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Marcus Mariota, QB

School: Oregon  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 222 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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4.522.621.57- 3610'1"4.116.87
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Tennessee Titans | #2
    Whether the Titans select Mariota or trade this pick to another team (the Browns or Eagles appear most likely), sources throughout the league expect the reigning Heisman Trophy winner to come off the board at No. 2. Mariota isn't as pro-ready as Winston, but he has possesses all of the traits to be a franchise quarterback.
  • Tennessee Titans | #2
    This is where the intrigue starts. Mariota is the favorite to come off the board at No. 2, but to which team? I'll stick with the Titans here.
  • Tennessee Titans | #2
    Didn't really think the Titans would take Mariota two months ago. But as the process played out, the more I heard they will. I wouldn't. But they will.
  • Tennessee Titans | #2
    Keep trying to find someone who will pay the price to move up and grab Mariota and I can't do it. 12 and 19 from the Browns ? which may or may not be offered, really ? is the best the Titans are going to do for the second pick and it's not worth it. Drafting Mariota buys them an additional 2-3 years with this regime as they develop a quarterback, even if they only in 2-5 games next season.

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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05/05/2015 - Long search for quality QB might be over...The Tennessee Titans have been searching for a franchise quarterback for 10 years -- ever since they traded Steve McNair to Baltimore in 2005. For the third time in the first round, the Titans hope they found that man, as they selected Marcus Mariota with the second pick in the 2015 draft Thursday, right behind Tampa Bay's selection of Jameis Winston. The Titans fielded trade offers from a number of teams, but did not find an offers satisfactory enough to move them off of Mariota at No. 2. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt quickly said that Mariota moves to the top of the depth chart ahead of Zach Mettenberger. But first, of course, they will test his football acumen as he and Whisenhunt will have to find the right mix of the coach's vertical passing system against the spread offense Mariota operated at Oregon.

"You've got to push him," Whisenhunt said. "You've got to challenge him, but obviously there are some things he does well and we'll incorporate those into what we're doing. It's gonna be a little bit of blend, but he's a talented young man. He has a very good feel for the position and how to process those things, and we're excited to get a chance to work with him." Mariota, too, is eager to get started and find common ground within the Titans' offense. "For me, I'm gonna to my best to try and do some of everything. I'm gonna be the player that I've always been and do whatever is asked of me," Mariota said. "Coach Whisenhunt is going to have his offense and his complexities of his system and I'm gonna do my best to execute it. I won't change the type of player I am. Hopefully, we'll continue to find success and execute well." - The Sports Xchange



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