Draft Notes: Mariota, Ebbele

As free agency’s flashy stage winds down, the next batch of potential impact players will come from the college ranks.

Some early draft buzz …

  • The Eagles made a move at quarterback this past week, acquiring former first-overall pick Sam Bradford from the Rams. Despite the move, prospect Marcus Mariota could still envision his former coach, Chip Kelly, drafting him in the first round. “I wouldn’t doubt it, but Coach Kelly and the Eagles are going to do what’s best for the team,” Mariota told Zach Berman of Philly.com“We’ll see what happens.”
  • Meanwhile, Mariota indicated that he wouldn’t have any qualms about being selected by the Jets. “I’d love to play for the Jets,” Mariota said (via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News). “Meeting with the offensive coordinator (Chan Gailey) and the quarterbacks coach (Kevin Patullo) was awesome. It was an opportunity for me to introduce myself, and it seems like a great organization.”
  • Gary Myers of the Daily News argues the Jets’ passing on Mariota at No. 6 overall — or failing to trade up to acquire the spread-honed prospect — would halt the team’s momentum it created from adding Darrelle Revis.
  • The Bengals hosted a private workout for Arizona right tackle Fabbians Ebbele today, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun (via Twitter).

Ben Levine and Sam Robinson contributed to this post.

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