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Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports that it's looking "stronger and stronger" that the Chargers will acquire Tennessee's No. 2 overall pick to select Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, while the Cleveland Plain Dealer anticipates the Browns making a "strong pitch" for the Duck.

Cole's sources say Philip Rivers and San Diego's No. 17 pick would be "just a start" to negotiations. This rumor steadfastly refuses to die, which tells us that the Chargers have purchased a seat at Tennessee's hypothetical auction. San Diego will face competition from four or five other serious suitors, including the Browns, owners of the Nos. 12 and 19 picks. As you know, new Browns' QB coach Kevin O'Connell mentored Mariota before officially signing on in Cleveland. If the Titans commit to Zach Mettenberger, all hell is going to break loose on draft night when they leverage their enviable position into a bounty of picks.
Apr 16 - 9:52 PM

Oregon DL Arik Armstead "didn't show much as a pass-rusher at Oregon but possesses good upside in this area with his length, power and athleticism," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He's also good against the run. He's straight out of central casting for what you look for in a 5-technique from a physical standpoint, but he could probably play either 4-3 defensive tackle or 4-3 defensive end if needed," McShay wrote. The 6-foot-7, 292-pound Armstead has the talent to go at the top of the first round and the production to go on Day 2. It seems likely that the difference will be split and he'll be tabbed in the middle of Round 1.
Apr 16 - 7:23 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota scored a 33 on the Wonderlic Test.

Florida State QB Jameis Winston checked in with a score of 27. These scores venture in significance outside of the "curiosity" department, but not by much. We've simply seen too many successes amongst QBs with terrible scores (Dan Marino is a famous example) and too many failures amongst those scoring high (Blaine Gabbert had a 42) to read much projectional correlation into the metric. If you've heard either Mariota or Winston speak, or if you watched the Gruden QB Camp series, you're already well aware that the pair would be just fine even if they couldn't play football. Winston is no doubt already being vetted by the major networks for TV work after his career is over.
Apr 15 - 7:28 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis predicts the Browns will trade up to No. 2 to select Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.

Cleveland has plenty of ammunition to fire at the Titans, beginning with the Nos. 12 and 19 picks. "The Browns should have as good a feel as any team for Mariota's abilities, as their quarterbacks coach, Kevin O'Connell, spent about six weeks preparing Mariota for the draft earlier this offseason, before he was hired by Cleveland," Davis wrote. ESPN's Ron Jaworski recently reported that Mariota will be Tampa Bay's No. 1 pick, but we assume Cleveland would be just as motivated to trade up for Jameis Winston, should the Bucs bypass the local product.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 14 - 8:09 AM

Oregon OL Jake Fisher has visited the Colts, Bengals and Saints, and has a trip lined up with the Dolphins, according to Mike Garafolo.

We have supported Fisher's first round selection for some time, and it seems like teams are interested in that range. Fisher has experience at both tackle spots and at guard. He is one of the best athletes along the offensive line in this class. Fisher is good at mirroring his opponent with footwork.
Apr 13 - 11:32 AM

ESPN's Ron Jaworski cites sources saying Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will be the No. 1 pick by the Bucs.

"...You're starting to see, in my opinion, Winston's stock starting to slide a little bit and Mariota's stock starting to go up a little bit," Jaworski said, noting it might be due to coaches joining the draft process. Jaws went on to discuss how much Chip Kelly loves Mariota, saying the quarterback will win multiple super bowls in the NFL no matter where he lands. We have remained steadfast in saying Mariota absolutely has a shot at being the No. 1 pick, especially with the Glazer family having final say.
Source: Philly Mag
Apr 13 - 8:35 AM

The Titans "brass" sees Zach Mettenberger as a "poor man's Tom Brady," according to David Climer of the Tennessean.

"Look, I’m not telling you this is what should happen. I’m just telling you what will happen," Climer writes, stating Mettenberger will be the starter to open the season. The writer does not agree with the Titans' reported conclusion, but adds "I’m just not buying that the Titans will draft a quarterback at No. 2." Other than being a sixth-round quarterback who theoretically wins inside the pocket, we aren't sure of many similarities Mettenberger and Brady have. Mett has a slow process and finished the last two seasons injured.
Apr 12 - 12:53 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota had a pre-draft visit with the Chicago Bears the first week of April, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The Bears have the seventh overall selection in the draft, and most likely, would have to trade up to get Mariota if they were serious. In the offseason, it looked like the Bears we're ready to move forward with Jay Cutler, but the Bears could just be doing their due diligence, in the case that Mariota were to fall into their laps at No. 7.
Apr 10 - 4:13 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that he would not be surprised if the Browns trade up for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.

