Marcus Blows by Jameis in the 40-yard Dash

Rose Bowl 2015

When it comes to character off the field, we know Marcus Mariota is a class act. While Jameis Winston certainly has had issues controlling himself off the field, he has proven he knows how to take care of business on the field (except against the Ducks).

The NFL Combine is a place where players can come and while competing, can forget about all their off-the-field battles. With Mariota and Winston almost certainly being the No.1 and No.2 quarterbacks in this draft, many would be looking to combine performances to help set the two apart. This morning, Mariota clocked an unofficial 4.52 second 40-yard dash (best of any quarterback thus far in the combine) compared to the 4.97 second mark set by Winston.

One must remember that the days of the pocket passer in the NFL are slowly dying. With the way defenses play now, it almost behooves a quarterback not to have running abilities. While the Tom Brady’s and the Peyton Manning’s of the league have been very successful, the push for having someone in the pocket who can use their feet as an escape route is becoming more and more needed.

Jameis watching the game being taken from his hands

Craig Strobeck

Jameis watching the game being taken from his hands

It was expected that this quarterback race would be close. Even with the Oregon and Florida State pro days still to come, these combine performances very well could shape coaches’ opinions. If Mariota can stay strong through the combine and consistently better Winston in every competition, then we might see our beloved Duck as a unanimous No.1 pick in the draft.

Stay tuned to for the latest in Mariota, and Oregon Ducks news from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Top Photo by Craig Strobeck

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Jason Selby

Jason Selby

Jason is a Junior at the University of Oregon, currently double majoring in Public Relations and Political Science. Jason has been an avid sports fan for his entire life, growing up playing Football, Basketball, and Baseball. Over the last year, Jason has found his love for sports reporting, and enjoys creating pieces that use his love and knowledge for sports to portray his message. In his spare time, Jason enjoys obsessing over Ducks sports, Scuba Diving around the world, and listening to music. Tweet at Jason…. @1seltank. He loves talking sports with other avid sports fans.

  • douglas fur

    In the topsy turvy worst picks first draft, winners are losers and losers are winners. Getting picked first and having to meet expectations of a franchise savior could yield a year or two of misery for our hero. Some body like Bryan Bennett or Rakeem Cato, picked up as a development project by a winning team could enjoy an apprenticeship under a top qb then pick up the reins…
    C’est La Guerre
    DRB 74

    • Jason Selby

      Yes I agree with you 100%. One thing we know about Marcus is that he will work hard no matter what situation he is in. Should be interesting to see where he ends up. Thanks for the read