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NFL Draft 2015: Redskins will take Marcus Mariota if he falls to No. 5, per report

Could the former Oregon quarterback end up in Washington?

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Mariota could be coming to the NFC East. But maybe not to the Eagles. According to Howard Eskin, Mariota won't make it past No. 5 to the Washington Redskins.

"In the last 24 hours I spoke with 3 NFL sources and I was told by everyone that Redskins will take Marcus Mariota if he gets to 5."

Eskin is definitely plugged in when it comes to the Eagles but it remains to be seen exactly how much he knows about Washington's draft plans.

It could happen, though. Washington head coach Jay Gruden inherited Robert Griffin III and hasn't exactly been thrilled with him. Griffin, even when healthy, was benched last season in place of journeyman passer Colt McCoy. Gruden has already said he's committed to Griffin as the team's 2015 starter but things could obviously change. Keep in mind that Washington hired a new general manager this offseason in Scot McCloughan. For what it's worth, he was one of the many NFL executives seen at Mariota's pro day at Oregon on Thursday.

If Chip Kelly's word is any indication, the Eagles coach said he's not going to mortgage the team's future draft picks in order to get Mariota. If that's the case, and if Mariota falls to No. 5, Kelly could be game-planning twice a year against the quarterback he compares to Peyton Manning.

Or maybe it's all a smokescreen.