According to Peter King of Monday Morning Quarterback, the Tennessee Titans scouts were the most fervent of all teams during and after the season investigating Mariota, but if they cannot find a trade partner they are likely to draft the Oregon gunslinger.
Tennessee wants an offer; the Titans aren’t married to picking anyone at number two. I do not believe Tennessee has gotten a golden offer yet. As one GM in the top 10 told me Saturday: “Tuesday or Wednesday is when those calls are made, the serious calls.” Maybe—but the Falcons did the work on the huge Julio Jones draft deal with Cleveland three weeks before the 2011 draft. I’ve got to think that the Titans would know if they were going to get a really good offer by now. And I hadn’t heard of even a strong rumor of one by late Sunday afternoon. That doesn’t mean it won’t happen. The Titans, though they feel good about Zach Mettenberger, would feel better about Mariota.
I would like to think someone would be willing to trade up for Mariota, but if the Chargers, Eagles and Browns begin to drag their feet another team could sweep in.