Jan. 3, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA: Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) against the Kansas State Wildcats during the 2013 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Oregon defeated Kansas State 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft 2014: Marcus Mariota Could Be in Discussion For No. 1 Overall


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.

He wrote:

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.

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  • http://twitter.com/kentonkathol Kenton

    I’m an Oregon fan and really like Mariota but I don’t think he’s proven himself enough to be in this discussion yet

  • JordanGrinch

    I attended high school with Marcus and have seen his arm grow into what is has become. Oregon’s offense is much more potent with him calling the signals, compared to that of Darron Thomas & Jeremiah Masoli (who also attended the same high school for a short period). If Chip Kelly can prove that his offense can be successful in the NFL, I can only see Marcus’ stock rising as Mark Helfrich will let him showcase his arm a little more in the fall.

  • Michael Hunt

    Way to try to muddy the water for your hometown team, LZ. Would the Jags be stupid enough to draft Mariota over Bridgewater… Houstonians can only hope. Either way you slice it, a division with those two (and/or Boyd) and Luck would be trouble for TN.