Marcus Mariota QB Oregon #8
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Overview: Mariota is a physically gifted athlete who is still developing as a quarterback. he shows a lot of the traits necessary to excel (arm strength, mobility) and has some of the fundamentals down (quick release, keeping his eyes downfield under pressure). There are certainly enough positives to make a strong argument for him as a first-round prospect. However, there are some flaws (inconsistent accuracy) and some unknowns (durability due to skinny frame and ability to make pre-snap reads in an NFL offense). Ultimately, I view Mariota as a Colin Kaepernick-type prospect. You can build a successful offense around his strengths, but he will only have success at a high level if he’s in a strong system with a quality supporting cast. He won’t carry a team by himself.