NFL Draft Day Rumors: Everybody Wants the Titans’ No. 2 Pick so They Can Draft Mariota
Well, it’s finally here. The 2015 NFL Draft officially gets underway tonight in Chicago. That means today is basically Christmas for NFL fans, only with way more gossip.
Interestingly enough, this year all the best draft day rumors have to do with the No. 2 overall pick and the guy everyone thinks is the second-best quarterback in the draft. That pick belongs to the Tennessee Titans, and that quarterback is Marcus Mariota.
Nobody is lusting after Jameis Winston, of course, because everybody believes the Buccaneers are going to take him with the No. 1 pick. But the Titans have said that while they would be happy taking Mariota with their No. 2 pick, they are also open to trading down. And a number of teams have approached the Titans to see just what it would take to get their pick.
ESPN’s Todd McShay hears the Jets, Eagles, and Browns are all in hot pursuit.
Mock 6.0 (FINAL) done. Mildly surprised how many teams still legit interested in moving up. NYJ, PHI, CLE to 2 (Mariota). ATL, NO (edge def)
— Todd McShay (@McShay13) April 30, 2015
The Jets have the No. 6 and No. 37 picks, and if they wanted to pull the trigger (No. 6 + No. 37 and/or Geno Smith?) it seems they’d have the best shot at swapping spots with the Titans. However, it’s not clear if they have actually talked to the Titans about this.
The Browns are another story. According to one ESPN source, they’ve had very specific discussions about trading their first round picks—No. 12 and No. 19—to take the Titans’ spot and draft Mariota. Of course, sources inside the Titans and Browns both deny that this is the case, but they’re probably liars, right?
Then there are the Eagles. Despite coach Chip Kelly insisting that he loves Sam Bradford and that he’s not going to mortgage the future to get Mariota, it seems that what everyone suspected all along is actually true. He wants Mariota bad, and a source told Pro Football Talk that the Eagles are “doing all they can” to get him.
What does “doing all they can” entail? The long con, probably. You see, the Eagles knew way back in February that the Browns liked Bradford, that they had talked to the Rams about acquiring him, and that they couldn’t get the deal done. So the Eagles then traded Nick Foles for Bradford in hopes of getting one or both of the Browns’ first round picks, which they would then turn around and trade to the Titans, along with their own No. 20 pick, for the No. 2 pick.
So it all comes down to two questions. How many top-10 or two-20 picks will it take for the Titans to trade the No. 2 pick? And how much does Cleveland like Sam Bradford?
Of course, if I were running the Bucs I’d take Mariota with the No. 1 pick just to piss everybody off. But that’s just me.
The 2015 NFL Draft starts tonight at 8PM ET on ESPN and the NFL Network.