Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota will skip his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.
The dual pass-run threat won the Heisman Trophy in 2014, throwing 42 touchdowns against just four interceptions in compiling 4,454 yards through the air. He came up short in the national championship game against Ohio State.
The Heisman winner figures to hear his name early on draft day. The Buccaneers, Titans, Redskins, and Jets all exhibit quarterback problems and hold picks in the top ten. Tampa Bay picks first, which leads to speculation that Florida State’s Jameis Winston may find a team before Mariota does. But NFL teams generally scoff at the idea of satiating fans with a popular pick if they think a better player remains on the board.
“After meeting with my family I have decided to forgo my final year of eligibility and apply for the 2015 NFL draft,” Mariota announced. “My four years at the University of Oregon have been an awesome experience.”