Marcus Mariota to the NFL draft next year?

ESPN has tabbed Marcus Mariota as the fourth ranked quarterback if he enters the 2014 NFL draft.  In his first year as a starter for the Ducks, Mariota had an impressive campaign, nearly leading the Ducks to the BCS championship game.  With a year under his belt, Mariota will be expected to have an even better season under center for the Ducks.  He is now familiar with the system – which so far has not changed much under Helfrich – and has a strong supporting cast around him, which will help him succeed to the next level.

Marcus Mariota is poised for a big year at quarterback

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Marcus Mariota is poised for a big year at quarterback.

Barring injuries, Mariota will be a top candidate for the Heisman trophy next year, along with De’Anthony Thomas.  If Mariota has a standout year and wins or is even a finalist for the Heisman trophy, he may choose to use that momentum and enter his name into the draft and this may be when his draft stock is highest.

With the possibility of Mariota’s exodus after next season, the Ducks will have to find their quarterback of the future.  For now it looks like a battle between Jake Rodrigues and Jeff Lockie for the potential starting job for the 2015 season.   In the recent past the Ducks have a track record of producing impressive quarterbacks;  let’s hope this trend remains as Mariota starts planning for his future.

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Luc Hancock

Luc Hancock

Luc Hancock is a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in Public Relations. He is from San Francisco, California and loves all sports, with his favorites being baseball and basketball. Luc is a die hard bay area sports fan and has been spoiled with the recent success of his teams in the past year. He did not become a Ducks fan until he came to the university 3 years ago, but now accepts them along with his other favorite teams. When Luc is not writing, thinking, or playing sports, he enjoys watching Seinfeld reruns and hanging out with friends. Luc is open to feed back. Follow him on twitter @luchancock

  • When people were talking about Andrew Luck coming out after his redshirt sophomore year, I read that QBs who enter the draft after their RS sophomore year do not have as long or productive NFL careers as those who come out after three playing years. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I hope it is if it Keeps Mariota playing for Oregon another year. I want what’s best for him, but I’m hoping what’s best is another year in Eugene.

    • Just A Fan

      Well said!…I rather the kid complete his studies before heading into the big leagues.

      • moke

        AMEN