2015 NFL Draft: Marcus Mariota – The Philadelphia Eagles


Over the next four weeks, FishDuck.com Feature Writer Caleb Couturie will be analyzing the 25 teams in the NFL Draft that may look to select Marcus Mariota.

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No. 18: The Philadelphia Eagles

PHI’s Draft Pick: Twentieth

PHI’s 2015 Cap Space: $18,504,544

PHI’s Top Needs: DB, LB, QB

Yes. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. You get the point. Chip Kelly reunited with his prodigy! This is the dream for Duck fans everywhere, and there is no better scheme that Marcus Mariota would fit in other than that of the one designed to let him thrive. Philly is loaded with weapons and next year should be in prime position to take over the NFC East. It’s no secret that Kelly isn’t all that keen on Nick Foles, and Mark Sanchez will forever be the man who butt fumbled. The Eagles are young, too, and with Kelly calling the shots with Mariota under center (again), DCs around the NFL would shake in their boots. Most importantly, it’s the end of Nick Foles rookie contract, and a new deal with likely take a massive chunk of Philadelphia’s current Cap Space.


Philly trades either LeSean McCoy/Jeremy Maclin, Foles, 2015 first and fourth-round picks to the Buccaneers in exchange for 2015 No. 1 pick. I mean, come on! This is the dream! Maclin is a free agent after the 2015 season and Philly would most likely have to franchise him if they wanted to keep him. Although Maclin is excellent, Jordan Matthews quickly emerged as a future star for the Eagles and they have enough depth at the position to survive losing him. As for McCoy, he’s talented there’s no doubt about that, but Kelly knows that there are plenty of versatile RBs that could fit in his scheme and the Eagles could certainly survive losing McCoy.

Also, since it’s well known Kelly isn’t in love with Foles it’s a win-win for both he and the Buccaneers. The Bucs get an already proven QB who can lead a team to the playoffs, and Kelly gets to work with Mariota. Now although it seems like Philly is giving up a lot, Kelly has seen what Mariota can do first hand and he knows what he’s worth. Again, losing Maclin or McCoy would be hard, but with Jordan Matthews, Zach Ertz and Darren Sproles all proving their value to the offense, the Eagles would be just fine. If they were still concerned they could use their second round pick on a receiver such as Sammie Coates from Auburn or RB Jay Ajayi from BSU who could fall to them.

If for some reason Tampa Bay is set on the number one pick, it will be because they want Jameis Winston. If this is the case, even better for the Eagles, who could keep both McCoy and Mcalin, while letting Foles, the first round pick, and a mid-round pick next year go to Tennessee. The Eagles don’t sacrifice as much, and even though they lose a few picks, they gain by not having to resign Foles to a long term deal, thus giving them additional cap space to work with in the free agent market.


Freaking fantastic. Kelly calling the shots and a chance to reunite with one of his favorite all-time targets Josh Huff. If you’re Mariota you’d be drooling at the opportunity to go to Philly. This is also realistically the best (in terms of Super Bowl ready) team he could end up on.

Oh, and if we really want to have fun with this hypothetical, picture this. Philly’s OC Pat Shurmur takes what he has learned in Philly and moves to be a head coach in college (more money). Kelly then needs a new OC, so Scott Frost takes over as head coach at Oregon and Mark Helfrich becomes the OC under Kelly again, but this time at the pro level! Then slowly but surely the Oregon Ducks begin to take over the NFL, Nike buys the Eagles Organization… I’m getting ahead of myself, but hey, it’d be cool.


As long as Foles leaves in a trade he would. This is a way different situation than anywhere else because Kelly has a close relationship with Mariota and knows exactly how to tailor to his skill set. Kelly knows exactly what his limits are, and in the NFL’s leading division for most points allowed, the NFC East, Mariota would all but certainly thrive.


PHI’s Projected Record with Mariota: 12-4

PHI’s Projected Record W/O Mariota: 10-6

Mariota’s first year stats: 3,900 yards/28 pass TDs/13 INTs/7 Rushing TDs

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Caleb Couturie

Caleb Couturie

Caleb is a sophomore at the University of Oregon intending to double major in Journalism and Sports Management. He is the Managing Editor for FishDuck.com, along with being a lifetime Saints and San Francisco Giants fan, as Caleb fell in love with sports at a young age and developed that love into a passion for sports analysis. He is looking forward to cheering on the Ducks throughout his career at Oregon, and is always willing to talk sports with any fellow fan.

  • Kona

    I don’t see Helfrich jumping to the NFL anytime soon. He’s got a good gig in Eugene and I think he’s pretty content.

    • Caleb

      Oh, definitely. It’s mostly just a joke.

