Marcus Mariota
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The Tennessee Titans surprised everyone on Thursday night and actually drafted, and kept the reigning Heisman Trophy winning quarterback from Oregon, Marcus Mariota. This was a shock to most with rumors circulating about trades with San Diego for Phillip Rivers, to Cleveland for their 12th & 19th 1st Round picks or to Philadelphia so that Mariota could be reunited with Chip Kelly. There was also the possibility of the Titans drafting what some believed to be the most talented player in the draft, defensive end from USC Leonard Williams. See my previous article titled “Titans draft surprise” on possible draft scenarios for Tennessee. But in the end, the Titans once again did the boring thing and took the player everyone thought they should. Only this time, that boring pick might finally be the face of their franchise they have desperately been seeking since Steve McNair.

Marcus talks about being drafted by Tennessee and the whole experience of the draft process… 

Mariota definitely impressed during his off-season workouts in addition to his Heisman Trophy winning college resume as he was the most sought after player of the 1st Round. The Titans had at least 3-4 suitors that were trying to move up into the 2 spot on the day of the draft. Tennessee didn’t cave and held firm in the belief that Mariota could be a special player. That notion was confirmed on Thursday night when Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said he expects Mariota to be the starter in week 1. If you go back and read my article “Tennesse Titans schedule provides challenges“, I mentioned one of the top keys to the upcoming season is to finally solve your QB issues and know who your starter will be this year by May 1st. Well it appears that the Titans definitely did that on Thursday night.

So now that it appears we can put the QB issues behind us, my next key to this season is getting a lot better, really quickly. The Titans now have a good opportunity to accomplish that as they have the 1st pick in the 2nd Round when the draft resumes Friday night. Some of the best players remaining include Randy Gregory-LB (Nebraska), La’el Collins-OT (LSU), Landon Collins-SS (Alabama), Jalen Collins-CB (LSU), Jordan Phillips-DT (Oklahoma) and Eddie Goldman-DT (Florida State). I would look for the Titans to draft Gregory with the 1st pick in the 2nd Round with Jordan Phillips or Eddie Goldman as potential candidates as well. I have to believe the Titans have addressed their offensive deficiencies, now it is time to let newly hired Hall-of-Fame defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau to get his hands on a new toy. Tonight gives Tennessee fans plenty to cheer about but the celebration will be short as the Titans are right back on the clock.

 

Let us know what you think about the Titans drafting Mariota with the 2nd pick in this years draft. Will he be the difference maker Tennessee has been needing? 

Brandon covers the NFL & Tennessee Titans for MyFantasySportsTalk.Com, you can follow him on Twitter @New_Breid

 

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