The 2nd pick in the 2015 NFL Draft belongs to the Tennessee Titans. In new head coach Ken Whisenhunt’s first year the team finished 2-14 as well, but lost out on the first pick to a tiebreak with Tampa Bay. In my opinion, they are also in need of a franchise quarterback which the franchise has been lacking since Steve McNair. Vince Young was a bust during his time in Tennessee. The organization seems to be pretty high on last year’s late round pick Zach Mettenberger, but he has been injury prone over the last few years. Former president and CEO Tommy Smith left his position last month leaving a void heading into the draft later this month. It’s a mystery as to who will be making the final call on draft night which usually doesn’t bode well. However, the team had some nice additions on the defensive side most notably bringing in former Steelers defensive coordinator Dick Labeau as an assistant head coach. He will be working with former colleague Ray Horton who is the official defensive coordinator. The team also made several quality free agent signing including Brian Orakpo, Perrish Cox and Da’Norris Searcy on the defensive side of the ball. Veterans Harry Douglas and Anthony Fasano were brought in on offense. There are still holes that can be filled on the defensive and offensive lines that a trade is not out of the option to acquire multiple picks. With the 2nd pick in the Birds Scoop 2015 NFL Mock Draft the Tennessee Titans select…
I know many have speculated that Mariota would not fit into the style of offense that head coach Ken Whisenhunt runs or wants. However, I think for a franchise that has struggled badly for so long at the quarterback position it’s tough to pass up on a talent like Mariota. While there have been rumors floating around of a possible trade for Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers to be reunited with Whisenhunt I don’t think that would benefit the Titans much at all. Drafting Mariotagives you the potential franchise quarterback to build a young team with similar to Jameis Winston with the 1st pick. It would be an adjustment for Mariota to work with Whisenhunt but he is a very sharp kid who can pick things up quickly. If they decide not to go with Mariota or another player at this position I can certainly see the Titans moving the pick to collect more assets and fill holes they have at other positions. It remains to be seen whether Whisenhunt is set on Mettenberger as his quarterback of the future. Personally, I wouldn’t bank on a guy coming off ACL and shoulder injuries in the last two years. Mariota would have nice weapons in Tennessee with young running back Bishop Sankey who was drafted last year in the 2nd round. On the outside Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter are underrated targets. Delanie Walker and Harry Douglas would give him a veteran presence to rely on as well. The offensive line features recent first round picks Taylor Lewan and Chance Warmack. This continues to be an area of need to fill the other spots ensuring protection for whoever the signal caller may be.
Impact on the Eagles:
The impact here is pretty obvious to all Eagles fans as the Mariota to Philly talk has been going on for months. Tennessee selecting the Heisman winner would put a nail in the coffin to the rampant sports talk radio discussions. It would also force the fanbase and most importantly front office to focus on the next moves in the draft now that Mariota was off the board. If they were interested in selecting a quarterback in the draft the next best options are considered to be Brett Hundley from UCLA and Baylor’s Bryce Petty. The top two picks being quarterbacks could cause a domino effect of one team wanting to move higher up to take the next guy in line. On a positive note, Mariota would be in the AFC rather than in a Redskins uniform or another NFC foe. Next up on the clock is the Jaguars with the 3rd pick.