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03/24/15 - Whisenhunt would start Mariota if picked No. 2...If Marcus Mariota is the No. 2 overall pick, he would also be the No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart with the Tennessee Titans. "You're talking about taking a quarterback with the first or second pick, you're probably going to play that guy," said Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt of the Oregon quarterback. "As far as whether or not he's ready to do it, we're still in the process of evaluating. We like what we've seen so far, he's a talented player." NFLDraftScout.com ranks Mariota as the No. 2 quarterback in the 2015 draft behind Florida State's Jameis Winston. The Titans don't have a franchise quarterback in place, but have also spent significant time with Southern Cal defensive tackle in addition to working out Mariota and Winston.
The mild-mannered, passive demeanor of Mariota and his college football upbringing in a fast-break offense that didn't develop certain skills vital to NFL success raised criticism from media and some in the scouting community. Whisenhunt, who has an obvious stake in hiking interest in the No. 2 pick, said he sees a pretty flawless player in evaluating Mariota. "I've been very impressed with him," Whisenhunt said. "I spent an hour and a half with him in the classroom and went out on the field and worked out with him. "How he handled that whole situation, he did a really nice job. To me, he shows a lot of the qualities of those guys who have been successful in the league. The team gravitates to him, they really like him. He's an accurate thrower, he doesn't turn the ball over much and can extend the play." How the Titans handle the No. 2 pick and the draft overall could have a serious bearing on Whisenhunt's future. Being the season for blowing smoke, Whisenhunt also had some praise for Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford -- who happens to be under contract with the team coached by Mariota's former college coach, Chip Kelly. - The Sports Xchange
03/20/15 - Jets schedule private workout with Marcus Mariota...The New York Jets are currently planning on a quarterback competition between a highly inconsistent third-year player (Geno Smith) and a 32-year-old journeyman expected to be out until training camp while recovering from a broken leg (Ryan Fitzpatrick). So it is understandable that the owners of the No. 6 pick in next month's NFL Draft are conducting their due diligence on the top two quarterback prospects. Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan flew to Eugene, Ore.n to watch Oregon's March 12 pro day highlighted by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota. The team has also scheduled a private workout with Mariota on March 28, and Maccagnan will be joined by Jets coach Todd Bowles.
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is widely expected to go to the Buccaneers with the first overall pick, but Maccagnan will attend Winston's March 31 pro day. Maccagnan declined to publicly evaluate the two quarterbacks on a conference call Thursday. "Yeah, I would probably not want to do that," Maccagnan said, per NJ.com, "only because everybody else in the league would probably want to know what I think about that position and those two players." Mariota worked out for the Titans, who hold the No. 2 pick, after his pro day, and is reportedly scheduled to work out for the Bucs and San Diego Chargers. - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange
03/12/15 - Marcus Mariota delivers at Oregon Pro Day...Having attended Pro Days since 2001, I'd grade Mariota's effort today as a solid B, not much different than performances future top five picks Andrew Luck and Mark Sanchez had during their respective Pro Days. Mariota's workout was clearly a step behind the aerial assault Sam Bradford put on at Oklahoma prior to the earning the No. 1 overall selection in 2010. Bradford's workout remains the best Pro Day from a quarterback I've seen in person.
The Heisman Trophy winner is, of course, the big name but he was far from the only NFL prospect this season at Oregon. Six former Oregon Ducks were invited to February's combine and NFLDraftScout.com currently has draftable grades on nine players from the program, including defensive lineman Arik Armstead, offensive tackle Jake Fisher, Grasu, and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, each of whom could join Mariota as possible top 100 picks. The most Ducks ever drafted into the NFL in one year is six, which interestingly enough has occurred six times, most recently in 2009. These Ducks look destined to break that mark. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/12/15 - Marcus Mariota delivers at Oregon Pro Day...Knocking Mariota for vertical passes that sailed slightly over outstretched arms of receivers he had running routes for him Thursday doesn't reflect the accuracy he showed. Among his primary receivers Thursday was former Oregon standout Lavasier Tuinei, a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder with good build-up speed but lacking the true explosiveness Mariota will be throwing to in the NFL. Considering he took virtually every snap out of the shotgun at Oregon, scouts wanted to see how Mariota would perform while dropping back from center. Every pass he threw Thursday came after Mariota took the snap from center Hroniss Grasu. As he showed in an impressive workout at the combine, Mariota demonstrated quickness, balance and rhythm to accurately deliver the football, including after play-action. Perhaps most impressively, Mariota showed marked improvement in the post-corners -- the route he struggled the most with in Indianapolis.
"I thought [Mariota] did a really nice job, especially considering that he did it from under center," Schneider said as the workout concluded. Mariota was harder on himself. "I thought it was OK," Mariota said. "There were some missed throws here or there. It's a little different than in a game." The general buzz following the Pro Day was that Mariota wasn't as impressive Thursday as at the combine. That may be more of a reflection of the heightened expectations following his stellar showing in Indianapolis than a poor effort Thursday from Mariota. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/12/15 - Marcus Mariota delivers at Oregon Pro Day...Marcus Mariota and a potentially record-breaking class from Oregon drew an estimated 100 scouts from all 32 NFL teams to their Pro Day workout Thursday. No team was better represented than the Tennessee Titans, holders of the No. 2 overall pick, which sent a contingent that included general manager Ruston Webster, coach Ken Whisenhunt, offensive coordinator Jason Michael, QB coach John McNulty and director of scouting Blake Beddingfield. Among other big names attending the workout was general managers John Schneider, Scot McCloughan and Mike Maccagnan, the chief decision-makers in Seattle, Washington and with the New York Jets.
After demonstrating his rare athleticism for the position at the Combine with a 4.52-second 40-yard dash and 36-inch vertical jump, Mariota elected to only throw Thursday. That wasn't surprising given his stellar workout in Indianapolis and the fact he was scheduled to hold a private workout with the Titans on campus following the Pro Day. By my count Mariota had eight incompletions among 65 passes in a well-scripted throwing session organized by new Cleveland Browns' quarterback coach Kevin O'Connell. Eight incompletions may sound like a lot considering that there were no defenders but of these throws, only two were truly poor tosses with most of the misses being deep balls. A couple of well-thrown passes just tipped off the fingertips of receivers and one pass was dropped. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com