Marcus Mariota or Amari Cooper at No. 1? Greg McElroy makes his pick

The college football regular season has come to a close, the Heisman Trophy has been handed out, and the New York Jets, Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders have all secured 10-loss seasons. (And maybe, eventually, the winner of the NFC South.)

So what’s that all mean? Well, there are plenty of people already setting their sights on the 2015 NFL Draft. Earlier this week on SiriusXM Bleacher Report Radio, SiriusXM College Sports Nation host Greg McElroy gave his take on a pair of players projected in most mock drafts to go in the top 10: Marcus Mariota and Amari Cooper.

If McElroy, a former NFL quarterback and Alabama alum, had to choose between the Alabama wide receiver and the Oregon quarterback, who would he take?

“It’s tough to say,” McElroy said. “I always think the quarterback is the building block of what you’re trying to do. It just depends on the offense you’re trying to run. If you want to do a little bit more spread, a little bit more Philadelphia Eagles, then I would probably go with Marcus Mariota, obviously. If you’re trying to feature the quarterback run game, if you’re trying to use the athleticism in the backfield, then I would lean quarterback.

“If I was a team that was trying to run the football like Rex Ryan wanted when he first stepped on the field in Florham Park, N.J., to coach the Jets, you want that downhill smash attack, I would draft Amari Cooper 100 percent,” McElroy continued. “Because if I’m gonna run a power-I, I’m gonna have a two-receiver featured set; having one absolute gambreaker on the outside at the X position is really, really difficult to handle.”

In the end, McElroy went with his positional allegiance over his collegiate allegiance.

“Me being quarterback, I probably lean toward quarterback. I really think Marcus Mariota is going to be an outstanding pro.”

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