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Oregon QB Marcus Mariota requests NFL draft grade

Kenjon Barner, Marcus Mariota AP

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has requested that his draft stock be evaluated by the NFL despite his announcement on Dec. 3 that he would return to play for the Ducks in 2014, according to a report from NFLDraftScout.com.

The request doesn’t affect Mariota’s eligibility and he is under no obligation to follow its recommendations.

Oregon associate athletic director Craig Pintens said via Twitter that Mariota made the request following the Ducks’ final game against Oregon State, but that Mariota’s decision to return will stand regardless of what the evaluation shows.

Mariota addressed the matter on Wednesday: “To clear any confusion, I’m very blessed and thankful to come back,” he said. “This is the best decision for my family and the best decision for me. We are standing firm and we support that decision all the way.”

The sophomore quarterback threw for 3,412 yards and 30 touchdowns with just four interceptions and also rushed for 582 yards and nine scores this season. He is expected to be a top 10 NFL pick when he does decide to enter the draft.

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7 Responses to “Oregon QB Marcus Mariota requests NFL draft grade”
  1. duklover says: Dec 18, 2013 6:26 PM

    Why not get an evaluation from people who count. The Heisman voters wouldn’t give him the time of day. Stay in school, Marcus, Go Ducks!

  2. stoptrippn says: Dec 18, 2013 6:54 PM

    If you’re. A late first..goooooooooooooooooooooooo

  3. mitchem85 says: Dec 18, 2013 7:18 PM

    This kid will be a bust.

  4. doggeatdogg says: Dec 18, 2013 7:23 PM

    stoptrippn says:

    If you’re. A late first..goooooooooooooooooooooooo
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    I’m inclined to agree. He will not be drafted by lowly finishers high drafting Jacksonville / Houston / Tampa, but may end up playing back up to teams with better performing QB’s later in the draft like in Pittsburg, Dallas, San Diego, or Green Bay or whoever sees the playoffs. I can see NE getting him to back up TB.

  5. tigers182 says: Dec 18, 2013 9:23 PM

    Whoa, I want my draft stock graded too.

    -Fat guy on a coach who criticizes great athletes

  6. thefiesty1 says: Dec 18, 2013 10:00 PM

    Wait until you hang a bunch on Texas in the Alamo, then test the waters.

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 19, 2013 11:15 AM

    doggeatdogg says:
    Dec 18, 2013 7:23 PM

    stoptrippn says:

    If you’re. A late first..goooooooooooooooooooooooo
    ————–

    I’m inclined to agree. He will not be drafted by lowly finishers high drafting Jacksonville / Houston / Tampa, but may end up playing back up to teams with better performing QB’s later in the draft like in Pittsburg, Dallas, San Diego, or Green Bay or whoever sees the playoffs. I can see NE getting him to back up TB.
    ________________

    Ask Ryan Mallet how that is working….

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