Decision day looms for Marcus Mariota

AP

Last year at this time, many believed Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota would head to the NFL draft.  He didn’t.

This year at this time, even more believe Mariota will head to the NFL draft.  He hasn’t, yet.

Mariota has one more day to apply for early admission to the draft.  If he doesn’t, he’ll be back for one more year of college football — and one more chase for a national championship.

With most believing Oregon would run circles around Ohio State, the thinking was that Mariota would have nothing more to prove in 2015 and that, if he’d spend another year in college, his desire to compete at the highest levels would be questioned.  Matt Leinart invited those concerns a decade ago, when he opted for one more year at USC despite winning the Heisman and the national title.

Much of the eventual decision depends on the kind of advice Mariota receives from those close to him.  And whether Mariota is listening to it.

“I’m sure it will weigh in a little bit,” Mariota said after Monday night’s loss regarding the impact of the defeat, “but there’s a lot of other things that have to play into that decision.  There’s starting grad school, coming back for another year to improve, there’s a lot of other things that could bring me back. It’s just not specifically this loss.”

Mariota’s so-so performance in the national championship game has sparked plenty of speculation that perhaps he won’t be the odds-on No. 1 overall pick in the draft.  Over the years, great performances on the biggest stages in college sports have resulted in players climbing and falling the board.  If Mariota slips, maybe the Eagles will be in better position to slide up to get him.

Then again, now that former Oregon coach Chip Kelly has full control of the football operations in Philly (and a well-documented belief that the draft is a crapshoot), he can give up whatever he wants in order to get in position to snag Mariota.

Regardless, Mariota can’t be snagged if he doesn’t enter the draft.  By Thursday, we’ll have the answer.

66 responses to “Decision day looms for Marcus Mariota

  1. You forgot to mention that he is only compensated with snacks for his efforts in college.

  2. Just like you could say that Winston played well in the loss to Oregon, minus that wacky fumble; Mariota played well against OSU, especially since he was without multiple starting wideouts and had no running game. He made quite a few nice throws, OSU was just the better overall team and there is no shame in that.

  3. It sure will be interesting if Mariota comes out who will grab him. Will they shy away from him because they think he is an Oregon system QB? or will they see him as someone they can mold and use them in their system? Time will tell on that one and if his game can translate to the NFL.
    Philly is sitting at #20 as of now in the draft order and I don’t think it is out of the realm of possibility he could slide down that far but I think they would have to trade up to get him. If you look at the draft order teams like Tampa, TN, Jets, Rams, and Texans have to or should address the QB position.

  4. I wonder if the Eagles would pull a Bob Griffin type trade to move up to get him? It’s clear that guys who run that offense in college can’t translate to the pros. Might as well get him in a similar system.

  5. I will be shocked if he stays and more shocked if he goes #1 overall in the draft. There are just to many flaws in his game and he will need a couple years to develop.

  6. Marcus Mariota is spread offense system trash just like Colin Kaepernick at Nevada, and hell, pretty much every other Oregon QB to precede him. Such as Jeremiah Masoli, Dennis Dixon, Ryan Leaf’s little brother, Joey Harrington, etc. No idea how a quarterback that wets himself in the pocket and throws open to wide open receivers after making one read could possibly be considered a lottery draft pick.

    As unlikeable as that charlatan Jameis Winston is, he’s still a far superior pro prospect.

    On a related note, Oregon’s pathetic finesse offense that is literally predicated on racing your opponent to the next snap is a disgrace to the sport of football. The Ducks are softer than cotton candy and will never will a national championship.

  7. 24 of 37 for 333 with one pick (a hail marry that didn’t matter at the end) without two of his top receivers (three if you include the tight end lost earlier in the season) and little-t0-no offensive line protection wasn’t bad. Plus let’s not forget about the dropped passes on third downs that would have improved his stats and impacted the game in a major way.

    As a Ducks fan, I’d love to see him come back, but realistically, he might as well go now and get his. I hope he ends up on a team that isn’t setting him up to fail.

  8. I am beginning to think this guy doesnt have that “killer instict”. He seems too laid back, and never shows any “fire” on the field. Hope i am wrong. Would like to see another young, up and coming QB in the league. Even if he wont be drafted by my Texans.

  9. I could actually see him returning to school. Hes going to take a couple years to develop and he might as well continue to do that as the king of Oregons campus as opposed to being expected to save a team like Tampa or the Jets. Plus he appears to have something sitting resting on his neck, unlike Jameis.

