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NFL Draft Rumor 2015: The Cleveland Browns like Marcus Mariota

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Albert Breer is reporting that the Cleveland Browns could have an interest, and a connection, to Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>As <a href="https://twitter.com/SBJLizMullen">@SBJLizMullen</a> said, Marcus Mariota has signed with <a href="https://twitter.com/Rep1Sports">@Rep1Sports</a>, which had Blake Bortles last year. Interesting twist here, too.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/565183611792412672">February 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>(cont) ... Mariota has been doing QB drills with Kevin O&#39;Connell since mid-January. O&#39;Connell will join the Browns staff as QBs coach soon.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/565183885965660160">February 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Browns GM Ray Farmer has shown a liking for Mariota. Cleveland has the 12th, 19th overall picks. Obv, Farmer will get good intel from KOC.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/565184380834811904">February 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>One quick note on O&#39;Connell: He&#39;s not been officially hired by Browns yet. He&#39;s finishing his prior commitments (one being Mariota) first.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/565185426785173504">February 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Now as I always say this time of year, you cannot believe anything you hear, but this is an interesting rumor.  It is of particular interest to the Titans because the Browns are the only team in this draft that currently has 2 first round picks.  If the Titans are going to trade out, they need a big return in this draft.  The Browns could provide that.  It is something to keep an eye on.