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Pac-12 Packed With QB Prospects

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Oregon's Marcus Mariota has a good arm but is even more of a weapon running the ball. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images.
Oregon's Marcus Mariota has a good arm but is even more of a weapon running the ball. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images.

6-4, 211

2012 season: 230-336, 68.5%, 2,677 yds., 32 TDs, 6 INT; 752 rush. yds., 5 rush. TDs

He’s shifty, he’s fast, and he’s exciting to watch. Oregon's Marcus Mariota had an outstanding first season in 2012, leading the Pac-12 in pass efficiency at 163.2. Mariota throws a tight spiral and has a very good arm. His escapability is unmatched and he might be as fast as Colin Kaepernick. He’s accurate on short and intermediate routes, but I’m unsure of his deep ball because I didn’t see enough of it.

There's no denying Mariota is the most athletic quarterback in the country and that he can throw well. But I think most of his success is a product of Chip Kelly’s offense. His longest rush was 31 yards greater than his longest pass. The yards-after-catch by Oregon playmakers padded Mariota’s stats greatly but I don’t want to take anything away from Mariota. He had an incredible season in 2012 and I’m eager to see what he can do without Kelly in 2013. His game is just like Kaepernick’s, although his arm isn’t as strong.

I’d be surprised if Mariota drops past the 3rd round of the 2014 Draft.