After passing on the Senior Bowl, Marcus Mariota might be passing on another opportunity to impress NFL personnel. The Heisman trophy winner says he is unsure if he'll throw at the combine due to a shoulder injury he suffered in the National Championship Game.
"Right now we're still making that decision, whether to throw at the combine. I had to kinda rest about a week-and-a-half," Mariota said, according to staradvertiser.com. "I sprained the AC (shoulder) joint. But now, I'm able to throw. Feels good."
While Mariota was assumed to be the top quarterback in this class for a majority of this season, questions about his transition to the NFL have forced NFL Draft analysts like ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler and Rob Rang, along with Scout's Jamie Newberg to have the Buccaneers passing on Mariota for Jameis Winston.
If Mariota does in fact choose to not throw at the combine, the only time he'll have to impress scouts will be at his pro day. Then again, most quarterbacks look impressive at their pro days when they're throwing against air in a controlled environment.
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