According to Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com, “evidence continues to build that the Eagles are going to make a strong play for Marcus Mariota.”
Kempski admits that he previously saw this as an “unrealistic” for the Eagles. However, Kempski writes that the Eagles appear to be “determined to get their guy.”
While the Eagles may in fact be interested in moving up the board to get Mariota, Kempski adds that these situations are extremely hard to predict months in advance based on the fact that there are a number of factors that would go into this even being a possibility.
Kempski sums up the situation by mentioning: “In other words, while the Eagles want Mariota and seem determined to make it happen, this is not a slam dunk.”
Previous reports have said that the Eagles would try to trade up for Mariota, and there is a chance that teams like the Titans, Raiders, or Redskins would be willing to trade back and pick up some additional drafts in the process.
However, there are other teams rumored to be interested in Mariota as well such as the Browns and possibly the Rams, so even if the Eagles are serious about getting Mariota, other teams could trump them based on what they can offer in terms of draft compensation.
Mariota finished his final year at Oregon by leading them to an appearance in the National Title game and managed to win a Heisman Trophy in the process.
Mariota threw for 10,796 yards while completing 66.8 percent of his passes to go along with 105 touchdowns and just 14 interceptions over the course of three years at Oregon.
We’ll have more regarding the Eagles possibly trading up for Mariota as the news is available.