We can look at different scenarios for the Titans, including them passing on a quarterback with the second pick. But look at the quarterbacks for the four teams still in the playoffs. Each has a franchise quarterback. Sure, two weren't first-round picks. But a player with Mariota's potential has the ability to become one.
I actually like Mariota a lot and think he could be a really good player in the right offense. However, that offense is not one that Ken Whisenhunt runs, and he is not going to change his offense for any reason ever. Don't believe me?
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Down 29. Already injured QB. Three backup linemen. Play call is four verticals. Never forget. <a href="http://t.co/GK9nnwKcw7">pic.twitter.com/GK9nnwKcw7</a></p>— Superhorn (@Super_Horn) <a href="https://twitter.com/Super_Horn/status/554697236223758336">January 12, 2015</a></blockquote>
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I wrote earlier this season that I would fire Whiz, hire Gus Malzahn and draft Marcus Mariota. That is a dream scenario. Unfortunately we are living in a nightmare- not a dream.
If the Buccaneers do draft Jameis Winston, how much would the Eagles be willing to give up to come to #2 and get Mariota? That would be the first thought in my mind on draft day if I were in Ruston Webster's shoes.