With Jameis Winston already declared, will Oregon QB Marcus Mariota jump to the top of the NFL draft board if he declares?
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Oregon Ducks QB Marcus Mariota, considered the best prospect if the 2015 NFL draft is currently undecided on whether he plans to declare for the NFL in the draft.
“I really haven’t made my decision yet,” Mariota said at media day for the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. “I don’t know if that’s my future. It hasn’t been a distraction because I’m really just focusing on this game and making sure I go out there prepared.”
Mariota, the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner, has the Ducks poised for a National Championship game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Monday January 12th. He leads the NCAA in passer rating and total TDs. NFL analysts have compared Mariota as a prospect to such elite QBs as Packers QB Aaron Rodgers or Colts QB Andrew Luck.
A redshirt junior with one year of eligibility left in college football, Mariota will have just three days after the title game to file the necessary paperwork to apply for draft entry. The deadline for underclassmen to submit for early entry is January 15th.