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Oregon’s Marcus Mariota wants to ‘hold off’ on NFL conversations until the offseason

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Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is having a fantastic redshirt sophomore campaign that has rightly placed him in the conversation for the Heisman Trophy and on the radars of NFL teams.

With the NFL chatter persisting, Mariota told John Canzano of 750-AM in Portland that he and his family “will hold off on these conversations until after the season.”

“We’re obviously going to put the pros and cons together, and we’re going to do what’s best for the family,” Mariota said. “At the same time, my education is important. I love Oregon. I love the community. We’ll decide when the time is right.”

Several draft experts have Mariota being selected third overall in their latest mock drafts, while Yahoo’s Eric Edholm has Mariota being selected No. 13 by the Chip Kelly and the Eagles.

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On top of that, MMQB’s Peter King wrote that Mariota could even be the first overall pick.

It’s easy to see why NFL scouts are drooling at the thought of selecting Mariota. His numbers are just spectacular. He's passed for 17 touchdowns and run for another eight.

As a fan of college football, I would love to see Mariota continue to put on a show week after week, but if his draft stock remains this high, it would be surprising not to see him jump at the chance to be a high draft pick.

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