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Quarterback Marcus Mariota: 'I'd love to play for the Jets'

Oregon's Marcus Mariota throws during drills for NFL

Oregon's Marcus Mariota throws during drills for NFL football scouts during Pro Day at the University of Oregon, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang) Credit: AP / Ryan Kang

The NFL draft is a month and a half away, but that hasn't stopped Marcus Mariota from envisioning his potential landing spot.

"I'd love to play for the Jets," the Oregon quarterback said Friday, according to the Asbury Park Press, while he was in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Mariota was on hand for the annual Maxwell Football Club awards ceremony, where he was given the Maxwell Award as college football's player of the year.

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

It was, of course, the politically correct answer.

The Heisman Trophy winner has been linked to the Jets, the franchise QB-needy team that holds the No. 6 pick in the draft.

But there's also been some speculation that Eagles coach Chip Kelly -- once Mariota's college head coach -- will move up from the 20th spot to select the former Duck.

"I wouldn't doubt it," Mariota said of Kelly potentially pulling off a blockbuster trade to get him. "But coach Kelly and the Eagles are going to do what's best for that team, and we'll see what happens."

Mariota, who was somewhat underwhelming during his Thursday pro day, said he had an informal breakfast meeting with the Eagles' quarterbacks coach on Thursday. He also said "everybody" jokes with him about the Eagles moving up to get him.

"I'm not sure what coach Kelly wants to do, and I haven't talked to him about it," Mariota said. "He's been more of a mentor for me when I needed someone, or if I needed to talk to him about anything, he's been there for me."

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