What he brings: Mariota has prototypical size, outstanding intangibles and football intelligence, and rare athleticism for a QB. He has a strong arm, a quick release, and he is very accurate when throwing on the run. His ability to improve his accuracy and overall efficiency on throws that require anticipation - as he transitions from Oregon's up-tempo spread system to an NFL offense -- will be critical to his success.
How he fits: Mariota doesn't fit the mold of prototypical pocket passers -- such as Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger -- with whom head coach Ken Whisenhunt has had past success. Whisenhunt will have to adapt his philosophies toward Mariota's dual-threat skill set early on by consistently using his mobility and changing the launch point as he develops as a pocket passer. The best-case scenario is if Tennessee is able to get quality play from second-year quarterback Zach Mettenberger early on, providing Mariota some time to sit, watch and hone his craft.