Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota is without a doubt one of the greatest college football players of all time. With a win over the Ohio State Buckeyes in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game, the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner will have an even stronger case for being considered the best player in college football history.
Mariota has thrived in Oregon’s offensive scheme that is tailor-made for dual-threat quarterbacks. His effectiveness as a college player has been greatly enhanced by his athleticism and ability to make plays with his feet. In his three years as the Ducks’ starting quarterback, Mariota has rushed for 2,198 yards and 29 touchdowns. While those numbers undoubtedly helped him win a Heisman Trophy, his ability as a runner will likely be a much smaller part of his game at the NFL level. Not to worry though, Mariota has consistently proven that his ability as a passer is worthy of being deemed elite. Here is a look at Mariota’s passing stats during his three years at Oregon:
- 10,463 yards
- 101 touchdown passes
- 12 interceptions
- 8.42 touchdown/interception ration
Mariota is going to be one of the most widely discussed and scrutinized prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft – assuming he foregoes his senior season at Oregon. He is surely going to be compared to several current and former NFL quarterbacks along the way, and this got us thinking, how does Mariota’s college career compare to those of the top Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks in the NFL today?
Here is a look at how Mariota’s college career compares to those of six current, Super Bowl-winning NFL quarterbacks.
1. Tom Brady
Draft Position: Round 6, pick 199 in the 2000 NFL Draft
- 4,773 yards
- 30 touchdown passes
- 17 interceptions
- 1.76 touchdown/interception ratio
2. Drew Brees
Draft Position: Round 2, pick 32 in the 2001 NFL Draft
- 11,792 yards
- 90 touchdown passes
- 45 interceptions
- 2.0 touchdown/interception ratio
3. Peyton Manning
Draft Position: Round 1, pick 1 in the 1998 NFL Draft
- 11,201 yards
- 89 touchdowns
- 33 interceptions
- 2.7 touchdown/interception ratio
4. Eli Manning
College: Ole Miss
Draft Position: Round 1, pick 1 in the 2004 NFL Draft
- 10,119 yards
- 81 touchdowns
- 35 interceptions
- 2.31 touchdown/interception ratio
5. Aaron Rodgers
Draft Position: Round 1, pick 24 in the 2005 NFL Draft
- 5,469 yards
- 43 touchdowns
- 13 interceptions
- 3.31 touchdown/interception ratio
6. Russell Wilson
Draft Position: Round 3, pick 75 in the 2012 NFL Draft
- 11,720 yards
- 109 touchdowns
- 30 interceptions
- 3.63 touchdown/interception ratio
As you can see, Mariota will be entering the NFL with a more impressive college resume than the best quarterbacks currently playing professional football. Does that mean he will be as good or better than any of the quarterbacks mentioned here? No, it does not. In fact, history would suggest that the odds are against Mariota ever hoisting a Lombardi Trophy during his NFL career. With that being said, the Hawaii-native possesses all of the traits of a quarterback who will have a long, successful professional career.
All statistics courtesy of Sports-Reference.
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