  • hahahahaa

    You are smoking some good crack if you think that A. Tampa Bay even wants to trade their first overall pick and B. Mariota will play amazingly for the Eagles. Just like everyone thinks so highly of Chip’s offense, everyone is jumping on the Mariota bandwagon. He might be mediocre or awful in the NFL and the Eagles would have to give an arm and a leg for him – it won’t happen. Try again.

    • Caleb Couturie

      You’re right, Chip’s offense sucks. That’s why he led his team to a 20-12 record in his first two years and why the eagles went 10-6 even with Mark Sanchez leading them for most of the season. You’re right. I’m the idiot.

  • Landon Arnesen

    I think you’re undershooting the amount of picks it would take to get Mariota. McCoy is on the backend of his career, Maclin has been injured more often than not, and Foles is more of a question mark than an asset. The Rams gave up a 2nd pick to Washington’s sixth, and they got 2 additional first rounds and a second round. With a much bigger gap, I’m thinking it would take a king’s ransom to go that high. I think they can only hope that Tampa takes Winston and Mariota slides.

    • Caleb

      McCoy is 26 years old and rushed for nearly 3000 yards in the last two years combined. Not really sure if “backend” is a fair assessment. As for Maclin, he also just turned 26 and the fewest amount of games he’s played in during his six year career, excluding 2013 which he missed entirely, was 13. His big question this year was if he could perform as a WR1, and if he could stay healthy coming off a huge injury. Well, in 2014, he either tied or set personal records in receptions, total yards, yards per catch, and touchdowns. I think you might be undershooting the value of these two players. And as for Foles, in the past two seasons he’s 15-5 when attempting at least 12 throws. Question mark might be a stretch.

      • Landon Arnesen

        The average running back lasts four years, and the best tail off around 30. Maybe the beginning of the back half, but I’m curious to see how much of an enigma this season was for McCoy. Maclin had a great year, I’m not doubting that, but it’s still something teams take into account… injury history. Plus, with Evans and Jackson, I don’t think the WR is really where the Bucs are hurting. My question mark about Foles is just that he had two conflicting seasons. I’m not saying they’re busts by any means. But if you’re talking about only a first and fourth pick, and I just think there’s there’s too many unknowns for a team to feel like they won the lottery by trading that far down. Just playing devil’s advocate. :)

        • Caleb

          Oh, totally. You make some really valid points. The one thing though about TB is that VJ is 32 and waaaaay on the decline. If they could bring in Maclin and have VJ as their WR3, and then have Evans and Maclin as their future I don’t think anyone down there would be complaining. Obviously for TB though the better option is McCoy. Even though his numbers dipped last year, he’s still an enormous threat and in the passing game there are very few who are better.

    • ronnieblowhard

      McCoy is young. He still have 5 years left in the tank before decline. Foles already has a jersey hanging in the HOF and had a poor sophomore campaign behind an oline that was decimated at the time. I think Peters was the only starter that was there in the games he played in on a regular basis. They still get a first round top 20 pick and a couple 4th rounders. It’s overall not a bad deal. They could draft a stud tackle in the first along with a guard in the 4th and some help for that secondary. It’s a deep draft for guards this year. You trade a 1st pick who may or may not project well to a pro style system in Winston or Mariota and get a proven pocket QB, pro bowl (young) RB, a starting lineman in the draft and two other good midround picks. This would go a long way in fixing that offense. We all know Foles is good at the deep ball when DJax was in Philly. This seems like a no brainer to me. How many #1 picks pan out anyway. Let the heat be on Kelly.

  • Michael Garcia

    It would take alot more than a 1st and 4th round pick for the #1 pick guy Mariota is probably going to drop to the 5th pick but philly would still have to give up some high future picks to jump up there.

    • Caleb

      Well the assumption is that McCoy would be enough to swing the trade so Philly only needs to give up a fourth rounder. Considering McCoy’s production and success, it’s not out of the realm of possibilities. It’s also possible Philly would need to throw in a 2016 first rounder too, though.

  • ROA

    Trade Maclin? Don’t you need to sign him first?

    • Caleb

      He still has one more year.

  • Hinkie

    Maclins a FA this year… not next year.

    • Caleb

      Good call. That’s my bad, I thought he had the option of one more year.

      • Caleb

        In that case a sign and trade would have to be put in order, so basically McCoy is the only option.

  • Retirethe8

    Marcus Mariota is one of the best QB’s to grace the fields of the NCAA. Please help honor him by signing and sharing the petition to retire his jersey number.




  • daynon

    No way is trading McCoy and Maclin and foles a 1st and fourth enough to go from 20th to 1st Redskins gave up several first rounds to go from 6 to one running backs are a dime a dozen and Maclin is barely a number one receiver option you would be lucky to get a second for them combined face it Mariota a pipe dream