Peter King of MMQB.com writes that the most important workout on the horizon will be Oregon QB Marcus Mariota’s Pro Day on March 12.
A few teams have told King that they’ll be watching to see how he does the mundane things he didn’t do much of in college such as dropping back, staying in the pocket, and throwing from a stationary position.
In regards to the draft, King can’t see Mariota getting past the Jets at No. 6 overall, which could create an interesting trade scenario for the Redskins at No. 5 overall.
King mentions that teams like the Rams (No. 10), Browns (No. 12), and Eagles (No. 20) could reach out to the Redskins about trading up ahead of the Jets to secure Mariota.
According to King, Washington and new GM Scot McCloughan would be wise to trade out of No. 5 if they can get either a first-round pick or a high second-round selection, as long as Mariota’s still on the board.
You would have to think the Redskins would seriously entertain the idea of moving down the board and pick up some additional draft picks now that they no longer have to send their first-round selections to the Rams as part of the Robert Griffin III trade.
McCloughan has said that he plans to build through the draft, and there’s no question that they could use the additional picks to address a number of roster needs.
Both Jameis Winston and Mariota were able to impress NFL teams at the Combine this past weekend and should be drafted in the top six picks.
The Buccaneers are widely considered to be a lock to take a quarterback, and many expect Winston to be their guy, which creates a scenario where Mariota could drop to the Jets at No. 6 overall.
The Titans have expressed support for Zach Mettenberger being their future quarterback and the Jaguars and Raiders both have young quarterbacks on their roster.
Assuming Tennessee is willing to pass on Mariota and can’t find anyone to trade up to No. 2 overall, Washington could auction their pick ahead of the Jets and see if they can get a deal done.
Multiple reports have said that the Browns could be willing to package their No. 12 and No. 19 overall picks to move up for a guy like Mariota. On top of that, their new QBs coach Kevin O’Connell worked with him preparing for the Combine, so they are more than familiar with Mariota.
The same can be said for the Eagles, as HC Chip Kelly coached him at Oregon, and it’s hard to find a better fit for Mariota than playing in his old offensive system.
I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about potential trade scenarios for Mariota in the coming months.