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.
321

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
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Tennessee Titans | #2
    Zach Mettenberger showed flashes as a rookie but given the opportunity to gush about their young quarterback at the Combine, coach Ken Whisenhunt and GM Ruston Webster instead each sounded eager to take advantage of their early pick to improve the position. Given the tough adjustment Mariota will have to make in Whisenhunt's offense, this is unquestionably a roll of the dice. But if Tennessee is going to take a significant step forward in the AFC South, it must improve at quarterback and Mariota has the tools to become a star.
  • New York Jets | #6
    The Jets will have a fresh look in 2015 with a new general manager (Mike Maccagnan) and head coach (Todd Bowles). And if Mariota is still on the board at No. 6, the Jets will have a chance to add a promising young passer as well.
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  • Philadelphia Eagles | #4
    The Eagles come up for Marcus Mariota and send their first-round pick this year and next year plus RB LeSean McCoy to the Raiders. McCoy has three years left on his contract and the Raiders have plenty of cap space to absorb the contract. If the Eagles have to throw in another player or later round pick to close the deal they should do it. Maybe they recoup some of the compensation by trading Nick Foles. Cleveland and the Jets should be interested in Foles.
 

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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02/21/2015 - Mariota, not Winston, shows off speed...There aren't many instances during an NFL game when the quarterback is asked to run 40 yards in a straight line, but the 40-yard dash and many of the other agility tests on the field at the NFL combine help give an overall look at the athleticism of prospects. Oregon's Marcus Mariota showed off his athleticism Saturday morning with a 4.52-second 40-yard dash, the best time among the quarterbacks. His 1.57 10-yard split was also tops among the quarterbacks. Florida State's Jameis Winston wasn't expected to run anywhere near Mariotas time, but his 4.97 and 4.99 times were slower than expected. Nonetheless, the 40-yard dash isn't the type of test that will hurt his draft stock or show off his strengths. Mariota also showed well in the vertical (36-inches) and broad jump (10-foot-1), which would have been the best marks among quarterbacks last year as well. Winston wasn't as impressive with a 28.5-inch vertical and 8-foot-7 broad jump. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
 

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