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Notes from Mariota's Pro Day Workout

How did quarterback Marcus Mariota perform during his pro day?

Photos from the former Oregon quarterback's workout.

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On Thursday, former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota took the field before NFL scouts and coaches for his pro day. All 32 teams were in attendence for the potential No. 1 pick's workout.

How did Mariota perform?

"I thought it went OK," Mariota said in an interview with NFL Network following his workout. "I thought there were some missed throws here and there, but I thought overall it was fun and the group did well out there."

Mariota hit most of his passes, but missed a few deep throws. Below are six notes from his workout:**

  1. He was 60-for-65 passing. **

Mariota attempted 65 throws during his workout and all but five were caught. Four were missed throws while one was dropped. Of his four misses, three were overthrows on deep passes and one was a miss on a short out route.

2. He huddled up in between plays.
It's unusual for quarterbacks to huddle up during their pro days but Mariota, who admittedly hasn't huddled up since high school, took play calls from Kevin O'Connell, his former quarterback coach, and called them out to his receivers in a huddle. Why? "Just to bring everybody together," Mariota said. "Just to go through and communicate what was expected and give some guys rest, allow them to come back together and break a huddle. The dynamics of it help keep it flowing well."

3. He took every snap from under center.
In 2014, Mariota took just five snaps from under center. During his pro day, he didn't operate in the shotgun at all. "You're going to have to be able to go under center in the league," Mariota said. "I really wanted to work that."

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  1. He started off "uptight" but finished strong.**
    NFL Media's Mike Mayock analyzed Mariota's performance, stating he looked "uptight" at the beginning of his workout. "I think coming out there were some butterflies," Mariota said. "But that's OK, that's natural. But once we got into the thick of things and the group started having fun, it was enjoyable." Mayock agreed, saying he thought Mariota "ripped it" for the remainder of his workout.

5. The Bucs were there.
Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht and Director of Player Personnel Jon Robinson were in attendence for Mariota's workout.

6. He was having fun.
Mariota was serious, but still having fun. He could be seen smiling and joking with his teammates in between plays and after his workout.

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