Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota faced the media on Thursday from Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine. Mariota confirmed he would participate in throwing drills at the combine while taking on a barrage of questions from his days at Oregon to how he feels he will transition to the NFL.
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One of the things critics are quick to point out is how he has made countless throws behind the line of scrimmage. But Mariota said he likes throwing the ball downfield when asked what his favorite play was.
"I enjoy throwing the seam ball," Mariota said. "For us at Oregon, we did get to see a lot of three-deep zone. Our tight ends and wide receivers are able to get in those zones. It's a fun throw because -- you can't put too much on to it because you'll just throw it into the linebackers. You have to put enough touch under it to put it over the linebacker and have enough zip on it to to be in front of the safety."
That's an NFL-style answer Mariota gave and one that many will overlook but those within league circles say that "he gets it."
Players come out and talk about how they should be the first one taken in the draft. It's part of their DNA. It was no different for the Oregon product as he too feels he is confident in his ability but admits he'd have to adjust, including commanding a huddle.
"For any rookie quarterback, it's going to be an adjustment stepping up into this new level," Mariota said. "For me, I'm going to continue to absorb as much as I can and learn from as many people as I can and do my best in whatever situation I get into.
"I haven't huddled in a while so that'll be one thing. It seems like a little detail but it is kind of a big thing. There are other things like five, six, seven step drops under center. That's all stuff that I have been able to work on in the last month."
A report on Thursday claimed that he had met with the Bucs but when asked, Mariota said he did not meet with them. However, he did confirm he met with the Eagles and their staff but not with head coach Chip Kelly.
Next up for Mariota is throwing at the combine on Saturday.
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