QB MARCUS MARIOTA, OREGON**

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6’4” – 211 lbs. – 4.45e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2011: Redshirt
2012: 2,677 yards (68.5%, 8.0), 32 TD, 6 INT (106-752-5)

OVERVIEW:

Redshirted as a freshman in 2011, then stepped into the starting role in 2012, leading Oregon to a 12-1 season in which the team won the Fiesta Bowl.

STRENGTHS:

•    Will graduate with two extremely productive seasons as a starter.
•    Made some significant strides as a passer as a sophomore in 2013.
•    Has efficiently managed Oregon’s lightning-fast no-huddle offense.
•    Possesses prototypical height, adequate bulk for a pro quarterback.
•    A true dual-threat who also offers a team home-run-hitting speed.
•    Quality arm strength, gets great zip and can make outside throws.
•    Doesn’t always try to make the big play, will take what’s given to him.
•    Does a great job of protecting the football and limiting turnovers.
•    Very elusive in the pocket, can escape the rush to buy additional time.
•    When scrambling, keeps his eyes downfield, accurate on the run.
•    Highly effective when it comes to running read-option concepts.
•    Accuracy wanes at times but is on target far more often than not.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Plays in an offense which simplifies progressions for the quarterback.
•    Accuracy is somewhat erratic, sprays the ball all over the field at times.
•    Footwork looks pretty ugly at times, possibly causing accuracy issues.
•    Lacks extensive experience in critical fourth-quarter situations.
•    Doesn’t post the gaudy yardage typically associated with top prospects.

SUMMARY:

Mariota is the latest in a recent trend of true dual-threat quarterbacks, with the height, arm strength, awareness, and efficiency of a pocket passer but who also presents a threat to break a big run on any given play. Some have tried to nitpick his accuracy, which does suffer at times, seemingly because of accuracy issues, but many of his throws are beautiful. Projected to develop into the type of quarterback that Colin Kaepernick was hyped to be following his initial season. A lock to be selected within the top five picks, potentially as high as number one overall. RD 1

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