It is never too early to start discussion about next year’s NFL Draft, so that is exactly what we are doing. Many fans and analysts believe that the race for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft will come down to South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, but there is also another name that deserves some consideration.
According to Lance Zerlein of The Sideline View, Oregon Ducks signal-caller Marcus Mariota is right in the discussion.
The battle for the top 3 spots in the NFL draft next year between Mariota, Bridgewater and Clowney is going to be awesome.
— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) May 16, 2013
If Mariota can continue to shine at Oregon now that Chip Kelly has bolted for the NFL, he would create a real case for the No. 1 discussion.
Mariota has an incredible natural skillset and he is a dual-threat that has a high ceiling. The redshirt sophomore may not enter the draft after this year, but if he does he could be one of the many intriguing quarterbacks in a class that could include Bridgewater, Tajh Boyd, AJ McCarron, Aaron Murray and Johnny Manziel.
Do you think Mariota should be considered for the No. 1 overall pick? Share your thoughts in the comments section.