The Heisman Trophy winner from Oregon was peppered with questions regarding his transition from the Ducks spread attack to the pro-style game to what team he will eventually be drafted by.
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Obviously, those are questions unknown.
”I can only control what I can control,” Mariota said. “I can control how I prepare. As far as who picks me I can’t answer any of that stuff."
What Mariota can control is how he works and how much he learns. But as he says, it’s just a natural progression that any NFL rookie has to make.
”It will be an adjustment,” Mariota said. “I think all rookies go through it. I am just trying to absorb as much as I can and do my best. I am working on my five and seven step drops, reading defenses and working on all the NFL throws.”
It’s hard to show because you just don’t know until the bullets are flying for real. There’s no denying what he put on film was outstanding in quarterbacking the high flying Ducks. But this is a different animal.
”It starts with the interviews,” Mariota said. “I need to show them I can make the progressions and reads and just go from there. It’s just going to be an adjustment. I know I will put in the work to handle it. It starts with the drops, route concepts and my feet. It’s all an adjustment. I will put my best foot forward every day. I will find ways to get better."