9. Marcus Mariota (2015)
Something of a quiet assassin who carved up Pac-12 defenses in Chip Kelly’s high-octane offensive schemes, Marcus Mariota became the first player from the University of Oregon to win the Heisman Trophy, and the first player born on the island state of Hawaii to win the award as well. In three years in Eugene, Mariota threw for 105 touchdown passes and just under 11,000 yards, helping lead the Ducks to the 2014-2015 National Championship.
Mariota’s overall production in college, ability to both run with and throw the football, and general coach ability (everyone raved about his humble demeanor and outstanding work ethic) made him a very valued quarterback prospect.