For what feels like an eternity, the consensus top-pick in next year’s NFL draft has come down to Teddy Bridgewater and Jadeveon Clowney. However, perhaps this isn’t true for everyone.
According to Peter King of TheMMQB.com, via Pro Football Talk, at least two NFL teams could have Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota higher on their draft boards than Bridgewater. But unless those two teams are the Jacksonville Jaguars or New York Giants, it probably doesn’t matter.
It also doesn’t matter if Mariota does not leave school and declare for the draft, a decision that the Ducks star has yet to make.
Mariota told the following to 750 The Game in Portland, via Rotoworld.com:
My family and I have decided to hold off on these conversations until after the season. We’re obviously going to put the pros and cons together, and we’re going to do what’s best for the family. At the same time, my education is important. . . . I love Oregon. I love the community. We’ll decide when the time is right.
With plenty games left to play for the Oregon Ducks, there is no reason for Mariota to discuss his NFL future, especially i he hasn’t decided on when that is going to start. However, if there is a team willing to draft him in the top-ten, and possibly even first overall, than the future might as well start in 2014.