Marcus Mariota: Being No. 1 pick 'not a huge thing' to me

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Marcus Mariota on being No. 1 pick: 'Not a huge thing'
Tuesday March 17th, 2015

Former Oregon quarterback and top NFL draft prospect Marcus Mariota said that he doesn't place much importance on being selected with the first overall pick in next month’s NFL Draft.

Mariota visited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday and met with general manager Jason Licht. Tampa Bay has the No. 1 pick in the draft.

“Being the first pick, to me it’s not a huge thing,” Mariota said, according to the team’s website. “I’d love to play for the Bucs. With that being said, if you find the team that wants you, that’s going to be the right team. I look forward to marketing myself and finding that team.”

The last two Heisman Trophy winners, Mariota and former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, are expected to be the first two quarterbacks drafted.


Peter King of reported that Winston is not planning on attending the draft, which takes place April 30–May 2 in Chicago.

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The Tennessee Titans will reportedly have visits with Winston and Mariota, as the Titans have the No. 2 overall pick. No dates have been set for those visits.

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