Ducks' similar policies. Oregon announced Friday that that has changed. "The families of quarterback Marcus Mariota, center Hroniss Grasu, cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and defensive end Arik Armstead purchased policies this past offseason under the NCAA's 'exceptional student-athlete disability insurance' rule," the Ducks football program said in a statement. "The athletic department will reimburse them for out-of-pocket expenses related to the policies, after Texas A&M and Florida State took the previously unprecedented step of doing so for football players earlier this year."

The Ducks explained the prior lack of such reimbursements by saying they "had been operating with the understanding that paying insurance premiums would violate NCAA rules, based on previous inquiries" -- and that after seeing Florida State and Texas A&M take that step, they asked for permission from the Pac-12 and received it. The premiums will be paid through the school's NCAA-governed Student Assistance Fund. Oregon senior associate athletic director Craig Pintens previously told CBSSports.com that spending the money to cover the football players' and others' insurance premiums would deplete the Fund beyond the point where it could assist student-athletes with other issues, such as emergency dental work or trips for funerals. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

 

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