When Will Mariota Be Drafted?

At this point in draft season, signs are pointing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selecting quarterback Jameis Winston first overall. With the Tennessee Titans on deck, it isn’t clear where QB Marcus Mariota (or whichever signal caller isn’t picked first) will land.

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America

The Titans appear committed to QB Zach Mettenberger, who they drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 draft. Mariota impressed Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt at a recent workout, but with defensive lineman Leonard Williams on the board and the ability of trading down, the Titans likely won’t draft Mariota.

If the Titans trade down, the Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, St. Louis Rams, and Philadelphia Eagles could move up to the second overall pick. The Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, and Washington Redskins round out the top five, and trading down could pay big dividends for these teams as well.

As the draft nears, it looks unlikely that Mariota will fall out of the top five. Crazier things have happened in recent drafts, but the bottom line is that at least one QB-needy team will take Mariota early.

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