The clock is ticking for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota to declare for the 2015 NFL draft. He is seen by many as one of the two top QBs prospects.
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Oregon Ducks QB Marcus Mariota is not ready to talk about heading to the NFL – not that it precludes him from declaring before the deadline.
Asked if Monday night’s loss was his final college game, Mariota laughed and said, “That’s the last thing on my mind right now.”
Against the Ohio State defense Monday night, Mariota had 333 passing yards with two touchdowns and one interception and rushed for another 39 yards. In doing so, he became the first PAC-12 player to record 5,000 or more yards of total offense in a season, one of several school, conference and FBS records he set this year.
“He was never going to make a decision in three days,” Scott Frost, Oregon’s offensive coordinator, said of the impending deadline for Mariota to declare. “He’s been thinking about this a long time, and he’ll make the right decision.
“Marcus and I are close, and we’ve had a lot of discussions about everything.”
Mariota has until Thursday to declare for the 2015 NFL draft. He has been consistently rated as one of the top ten overall prospects, and is one of the top two QB prospects.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans and New York Jets are all viewed as having interest in Mariota. All of them pick in the top six.