Draft Rewind 2015: Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans

What Ourlads NFL Scouting Services said about MARCUS MARIOTA: Oregon, 6036, 222, 4.56. Junior entry. Three-year starter. Already graduated with a major in general science. Played in a wide open fast tempo offense that had multiple options on every play. He processes information quickly by counting defensive numbers then deciding to give the ball to a back, run himself, or throw to a perimeter receiver at the last millisecond. He excels in the zone read option but shows the capability to carry over his quick strike instincts to the NFL. Leaves Oregon as the most decorated player in school history and 36 wins in three years as a starter. He is the Ducks’ first Heisman Trophy winner and the first from the state of Hawaii. He was a consensus All-America and received numerous accolades for his outstanding play. He led all quarterbacks with a 90.9 total quarterback rating. He completed 26 passes for 338 yards and 2 touchdowns in the College Football Playoffs’ semifinal game in the win over Florida State. He also ran for another score. Mariota completed 24 passes for 333 yards and 2 touchdowns in the National Championship game versus Ohio State. He has a natural and instinctive feel in the passing game and quickly reads the play as it develops. He spreads the ball around to a variety of wide receivers, tight ends, and running backs. Demonstrated his ability to step up into the pocket and drive the ball down field at times. Accurate on the skinny post routes keeping receivers on their track. The Honolulu, HI native has a high completion percentage of hitting his receivers in stride or lofting the ball over linebackers. Mariota has underrated arm talent and arm strength. As recorded below, he threw for the radar gun at the Combine 56 miles per hour both on out patterns throwing left or right. Other NFL quarterbacks with 56 mph speed include Blake Bortles, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, and Joe Flacco. He snaps the ball out of his hand quickly with good velocity and is deadly accurate between the hash marks. When a play breaks down, Mariota is explosive in his movement skills, feet, and ability to avoid a pass rush. He can make a play as he extends the play passing or running. He is athletic enough to be a wide receiver or free safety. He creates plays and puts pressure on a defense when he gets out of the pocket. Can shake defenders one-on-one in the open field. Sudden and quick in his play. Mariota played with seven different offensive line combinations in 2014. Slides laterally well in the pocket. The Duck offense is structured on the ability to run the ball. Mariota is cerebral and focused on the job at hand. Takes charge by example and inspires his teammates by his total dedication to football. He inspires confidence of his teammates in themselves. Mariota has a great command of the high tempo spread offense and understands defensive tactics and strategy. He works at developing great feel and timing with his individual receivers. He is cool when under the gun and can carry a team on his back. Mariota has a career 36-5 record and has thrown at least one touchdown pass in every game he’s started. He is accurate whether you send four or more pass rushers and even better when a team sends four or less and drops the rest into coverage. For his career he passed for 105 touchdowns and only 14 interceptions. Mariota threw less interceptions, converted more 3rd downs at a high rate and gave up less yards per sack than any quarterback in this draft. 2014 stats: 304/445, 4454 yds, 68.3%, 42 TD, 4 INT. Ball velocity 56 mph. OSR:1/14. First round. (A-32, H-9 3/4, SS-4.11, VJ-36).

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