  10. Choice 1) I’m going to stay in college and continue to be the most overrated college player in the country.

    Choice 2) I’m ready to become a huge draft bust.

    This is about as obvious as any decision in recent years.. He’s going to stay at Oregon because Nike doesn’t have a salary cap like the NFL.

  11. The young man is clearly a top notch athlete, but hasn’t everyone seen from years and years of these unbelievable stat guys with mind blowing QB numbers in college, it just doesn’t translate in the NFL? Now, maybe just maybe, if he were to run that just about exact offense in Philly, he might do well.

    It is almost irresponsible of him financially to pass up being a top 5 pick in this draft, but he will crumble under the NFL QB spotlight in any system outside his college one. Espn is going to be able to do a college game day with only former heisman qb winners/ nfl “busts” in the next couple years when Johnny ,Bob and Marcus join Timmy.

  12. “Whoever drafts this bust over Jameis Winston is a certified idiot.”

    There will be plenty who pass on Winston. Once the NFL teams dig into his background, minus all the spin and cover-ups of FSU, this kid will drop like a stone. No one wants to be responsible for drafting a guy who will get you fired.

  13. I would not draft this guy except in late rounds as a developmental prospect. Look at the last four teams remaining. All but Wilson are pretty classic pocket passers. GMs need to find guys that are familiar with a pro-style offense and can read defenses.

  14. Mariota has all the tools to succeed in the NFL but the REAL problem is that teams are mostly incompetent at developing QBs: they rush them in, change OCs every year, give them a short leash, provide them with no weapons… most teams set up their young QBs to fail.

  15. His inaccuracy and lack of arm strength (in comparison), makes Winston the better draft choice. Don’t get me wrong I like Mariota, I think he is a class act and a great athlete, but Winston would get my pick if I were in the position of needing to draft a QB that is.

  16. He’s the best QB prospect and the draft and the consensus #1. Sure, it would be nice to try and win a National title, but you can’t improve from being the # 1 pick. He’ll declare today.

    Winston will be a complete uber bust by the way.

  17. He will go 2nd round about the 6th-10th pick. No way he gets picked in the 1st round !!!

  18. I’m not a duck fan but his receivers had some crucial drops that could have effected the outcome of that game. Would they have won probably not, but i bet if the ducks receivers actually caught the ball in those certain situations it would have actually been a good game to watch rather than the shalacking that it was.

  19. This year’s Teddy Bridgewater…and by all rights should fall to around 20.

    His longer term ceiling…Colin Kapernick…maybe a little higher.

  20. Mariota, Winston and Jones should all declare and they should all be drafted within the top 100 picks.

    The draft order should be Winston, Jones, Mariota. Both Jones and Winston have shown what they can do in a pro style offense. Mariota has a lot to prove. The Oregon track record is not good. Think: Akili Smith, Joey Harrington.

    The Oregon system does not translate well to the NFL. That said, Mariota can adapt, but he is raw. People who compare him to Russell Wilson have it backwards. Wilson performed in pro systems at NC State and Wisconsin. Mariota has yet to show he can play in a pro system.

    Jones would be stupid to return for a number of reasons. He can only hurt his status. Right now he has scouts salivating. Some team will reach for him. Winston’s mental state is the only question. All three should play for pay. Take the money and run.

  21. Mariota is athletic, has great vision, quick release, speed, a strong arm , and great charecter. He most likely will watch for a year on the sidelines since McCown is under contract one more year so he can watch and learn and then take over. I will buy season tickets if my Bucs draft him.

  22. Mariotta Championship Game line:

    26-36, 338 Yards, 72.2% completion percentage, 2 tds, and 163 QB rating.

    But I guess he didn’t play that well on defense, so his performance gets a “so-so” grade here.

  23. THE EAGLES HAVE A STARTING NFL QB. Why the hell would they pick this QB or any QB when they have so many other needs. They can find a backup in the later rounds.

  24. I don’t know if he’s a bust… Because (if I was a GM) I wouldn’t even consider drafting him until the Third Round.

    But I’m sure there’s some idiot GM that will reach on him (ala Manziel) and bring him into a “pressure cooker” of expectations to become the team’s franchise QB.

    I think Mariota is better than Manziel, but I just don’t see him being a Franchise QB— But I do think there’s enough there to hold a clipboard/learn/develop for a couple seasons.

