Jan 1, 2015; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) runs in a touchdown against the Florida State Seminoles during the second half in the 2015 Rose Bowl college football game at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Style of play
A lot of people mention Tim Tebow as the style of play that Mariota brings to the table. He really is more of a Russell Wilson type of player. He doesn’t look to run first unless the play is designed to go for a run. He is athletic and can escape the pocket if it breaks down and will keep his eyes downfield looking to make a play in the passing game first.
When he does decide to pull it down, he has the speed and agility to make huge plays. The offensive line has struggled to protect Philip Rivers and they are getting some huge upgrades, but the ability to create outside of the pocket could create a lot of big plays for the team. He would be able to create some time for his receivers to get open and can hit them down the field. Imagine getting Keenan Allen some extra time to work free from defenders.
With the young quarterback on the roster, the team will need to protect him with a running game and it seems like the Chargers are interested in bringing in one of the top backs from this draft to team with Mariota. They have had workouts with a number of the top guys already. The team has also brought in a nice upgrade at guard to help the run game with the addition of Orlando Franklin. Adding another offensive lineman through the draft would give the team even more young talent to help in the run game and help support Mariota.
The Chargers would rely on the quick passing approach and would also take advantage of the athleticism that Mariota brings to the table. Mike McCoy would adapt the offense to work for Mariota’s style of play. Creating an offense around his skills would bring out the most of Mariota.