Despite being the No. 2 QB prospect in the draft and a sure-fire 1st-round pick, Marcus Mariota plans to stay home for the 2015 draft.
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Former Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, a likely first-round selection in the 2015 NFL draft, has told the NFL that he will not attend the draft and will stay home with his family for the event.
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner plans to be in Hawaii among his family and the community that helped raise him. Mariota told the NFL that it is important to him, both personally and culturally, to be in Hawaii to celebrate the next step in his life.
The news comes shortly after former Florida State QB Jameis Winston – considered the No. 1 QB prospect and potential No. 1 overall pick in the draft – announced that he intends to stay home with his diabetic grandmother rather than attend the NFL draft in Chicago.
Mariota is considered the No. 2 QB prospect in the draft and could very well be the No. 1 overall pick by the Buccaneers come late-April. He has also been linked to the Tennessee Titans (No. 2), Washington (No. 5), New York Jets (No. 6) and some mock drafts have him falling to the St. Louis Rams or Cleveland Browns.
According to Schefter, Mariota intends to invite both networks, ESPN and NFL Network, to broadcast his draft-day experience, but it will be done in Hawaii and not in Chicago.