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Frost getting 'dumb' Marcus Mariota questions

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Jaworski: I like Mariota as No. 1 pick

Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge explain why QB Marcus Mariota could be a better fit in Tampa Bay than Jameis Winston would be because of his athleticism and football security.

NFL scouts have to know everything they can about a player. It comes with the job. Sometimes that involves asking questions that might seem a little, err, well, “dumb.”

So says Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost, who told Tyson Alger of the Oregonian that the queries about former Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota are getting ridiculous. There’s something to be said for doing your due diligence -- especially when you’re talking about a top-5 pick, and maybe the No. 1 overall. But there’s due diligence, and there’s dumb diligence.

"Some of them were great questions and some of them were some of the dumbest questions I've ever heard," Frost said. "I think it's ridiculous to think Marcus is too nice to play football. If that was the case, he wouldn't have won so many games around here."

Too nice to play football? That’s like saying Ted Miller is too snarky to be a columnist.

"The kid can do anything you ask of him on a football field," he said. "To say he can't be a pocket quarterback, someone who says that just doesn't know him. I have so much confidence in him, there's nothing he can't do."

Mariota’s stock has been rising the last couple of weeks. If you watch the video above, you’ll see why.

Also worth noting that he’s got the brains to play the position -- if you buy into the Wonderlic test. Mariota reportedly scored a 33, while Jameis Winston -- the other potential No. 1 overall pick -- scored a 27.