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2015 East-West Shrine Game Notes: Day 3

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
Oregon linebacker Tony Washington (No. 19) arrived at the Shrine Game on Wednesday, two days after suffering defeat to Ohio State in the CFP National Championship Game. (Photo: Dan Hope)

Oregon linebacker Tony Washington (No. 19) arrived at the Shrine Game on Wednesday, two days after suffering defeat to Ohio State in the CFP National Championship Game. (Photo: Dan Hope)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Wednesday might have been the final opportunity for players to make an impression on many of the NFL scouts at this week’s East-West Shrine Game, as attendance among evaluators was already starting to dwindle Wednesday and is likely to decrease significantly Thursday. For Oregon’s Tony Washington, however, Wednesday was the first day he got to take the field in front of the crowd in St. Petersburg.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon

Monday, January 5th, 2015
Jake Fisher has a chance to emerge as one of the 2015 NFL Draft's top offensive tackle prospects. (Photo: Scott Olmos — USA Today Sports)

Jake Fisher has a chance to emerge as one of the 2015 NFL Draft’s top offensive tackle prospects. (Photo: Scott Olmos — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Nat Jordan

Evaluating offensive prospects from Oregon is always difficult because unless they are drafted by Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles, their NFL offensive system will differ drastically from the Ducks offense. Many have raised concerns about the legitimacy of quarterback Marcus Mariota, the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner and potentially the 2015 NFL draft’s No. 1 pick, arguing that he plays in an offense where receivers are often wide open and anybody can complete passes.

Offensive tackle Jake Fisher falls into the same trap. Mariota doesn’t drop back a lot to pass, and the line is almost never asked to form a true pocket for longer than two or three seconds. We can only judge Fisher’s ability in pass protection from the first couple of steps he takes. Is he good, or is he good for two seconds?

Fisher was a backup guard in 2011, his freshman season, but got reps in 13 games. He became the starter at right tackle in 2012, and kept that role all the way up to this season, when he moved over to the left to protect Mariota’s blind side after an injury to Tyler Johnstone. This year, he’s burst himself onto the NFL draft scene with some eyebrow-raising performances at left tackle against top teams, including most recently the Florida State Seminoles.

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Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week 7: Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley Face Off

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
This weekend's marquee matchup with UCLA will be an opportunity for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota to show he's the top quarterback in the 2015 draft. (Photo: Scott Olmos — USA Today Sports)

This weekend’s marquee matchup with UCLA will be an opportunity for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota to show he’s the top quarterback in the 2015 draft. (Photo: Scott Olmos — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

This past weekend was the most exciting weekend of college football that I can remember in a long time. This week offers similar intrigue, featuring five games between teams who are both ranked in the top 25. Beyond that, there are several other matchups to keep an eye on with major conference implications.

From an NFL draft perspective, the attention should be on Oregon and UCLA, as two quarterbacks with high first-round aspirations will take center-stage. Before breaking them down, there were some great individual performances from last week to highlight.

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Joe Marino’s Talent Watch: Week Two

Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Leonard Floyd put himself on the map with an outstanding performance in Georgia's season-opening win versus Clemson. (Photo: Dale Zanine — USA Today Sports)

Leonard Floyd put himself on the map with an outstanding performance in Georgia’s season-opening win versus Clemson. (Photo: Dale Zanine — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Prospects for the 2015 NFL draft have had their opportunities to make a first impression for the 2014 season. That said, the scouting process is a fluid one so putting too much stock into any single performance is foolish. Stacking consistent outings is vital and Week 1 is just the beginning of that process. As we dive into Week 2 of Talent Watch, let’s begin by looking back at the players who were most impressive in the inaugural week of the season.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu will contend to be the top cornerback in the 2015 NFL draft class. (Photo: Scott Olmos — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Coming off back-to-back first-team all-Pac-12 selections, Oregon’s Ifo Ekpre-Olomu enters 2014 as one of the most talented cornerbacks in the nation. With two years of starting experience already under his belt, he is an impressive football player who is putting together a quality resume on the field.

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