  25. Call me crazy, but I would take Jones over Winston and Mariotta, unless I needed a week 1 year 1 starter.

    Yes, he’s super raw. But he has a cannon for an arm, above average accuracy, athleticism, and an ability to read defenses and go through his progressions.

    And any guy with the heart to come off the bench cold and lead his team to victories in three huge games in a row with the national spotlight directly on him can play on my team anytime.

  26. Screw football for now Marcus, education is priceless … Stay in grad school because the NFL will not be going anywhere next year.. And the NFL will suck the joy and life out of you… You never get your youth back.. More education should be your choice!!!!

  27. This is a terrible QB draft. He will never be ranked higher.

    The Pac 12 will be tougher next year too. USC is coming off sanctions and will be better. UCLA is building a fast defense under Mora.

    There is no guarantee Oregon will even make the playoff next year and there is no way he wins a second Heisman.

  28. I see all the NFL GM’s and scouts are posting down on Mariota because he lost “the big game,” without his top personnel on offense being available.

    He and his trusted advisors should look at the coaching staff of the top 5 picks and see who can develope a QB. How many “can’t miss” prospects wind up with the wrong team, only to find their potential flushed down the drain (Browns, Jaguars, Raiders, etc.). He needs to land with someone who knows how to develope talent. Someone like the Packers, Patriots, Seahawks, etc.

    I have no idea if Marcus will be the next Aaron Rogers or the next Johnny Football but, I would stress getting that “piece of paper” for life after football….even if he winds up as the #1 pick.

    Famous Jameis will wind up in too much trouble to ever realize his full potential. (Although Ray Lewis did finish out his career.)

  29. As a Titans fan, I’d absolutely love to have Mariota fall to No. 2 and see Tennessee pick him. However, I’m also a realist. Our head coach is Ken Whisenhunt. Under his strict (as in “controlling”) offensive philosophy, there is no place for dual threat quarterbacks. Every single mobile QB Whisenhunt has coached has regressed under his leadership. For Mariota’s sake, if it’s the Titans that would take him, maybe he’d better stay in college one more year.

  30. As a Giants fan, I hope Philly does trade the farm to get him. This trade would set that franchise back 7 years just like we all said the Griffin trade would.

  31. Here we go with the big hype again…go JohnnyFootball!

    Jameis doesn’t mechanically throw the ball well so he’s a bum.

    I’m a Raiders fan and think we should’ve taken McCarron over Carr…Fresno State just doesn’t give me that pro football prep feeling. Bama does.

    Mariota will be the next Vinnie Testeverde if he’s lucky…I’d have nothing to do with him.

  32. Mariota will be a good pro. He’s done all that’s been asked of him, and at the highest level. Kind of reminds me of Steve Young coming out of BYU. Every QB looked good in that BYU system, put up huge numbers, but they didn’t all have success in the NFL. Young had to work hard and learn alot before he began tearing up the NFL. Early in his career he wanted to run at the first sign of trouble, much like he did at BYU. His great athleticism allowed to him make plays with his feet while he learned what NFL defenses were doing. Mariota looks like he’s got a simliar set of tools. Steve Young didn’t learn everything overnight, and neither will Mariota. Young ended up doing pretty well. So will Mariota.

  33. It’s obvious a lot of people here have only seen Mariota play once………Monday night. I’m no Ducks fan, but being on the west coast I’ve seen this guy play a lot……..he’s hands down the best risk at qb in the draft. The fools waving the flag for an osu qb are just that……fools.

  34. Hey Marcus, you almost got taken out by that cheap shot by Ohio State. Don’t gamble now, just declare and provide for your family. You are the Heisman winner and number one pick in this years draft, so cash in while you can .

  35. Great kid with an even better college resume……. I am just not sure about him as a pro prospect. Based on pure ability I think Winston is the better pro prospect and actually I don’t even think it’s close. Unfortunately the off the field issues are too much to ignore with Winston so to be honest I am not high on either as a top of the first round franchise pick.

  36. THE EAGLES HAVE A STARTING NFL QB. Why the hell would they pick this QB or any QB when they have so many other needs. They can find a backup in the later rounds.

    ——-

    Technically, every NFL team has a starting NFL QB. The Eagles happen to have Nick Foles, who appeared to have regressed prior to his injury, and Mark Sanchez, who needs no explanation.

    So why would the Eagles draft a QB, you ask? Because none of those guys appear to be the franchise QB that every team is after. Mariota makes sense because he’s had tremendous success in Chip Kelly’s offense already.

