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Old 12-19-2013   #38
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Might Marcus Mariota change his mind?

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On Dec. 3, QB Marcus Mariota released a statement that he intended to return to Oregon for the 2014 campaign, rather than join the NFL draft. However, he reportedly requested an NFL grade prior to that announcement but released the statement before learning his grade. The key here is that no binding decision has been made at this time.

"Regardless of the actual date Mariota requested his grade from the committee, what has become increasingly clear is that he made his statement without actually learning of his grade. Once he receives the grade -- expected to be a top 15 designation -- Mariota may have a harder time turning down the lure of an NFL paycheck," wrote Rob Rang of The Sports Xchange.

"Requesting his grade certainly does not mean that Mariota has changed his mind and will declare early for the 2014 NFL Draft. Many players check with the NFL's free evaluative service simply to get a better grasp on their prospects for the future and fully plan on returning for another year of collegiate action."

By many accounts, Mariota could be the top quarterback taken in the draft, depending on how he might perform during the NFL Combine and Oregon's pro day. When ESPN NFL Insider Mel Kiper Jr. recently released his top options at each position, he ranked Mariota behind only Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater among non-senior QB prospects.

"Mariota has said he'll return to Oregon, but he remains here until he's no longer allowed to change his mind," Kiper wrote.

The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is January 15.

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