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02/21/15 - Mariota, not Winston, shows off speed...There aren't many instances during an NFL game when the quarterback is asked to run 40 yards in a straight line, but the 40-yard dash and many of the other agility tests on the field at the NFL combine help give an overall look at the athleticism of prospects. Oregon's Marcus Mariota showed off his athleticism Saturday morning with a 4.52-second 40-yard dash, the best time among the quarterbacks. His 1.57 10-yard split was also tops among the quarterbacks. Florida State's Jameis Winston wasn't expected to run anywhere near Mariotas time, but his 4.97 and 4.99 times were slower than expected. Nonetheless, the 40-yard dash isn't the type of test that will hurt his draft stock or show off his strengths. Mariota also showed well in the vertical (36-inches) and broad jump (10-foot-1), which would have been the best marks among quarterbacks last year as well. Winston wasn't as impressive with a 28.5-inch vertical and 8-foot-7 broad jump. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/19/15 - Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota had the stage to himself Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine, given a day's head start on rival prospect Jameis Winston, who will meet with the media Friday. Most evaluators rank Winston as the No. 1 quarterback in the 2015 NFL Draft. "Doesn't really affect me at all," Mariota said at his 15-minute interview that began at 2:21 p.m. ET at Lucas Oil Stadium. "Any player would stand in front of you and tell you they're confident in their abilities. I'm no different."

Mariota had 5,224 total yards and 58 touchdowns as a junior. But as with Florida State's 2013 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, there are still doubts about Mariota's ability to transition from a wide-open spread offense to a pro-style system that demands the quarterback serve as a coach, coordinator and passer all in one tidy package. "While working with Kevin O'Connell, he gives me a play sheet and has me call the play calls out loud," Mariota said. "I haven't done it (call plays) since high school." - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

02/19/15 - 2015 NFL Combine: 5 takeaways from quarterback interviews...5. Steady Mariota: In the same calm fashion that helped him win the Heisman Trophy and lead Oregon to the national championship game, Mariota provided thoughtful, articulate answers, refusing to take the bait when reporters asked leading questions. He seemed reasonably comfortable on the podium but his soft-spoken answers could be perceived as almost timid, raising questions about how well he'd acclimate to the intense spotlight of a major media market. Communication of another sort was one of the things that Mariota said he needed to work on in his transition to a traditional NFL offense. "For us it's going to be huddling, I haven't huddled in a while," Mariota said. "That will be one thing. It seems like a little detail, but that is kind of a big thing."

It is a big thing. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians colorfully described how much of a transition spread quarterbacks have to make. "So many times, you're evaluating a quarterback who has never called a play in the huddle, never used a snap count," Arians said. "They hold up a card on the sideline, he kicks his foot and throws the ball. That ain't playing quarterback. There's no leadership involved there. There might be leadership on the bench, but when you get them and they have to use verbiage and they have to spit the verbiage out and change the snap count, they are light years behind." - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/17/15 - 2015 NFL Combine: Five Bold Predictions...4. Fastest quarterback 40-yard dash since RGIII...Let's be honest, the 40-yard dash has little to do with how a quarterback projects to the NFL level. But that won't stop the hype once Oregon QB Marcus Mariota steps up to the starting line. A gazelle-type of runner, Mariota has effortless strides and easy acceleration to get vertical in a hurry and if he decides to run the 40-yard dash at Lucas Oil Stadium, he will burn up the track. Only one quarterback prospect has run a sub 4.5 40-yard dash since 2007: Robert Griffin III in 2012 (4.33). Several quarterbacks have come close (Colin Kaepernick, 4.53), but Mariota will join Griffin in that category with a 40-yard dash time in the 4.45-4.49 range. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/17/15 - 2015 DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 5/2. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon, 6-4, 215, 4.52, 1...Mariota was masterful in Oregon's run-option, spread offense, which accentuated his raw athletic abilities to run and throw, often at the same time. Even conceding that his arm strength is NFL caliber (not counting a current shoulder problem), Mariota's evaluations are burdened by a stark lack of success by similarly gifted quarterbacks who rewrote college record books, but were unable to transfer that talent to the pro game. The most consistently effective quarterbacks in the NFL include Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and even Andrew Luck -- none of whom graduated from a primarily run/option college offense.

Those college stars are still inconsistent or unfulfilled promises in the NFL -- Colin Kaepernick, Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III, and the most infamous example, Tim Tebow. Like Mariota, all but Kaepernick won a Heisman Trophy. But that obviously doesn't pave the road to NFL success. Like them, Mariota's has not proven he can process the game, go through his progressions, from within the pocket. Add the word "yet" and that is why some team will make him a high pick after being enamored with his impressive athleticism and spotless personal demeanor. And there is this -- Philadelphia's Chip Kelly recruited and coached Mariota at Oregon and brought his college-based concepts to the NFL. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

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