Philadelphia Eagles News

Rumor Mill: A Deal For Mariota?

According to a report from NJ.com's Mark Eckel, the Eagles are planning to try a few different maneuvers to move up in the 2015 NFL Draft and select University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Mariota, the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner, had an impressive season in his junior year as a Duck, completing 68.3 of his passes for 4,454 yards, 42 touchdowns against just four interceptions. He also ran for 770 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Head coach Chip Kelly recruited Mariota to the University of Oregon during his time as the Ducks' head coach, and though Mariota was Kelly's quarterback for just one season, his skill set blended well with the offense Kelly installed with Oregon. Mariota completed 68.5 percent of his passes, threw for 2,677 yards and tossed 32 touchdowns to six interceptions under Kelly. He also ran for 752 yards and five touchdowns.

When Mariota spoke with reporters after announcing he would be leaving Oregon a year early - although he has graduated - to enter the NFL Draft, the 21-year-old said it would "be a lot of fun" to play for his former coach in the NFL.

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