Friday March 13th, 2015

Quarterback Marcus Mariota said Friday that he'd "love" to play for the New York Jets, according to USA Today.

The Jets hold the No. 6 pick in the upcoming NFL draft after going 412 last season.

SCHNELL: Subpar pro day shouldn't hurt Mariota's stock

Mariota was in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Friday to accept the Maxwell Award for college football player of the year and talked about meeting some of New York's coaches. 

"Meeting with the offensive coordinator and the quarterbacks coach was awesome. It was an opportunity for me to introduce myself, and it seems like a great organization," he said

Mariota was also asked about the Philadelphia Eagles and whether he thinks they would trade up from their No. 20 draft slot to select him. Eagles coach Chip Kelly recruited Mariota to play at Oregon.

"I wouldn't doubt it," he said, "but coach Kelly and the Eagles are going to do what's best for that team, and we'll see what happens."

• ​BURKE: NFL Mock Draft: Does Mariota slip after pro day?

There have been rumors that Philadelphia is interested in trading up for Mariota, but on Wednesday Kelly told reporters that those rumors are "crazy."

Mariota, the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner, and Florida State's Jameis Winston are widely considered the top two quarterback prospects in this year's draft class.

- Molly Geary

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