    But I suppose they could always load up with busts like Marcus Smith who will never see the field instead.

  37. buy insurance, and play one more year. this oregon team is just a half step away from going undefeated and winning it all.

  38. Ohio State QB Cardale Jones should enter the draft too. Kid is already 22 years old. What is he going to do, go back to school and maybe not start, or split time?

    Unless OSU guaranteed him the starting job next year, he should enter the draft. He will get drafted by the 3rd round at latest on his physical tools alone.

    He will be a project player whether he enters the draft this year or 2 years from now. Two years from now, teams may not want to draft a 24 or 25 year old project.

  39. For all you bashing Mariota about the national championship game…he didn’t tell his top WR to test positive for pot and he wasn’t the one who have up over 230 yards and 4 tds to Ezekial Elliot. Calling him a bust is ignorant in the very least but that’s what I’ve come to expect from most of the posters on here.

  40. Stop with the Eagles to draft Mariota nonsense…Chip is in charge of personnel, but mortgaging their future to move up in the draft is not a decision that will be his alone…you better believe Jeffry will HAVE to weigh in. By the way, have you seen the Eagle’s secondary lately?

  41. A nonstory. The only people that believe Mariota an NFL caliber QB are Oregon fans and ESPN college football analysts.

    The national championship was yet another example of his ineptitude, getting outplayed by a 3rd stringer.

    Remember, ESPN analysts also beleive Tebow and Manziel were NFL QBs…..

  42. I think it’s simply the NCAA and their glorified offenses that ruin QB’s progressions in the NFL. If you take a look at the recent QB’s since the 1 read became a fad in the NCAA majority of them have turned into busts. The guinea pig for this statement is VY, everyone just RAVED about his decision making vs ‘SC in the 06 rose bowl but when he came to the NFL everyone exploited his decision making skills and accuracy. Kaep, RG Knee, Midget Qb, Manziel, Geno, etc all these gimmick qb’s are failing because the NFL thinks they can translate these NCAA offenses into franchise QB’s. To become a NFL starting caliber Qb you need to adapt to whatever the coaching staff installs system wise, and majority of these guys have never been told in college to alter their games because it worked. Once you go to the NFL it’s an entirely different animal. That being said I rather have Winston, I’ve seen him throw check down passes to his rb’s and wr’s when his first/second read is covered and he makes NFL caliber throws to the sideline and posts.

  43. thegregwitul says:
    Jan 14, 2015 8:45 AM
    Just like you could say that Winston played well in the loss to Oregon, minus that wacky fumble; Mariota played well against OSU, especially since he was without multiple starting wideouts and had no running game. He made quite a few nice throws, OSU was just the better overall team and there is no shame in that.
    ———-

    Mariota never makes NFL throws. When he does, they are nearly intercepted, or truly are.

    Anyone who takes him over Winston should never be able to work in the NFL in any capacity ever again.

  44. oldcracker says:
    Jan 14, 2015 10:58 AM
    I see all the NFL GM’s and scouts are posting down on Mariota because he lost “the big game,” without his top personnel on offense being available.

    He and his trusted advisors should look at the coaching staff of the top 5 picks and see who can develope a QB. How many “can’t miss” prospects wind up with the wrong team, only to find their potential flushed down the drain (Browns, Jaguars, Raiders, etc.). He needs to land with someone who knows how to develope talent. Someone like the Packers, Patriots, Seahawks, etc.

    I have no idea if Marcus will be the next Aaron Rogers or the next Johnny Football but, I would stress getting that “piece of paper” for life after football….even if he winds up as the #1 pick.

    Famous Jameis will wind up in too much trouble to ever realize his full potential. (Although Ray Lewis did finish out his career.)———–

    Fitting screen name with your baseless spiel about Winston at the end.

  45. Anyone hear Tebow talk about Mariota ? I think he’s ready to lose his virginity….

    Winston is the better player, Mariota is a system QB. He’s talented but he needs a ton of polish. He’s got bust written all over him…

  46. Draft Heisman winning QBs at your own peril. Every single one since 1989 has been an outright bust or merely average, espcially those from the state of Florida. None have been even close to being an elite franchise QB.

    RG3, Newton, Bradford, Tebow, Troy Smith, Leinart, Jason White, Carson Palmer, Chris Weinke, Danny Wuerffel, Charlie Ward, Gino Torretta, Ty Detmer, Andre Ware

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