Marcus Mariota has revealed that there is a very likely chance that he won't be passing at the NFL Combine.
According to reports from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Mariota announced last night that he was suffering from a AC sprain in throwing shoulder and had not decided whether or not to throw at the Combine next month.
"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 at a press conference in Laie, where he was being honoured as the first Polynesian College Football Player of the Year.
Mariota is still suffering the effects of the injury that he sustained in the College Football Championship game against Ohio State, which Oregon lost by a substantial margin.
Mariota was forced to sit out a play late in the 42-20 loss to OSU after he was driven hard to the ground by the Buckeyes star defensive lineman Joey Bosa, with Mariota landing on his right shoulder. Mariota came back in the game but looked in discomfort as the Ducks got blown out by Ezekiel Elliot and Cardale Jones.
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The Heisman winning quarterback Mariota is expected to be the first man selected in the 2015 Draft later this year by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but there's a lot of time between then and now for the former Oregon Ducks star to drop down draft boards.
The Bridgewater Effect
Last year we had Teddy Bridgewater go from the best quarterback in the class to being drafted with the last pick of the first round, behind Blake Bortles who went number three, and Johnny Manziel.
Whilst withdrawing from passing practices isn't too unusual for quarterbacks it definitely won't help his cause in front of all 32 teams. Mariota does have his Pro Day at Oregon though, but if he can't perform in that or throws the ball poorly then he will definitely slide down the mock drafts. Just ask Bridgewater.