Officially the second quarterback off the board, reigning Heisman winner Marcus Mariota will be suiting up for the Tennessee Titans next season.
After rumors persisted that as many as a half dozen teams were interested in potentially moving up for Mariota, he landed with the team originally selecting second overall.
This comes after numerous rumors linked the Philadelphia Eagles, among other teams, to the second pick and Mariota.
Put under the microscope during the draft process, Mariota isn’t seen as anywhere near the can’t-miss product that Jameis Winston, who was selected No. 1 overall by Tampa Bay, is viewed as.
This doesn’t discount the ridiculous on-field performance Mariota put up for Oregon during a three-year stint as the team’s starter in Eugene. This past season saw Mariota put up a whopping 57 total touchdowns compared to four interceptions en route to leading the Ducks to the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship game.
Now that the draft process is over and Mariota will be playing for the Titans, the focus now turns to whether he will start immediately. With Zach Mettenberger already on the roster, there’s likely going to be a training camp competition for the starting gig. But make no mistake about it, Mariota is the team’s franchise guy.
Then again, there could be a move relating to Mariota as the first round unfolds. Never discount the mad scientist that is Chip Kelly.
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