"The least surprising move on draft day In my opinion? If the Browns trade up for QB Marcus Mariota. Priority No. 1 for the franchise is finding a QB," Brugler tweeted. Mariota admitted back in February, that he'd love to be reunited with his old quarterback coach, Kevin O'Connell, who worked with him in anticipation of the combine. O'Connell, who is now the quarterback's coach for the Cleveland Browns, was also Johnny Manziels' pre-draft tutor as well.
Apr 9 - 5:16 PM

Charles Robinson spoke with one AFC personnel member who said the Redskins, Marcus Mariota connection is for leverage purposes only.

"They're trying to create leverage to get someone to [trade] up" the AFC source said. In fact, Robinson notes the Redskins reported interest has "drawn a collective eye-roll from multiple league sources." The great Charles Robinson tweeted earlier that if Jay Gruden was in charge of the final quarterback decision, Robert Griffin III would not be there. Needless to say, it is the owner's call.
Apr 9 - 12:49 PM

Oregon DL Arik Armstead will have a pre-draft visit the 49ers at some point this month.

With defensive end Justin Smith considering retirement and Darnell Dockett probably not far behind, the 49ers need to fortify their defensive front in the draft. The 6-foot-7, 292-pound Armstead, who could conceivably play anywhere on the line, would be a good fit. ESPN's Steve Muench compares Armstead to Calais Campbell and Jared Odrick. Stats & Information Group's Sharon Katz, on the other hand, offers Ra'Shede Hageman, Quinton Coples, Gerald McCoy and Margus Hunt as comparisons to Armstead, the fourth-tallest DL measured at the combine since 2006.
Apr 8 - 5:36 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reaffirmed his belief that FSU QB Jameis Winston and Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will go Nos. 1-2 later this month.

"I could see any number of a half-dozen teams using [the No. 2] selection on the Oregon quarterback, including the Titans, who currently have it," La Canfora wrote. "But Tennessee doesn't seem married to that idea by any stretch and the Rams, Saints, Eagles, Browns or Chargers could end up in this spot to take the quarterback. Regardless, I hold firm to the belief that quarterbacks go 1-2, as they did in 2012. It's a two-quarterback draft and need prevails." In the opinion of Rotoworld, that wouldn't only be necessity winning out, but logic. We rank Mariota and Winston Nos. 1-2, in that order.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 8 - 1:46 PM

NFL Media's Mike Mayock has moved Marcus Mariota ahead of Jameis Winston on his QB rankings.

The reason for the move will not be "announced" until later. Mayock is one of the first in "big" draft coverage to list Mariota ahead of Winston. Rotoworld's Josh Norris has listed Mariota as the top quarterback in this class since his first list, with Winston second. The two are also Norris' top two prospects in this draft.
Apr 8 - 12:40 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports that "Marcus Mariota has gained more and more traction" in the Bears front office.

The cost would be large, but Chicago can presumably get this done if they're motivated enough to do so. If the Bears were to offer Tennessee local favorite (Vanderbilt) QB Jay Cutler and the No. 7 pick for No. 2, the Titans at the very least would need to have a long organizational discussion before countering. "Despite the idea that John Fox was brought in as head coach with the presumed idea that he was going to fix Jay Cutler so that the Bears could find out once and for all whether Cutler was the answer at quarterback, there are some people in the Bears organization -- and the Bears pick No. 7 overall -- who believe that Mariota might be the answer and that ultimately, trading Cutler may actually work out," Cole wrote. Cutler is under contract through 2020 with a mountain of guaranteed money, but that's more of Tennessee's problem if a deal is made, as Chicago would save $12.5 million in cap space by trading him, according to Over The Cap. Stay tuned.
Apr 8 - 12:33 PM

The Titans will host Oregon QB Marcus Mariota for a pre-draft visit on Thursday.

Head coach Ken Whisenhunt has said he wants to add a quarterback, though the Titans, sitting in the No. 2 slot, are also considering Leonard Williams or a trade down. Mariota is fresh off a Tuesday private workout for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, owners of the No. 1 overall pick, expected to be used on Jameis Winston. The Titans will host Williams for a visit later this week.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 8 - 1:40 AM


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