Photo of Marcus Mariota
Drafted By: Titans
  • Round 1
  • Pick 2
  • Overall 2

Combine Results

Grade
6.27 ?
  • 4.52 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 36.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 121.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.87 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.11 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"The first thing that jumps out about Mariota is his athleticism. Think Colin Kaepernick." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'4" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 222LBS. Weight
  • 9 7/8" Hands

Overview

Won the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien National QB Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award in 2014. He was also selected as Walter Camp Player of the Year, Associated Press Player of the Year, Walter Camp first-team All-America and Associated Press first-team All-American. He was also selected as Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and 2015 Rose Bowl Offensive MVP. In 41 career starts, he rushed for 15 touchdowns and passed for 105 against just 14 interceptions. He also caught a pair of passes, both resulting in touchdowns. Completed requirements for his undergraduate degree in general science at the end of the 2014 fall term (in less than four years) with a GPA of 3.22. As a redshirt sophomore in 2013, he was a Manning Award finalist and a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award (college player of the year), the Davey O'Brien Award (national quarterback award) and the Walter Camp Award (most outstanding player). He claimed a share of Oregon's Most Outstanding Player honors for a second year in a row while also being named the program's Most Inspirational Player in a vote of his teammates. In 2012 as a redshirt freshman, he was honorable mention All-American and Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, becoming the league's first freshman quarterback to earn first-team all-league honors in 23 years. At Saint Louis High School in Honolulu, Hawaii, was rated the No. 12 quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com. At the 2010 National Underclassman Combine, he was named Quarterback MVP and won the camp's "Combine King" and "Fastest Man" awards, as he was clocked in 4.48 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Analysis

Strengths

Quick-twitch quarterback. Rare straight-line speed for the position. Defenses must account for ability outside the pocket. Asked to handle more each season by Ducks coaches and delivered consistent production. Stands tall in pocket with three-quarter delivery and quiet release. Keen sense of where trouble lurks and almost never gets baited into a dangerous throw. Threw multiple interceptions in a game just three times over 41 career starts. Adequate accuracy and ball placement from the pocket. Able to make off-balance, difficult throws. Can uncork throws quickly and without resetting feet when necessary. Can climb the pocket and deliver strikes when he trusts the edges of his protection. Silky smooth when asked to roll out and delivers on time with sound mechanics. Has balance and feet to escape collapsing pocket and will look to strike through the air rather than just bolting as a runner. Size, speed and enough skill to eat in the red zone. Considered extremely coachable by scouts, who also love his willingness to play hurt. Very humble and leads by example. Family and heritage are extremely important to him.

Weaknesses

Benefits from an offense that is predicated on simplified reads. Offense able to create wide-open receivers after busted coverages at times. Needs to improve resetting feet when maneuvering pocket to improve accuracy and power. Tends to "see" pass rush too often. Will drop eyes and look to escape pocket rather than stepping to available pocket space. Frequent trips outside pocket increase opportunity for injury. Pocket feel is very average. Stepped into sacks he had no business taking. Didn't have to throw to tight windows often. Average processor on field. Still learning when to get rid of the ball and move to next play. Slow to make anticipatory throws and can improve patience in allowing combo routes to mature rather than rushing the read. Missed obvious pre-snap blitzes. Drive accuracy needs work. When cutting it loose, ball tends to sail on him a bit. Arm strength is adequate but inconsistent to field side. Needs to bring hips through throws to increase zip into tight windows in NFL. Fumbled 27 times during his career.

Draft Projection

Round 1

Sources Tell Us

"What I don't think the fans and media understand is that all these guys like Mariota, (Johnny) Manziel and (Bryce) Petty are all pure projection players. We can see certain characteristics on tape, but they don't play the same game that we play in the NFL so we can't see things we need to on tape. We have to make calculated guesses. I know this, I wouldn't bet against Mariota. He's a good football player." -- AFC QB coach

NFL Comparison

Colin Kaepernick

Bottom Line

Scheme-based quarterback who will face the same challenges that several quarterbacks before him have faced in terms of learning how to read defenses and go through progressions. The tape was less kind to Mariota than expected, but his size, athleticism and consistency of football character throughout his career are necessary traits in becoming a good-to-great quarterback. Mariota's ability to create outside the pocket will help win games here and there and buy him time as he plies his craft. However, to reach his potential and match the play with the traits, he must develop more poise and feel in the pocket and improve his field vision. Mariota is no lock to be a great NFL quarterback, but his floor is much higher than any of the quarterbacks drafted in 2014.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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