Mariota started his career at Oregon redshirting in the 2011 season. Mariota led the Ducks to a 12-1 record and defeated Kansas State to win the Fiesta Bowl during his 2012 campaign. Mariota continued to play well even after suffering a partially torn MCL injury and while playing through it during the 2013 season earning him First-Team All-PAC-12 honors. As a redshirt junior in 2014, Mariota won the Heisman Trophy, but lost to Ohio State in the National Championship.
|DOB||October 30, 1993||Bench (225 lb)||N/A|
|Weight||222 lbs||Broad Jump||10’1″|
|Arms||32″||20 Yard Shuttle||4.11 sec|
|Hands||9-7/8″||3 Cone Drill||6.87 sec|
|40 Yard Dash (10 yd split)||4.52 sec (1.57 sec)||60 Yard Shuttle||N/A|
|University of Oregon (2011-2014)|
|2014 – 304/445 (68.3%), 4,454 yds, 10.0 y/a, 42 TDs, 4 INT, 135 rushes for 770 rushing yards and 15 rushing TDs, 1 rec for 26 yards and 1 receiving TD||Heisman Trophy Winner, Davey O’Brien Award, Walter Camp Award, AP Player of the Year, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Unanimous All-American, PAC-12 Offensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-PAC-12 (2014)|
|2013 – 245/386 (63.5%), 3,665 yds, 9.5 y/a, 31 TDs, 4 INT, 96 rushes for 715 rushing yards and 9 rushing TDs||First-Team All-PAC-12, CFPA Quarterback Award (2013)|
|2012 – 230/336 (68.5%), 2,677 yds, 8.0 y/a, 32 TDs, 6 INT, 106 rushes for 752 rushing yards and 5 rushing TDs, 1 rec for 2 yards and 1 receiving TD||First-Team All-PAC-12, PAC-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year (2012)|
Seven games were analyzed to judge Mariota’s ability as a quarterback in this scouting report all from DraftBreakdown.com. These games were:
Accuracy is the most important trait in evaluating a quarterback. In the NFL, windows are much smaller as defenders are that much better at recognizing routes and have the athleticism to stay with their man. Mariota is generally consistent with his short accuracy on passes like slants, screen passes, and hitch routes. The Oregon offense featured a lot of these types of routes. Mariota is typically was great at throwing seam routes in between linebacker and secondary zones which should help him take advantage of mismatches in the NFL if the team that drafts him has a good receiving TE that can work over the middle.
In this last play Mariota shows he can throw on the run too. One of the things Mariota doesn’t get enough credit for is his undeniable playmaking ability WITH his arm. Most know him as a “scrambling” quarterback, but he made some truly NFL-quality throws that would be completions in the NFL.
When Mariota misses he typically overthrows the route which almost led to multiple interceptions. It was especially bad in the Rose Bowl game versus Florida State. Normally he makes a lot of these throws, so I’m not as worried as some people are about his accuracy especially over the middle.
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