With the NFL season beginning to wind down, we here at the Grill are going to start breaking down the prospects that will be in this year’s NFL draft. For more information on how are grading works, please visit the NFL Prospect Scouting Report Page. We will begin by profiling the major prospects in the draft and over time we will expand to cover some small school prospects and hopefully, come draft time, we will have about 100 profiles on prospects.
Name: Marcus Marriota
Weight: 219 Pounds
2015 Stats: 304-445 (68.3%), 4454 Passing Yards, 42 Passing TDs, 4 INTs, 135 Carries, 770 Rushing Yards, 15 Rushing TDs
After the jump you will get a breakdown of Marcus Marriota’s pro’s and con’s as well as our grade for Marriota.
Pros: Marriota is a phenomenal athlete who has good size for an NFL quarterback. He has proven himself as a true dual-threat quarterback, and he is very difficult to defend against. He is an extremely accurate passer with a lightning quick release. He has high-level decision making and rarely turns the ball over, which makes him an extremely safe pick to be at worst a game manager. He has plus arm strength although he rarely had to show it off at Oregon. He is a consummate teammate and professional and takes film study seriously. He throws well on the run and rarely takes a sack. He has proven to be both tough and durable, never missing a game despite running the ball a lot. Finally, when asked to, he seems to be capable of reading a defense and going through multiple progressions.
Cons: He must improve as a pure pocket passer, which he should be able to do simply by taking more reps in the pocket. He rarely needed to throw into tight windows as the Oregon scheme created wide open receivers a lot. Therefore, he must improve ball placement on throws like the back shoulder fade and the out route. Sometimes looks to tuck it and run to quickly and needs to work on his ball handling, Finally, he needs to learn how to take snaps under center and needs to learn to play in an NFL scheme.
Our Take: To me, Marriota is an incredibly safe pick who at worst will be a very good game manager capable of making big plays at times, similar to Russell Wilson. However, if he reaches his full potential and improves his ball placement, Marriota has the potential to be a star, franchise quarterback. He is worthy of being a top five pick and I could see him going as high as number one if Tampa Bay wants to go with the safer pick.
Final Grade: 95 out of 100
Marriota grades out just slightly worse than Jameis Winston, due to his lack of playing in a Pro system in college. They both possess great quarterback skills but Marriota will have more of an adjustment to the NFL game.
Possible Draft Spots: I could see him landing with the Bucs, Titans, or as low as #6 to the Jets, although more likely they would trade up with Tennessee to #2 to pick Marriota.
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