The 2015 Rose Bowl is an NFL scout's dream with two talent-laden teams led by future first round quarterbacks. The talent extends far beyond Mariota and Winston, however, as nearly two dozen Florida State and Oregon prospects are currently projected by NFLDraftScout.com as potential 2015 draft picks.
Marcus Mariota may have taken steps towards the Heisman but his inconsistent performance in Oregon's 51-13 victory over Arizona in the Pac-12 Championship Friday night muddied rather than clarified his projection to the NFL.
A loss to the Arizona Wildcats at home hurts Oregon's playoff chances. Also painful? Four of the Ducks' best players -- QB Marcus Mariota, CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, DE Arik Armstead and DE Tony Washington -- each play a role in the stunning defeat.
Quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston may be the headliners but a strong class of defensive linemen could prove the real story of the 2015 NFL draft. With the NFL and NCAA seasons under way, Senior Analyst Rob Rang projects what may happen in the first round.