According to multiple sources close to ESPN’s Chris Mortenson, former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota will throw for prospective teams at 2015 NFL Combine to be held February 17-23 in Indianapolis. Mariota, along with Florida State’s Jameis Winston, are considered to be the top collegiate quarterbacks available in the 2015 NFL Draft.
To what extent to participate in the NFL Combine is a major decision for elite prospects to make, and it often primarily involves the player’s agents. Some agents prefer to hold a private workout for teams so they can control the environment — usually held at the prospect’s home university. The decision whether to throw for teams is especially significant for Mariota after he suffered a sprained shoulder in the 4th quarter of the Ducks’ January 12th loss to Ohio State in the National Championship Game.
Normally, players looking to move up in the draft like to demonstrate their skills. However, players who are confident they will be selected high normally prefer to limit their exposure to injury and other factors that could cause their draft status to slip.
Prior to the 2014 Draft, UCF’s Blake Bortles did throw at the combine and ended up being selected No. 3 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, Texas A&M quarterback and former Oregon Duck commit Johnny Manziel decided not to throw at the combine and was selected 22nd overall by the Cleveland Browns.
In his Heisman-winning junior season at Oregon, Mariota accounted for 5,224 total yards and 58 touchdowns. This included 42 touchdowns through the air, while he rushed for 15 other scores and caught one pass.
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For Football Season: FishDuck Back to Seven Days a Week!
I had to shut down the daily articles on July 20th because I could no longer work the extra 3 to 12 hours per week of certain managerial/editorial duties. (beyond the usual ones with FishDuck)
I’ve had a blast writing without those duties, and now, due to a new agreement with the writers, I can announce that we will have articles seven days a week again. I wish to thank the writers publicly for their graciousness in coming to a solution, as now I still do not have do those extra duties with our agreement, and meanwhile the writers are back having fun creating articles as I am.
Everybody is happy! So below is the new schedule through football season:
Monday: Mr. FishDuck
Tuesday: Darren Perkins
Wednesday: Coach Ken Woody
Thursday: Coach Eric Boles and Alex Heining alternating
Friday: David Marsh
Saturday: Mr. FishDuck (GameDay Baby!)
Sunday: Jordan Ingram
A couple of writers could not join us as they have new projects in their lives, and cannot write for anyone at the moment–but perhaps we will see them back later.
Things rarely work out so well for all parties in agreements, but this time it has and truly….everyone wins!
Our 33 rules at FishDuck can be summarized to this: 1) be polite and respectful, 2) keep it clean, and 3) no reference of any kind to politics. Easy-peasy!
FishDuck members….we got your back. No Trolls Allowed!